Warning: This post contains information about sexual assault that some readers may find disturbing. Rates of abuse are higher among those living with disabilities. In an effort to raise awareness about this very serious issue, Jessie has written a special series on sexual abuse that will be published over the coming months.
No one wants to think of a child being abused or violated and yet it happens every single day to thousands of innocent children. Children with a disability are at a higher risk of being victimized because of communication struggles with being non verbal and afraid of doing the wrong thing. It is a horrible thing to think of and it is horrible to live through as a child. There are behavioral warning signs that a child has been abused. It is easy to become stuck in the anger and trauma, but the focus needs to be on helping the child recover a sense of security and normalcy after any traumatic event. Read more