Rights – NPR Series on Abuse of People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Begins Today

At a moment of reckoning in the United States about sexual harassment and sexual assault, a yearlong National Public Radio (NPR) investigation finds that there’s little recognition of a group of Americans that is one of the most at risk: adults with intellectual disabilities. The series starts on Monday, January 8th and runs through Thursday, January 18th. The Director of The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability, Leigh Ann Davis, was interviewed for this series in addition to staff and clients on several chapters of The Arc. The series schedule is as follows and can be found at www.npr.org:

  • Jan 8: Morning Edition: Correspondent Joe Shapiro talks about the series with host Steve Inskeep.
  • Jan 8: All Things Considered: The epidemic of sexual abuse of people with intellectual disability. Numbers obtained by NPR show they are sexually assaulted at rates more than 7 times those for all adults without disabilities.
  • Jan 9: Morning Edition: A visit to a Sex Ed class for people with intellectual disability. They talk about how they want relationships, but how the sexual violence of their past often gets in the way.
  • Jan 10: All Things Considered: On cases that go unnoticed when people have difficulty communicating.
  • Jan 16: All Things Considered: Police and prosecutors are often reluctant to take these cases. NPR goes back to Essex County, New Jersey, where the first case to get widespread attention–in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 25 years ago–was prosecuted. And look at what prosecutors have learned since.
  • Jan 18: Morning Edition: Therapists Nora Baladerian and Karyn Harvey talk about the stunning violence in the lives of their clients.
  • Jan 18: All Things Considered: Self-advocates speak of the effects of sexual violence. This piece is entirely in the voices of people with intellectual disability (plus Joe Shapiro).

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