Sexual abuse is the silent epidemic that is rising at alarming numbers. Because of the shame & embarassment of the nature of the crime, people are hesitant to tell anyone. But what about those who may not be able to speak or those who have limited access to the world. Children with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more volunerable to sexual abuse than their non disabled peers. Often the perpretrator is someone that they know, or their caregiver. They are viewed as easy prey because they are easily intimidated or tricked into keeping silent. The legal system may not offer these victims any justice because they are not reliable witnesses in court so they don't persure legal action. Please help these children. If you even suspect that a chid is being abused, speak up. You do not need to have proof to place a hotline call. The number in New York is: 1-800-342-3720.
I have the privilege of being able to shape the minds and lives of children who are battling disabilities. It can be very trying at times, but more often than not it is very rewarding. As a mother of a child with a disability, I know the struggles that they go through on a daily basis. This allows me to have a little more compassion for the people that I work with.