The Facts

Sexual violence – the facts

Anyone can experience rape or sexual abuse at any point in their lives.

Sexual violence is any kind of sexual activity or act (including online) that is unwanted. It includes but is not limited to one or more of the following:

• pressure
• manipulation
• bullying
• intimidation
• threats
• deception
• force.

Research suggests that people with a learning disability are at much greater risk of sexual abuse and assault than the general population. Studies show that the incidence of abuse among people with disabilities is as much as four times higher than it is among the non-disabled population.” (Mencap, Behind Closed Doors report (2001)

Recent studies also show that autistic people may be up to three times as likely as their neurotypical counterparts to experience bullying, and physical or sexual abuse. (Enhance the UK, Neurodiversity and Abuse, December 2022).

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