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Sexual Abuse of Intellectually Disabled People

The Gold Law Firm – Denver Sexual Abuse Attorneys

sad woman with her head in her arms symbolizing Sexual Abuse of Intellectually Disabled People | Denver Sexual Abuse AttorneysThe prevalence of sexual assault against people with intellectual disabilities is horrifically high. Studies indicate that people with intellectual disabilities are 4-10x more likely to experience sexual assault than others and each year more than 15,000 are raped. Even more shocking is that it is estimated that more than 90% of people with intellectual disabilities will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetimes and nearly half will experience 10 or more abusive incidents. 

Why are Intellectually Disabled People at Risk?

Intellectually disabled individuals are at an increased risk for being sexually assaulted for many reasons, including:

  • Increased vulnerability
  • Ability to consent
  • Difficulty understanding sexual activities
  • Differential treatment before the law
  • Social attitudes and misconceptions about intellectual disabilities and sexuality
  • Long-term dependence on services
  • Lack of training in sex education
  • Low self-esteem and powerlessness
  • Inability to communicate their abuse
  • Difficulty identifying abuser

Sadly, the majority of the sexual assault comes at the hands of individuals who are known and trusted by the victim. In fact, 97% of abusers were trusted caretakers, friends or family members of the intellectually disabled individual. A statistical analysis of those abusers was shocking:

  • Health service providers (28%)
  • Family members (19%)
  • Friends (15%)
  • Babysitters or care providers (10%)

Getting Help

If you or someone you know has a disability and has been sexually assaulted, there is support available. Reporting the sexual assault is critical to protecting yourself or your loved one from further abuse. Call your local police station or 911. If your loved on is a vulnerable adult under Colorado’s laws, you can also contact the Department of Human Services or the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.

Once you have reported the crime and your loved one has been examined by a medical professional for signs of emotional and physical abuse, it is important to speak to an experienced sexual assault victim’s rights attorney immediately. Your attorney can help you stop the cycle of abuse and hold your abuser, and the institution that harbored them, responsible for the assault.

Contact Our Denver Sexual Assault Victims Rights Attorneys Today

Attorneys at the Gold Law FirmIf you or someone you love has been the victim of sexual assault in Denver, Boulder, or anywhere in the State of Colorado, we can help you seek justice against your abuser. At the Gold Law Firm, our Denver sexual assault victims rights attorneys are passionate about representing survivors of sexual assault and helping them seek the justice they deserve. We have the experience and the resources needed to fight for you. Contact the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303)-694-4653.

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