NPR Series Highlights Sexual Abuse of People with Disabilities

An NPR series this month brings attention to a widespread, but underreported, issue: sexual violence against people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

“Within the national conversation around #MeToo and sexual assault, there hasn’t been much discussion of how many children and adults with IDD are affected by these crimes,” said the ICI’s director, Tom Sannicandro.

“People with IDD experience sexual violence and abuse at a high rate,” Sannicandro continued, “and survivors with IDD are beginning to speak out. As members and allies of the disability community, it’s essential that we listen to their stories.”

AUCD has posted an episode-by-episode guide to the series, which aired on NPR from Jan. 8 through 18.