The other day, while discussing sexual assault on college campuses, I wrote, “there exist people in the world who will watch for a vulnerability and attack when they see one.” The next day, I came across an article that drove home that point. It was about sexual assault and disabled people.
… women with disabilities are one of the most at-risk demographics in the world. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, a staggering 80 percent of disabled women are sexually assaulted, and the rates are even higher for women with cognitive disabilities.
Nor is it only women. According to The Arc, an organization which represents people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,
Researchers have found that men with disabilities are twice as likely to become a victim of sexual violence compared to men without disabilities.
We all, I think, know of the stereotype of the drunk woman at a party who is sexually assaulted. It is not just being drunk, however. It is anything that might make you more vulnerable than another potential target, being small, being disabled, even being too trusting.
For more on this subject, you can read “#yesallwomen Includes Women with disabilities.”