Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sexual Abuse and The Developmentally Disabled

My latest article on Patch is not exactly a barrel of laughs. I'm writing about child sexual abuse in the wake of the Penn State scandal, and the astronomical rates at which the developmentally disabled are targeted by predators.

All I can say is...we'd better hope and pray that the statistics are wrong.

Click HERE to read.


  1. When these things happen a common impulse seems to be to protect the organization at the expense of the children. The Vatican, Penn State, The Citadel. You name it. That mindset needs to be changed within organizations. We have precident for such targeted change. Think of the sensitivity training of the 80's and 90's. It took that to make some people internalize that sexual harrassment in the work place is unacceptable. And these days many men would jump in and stop it if they saw a woman being beaten in a public by a man. But that may not have been the case 40 or 50 years ago. Why? Because awareness of domestic violence has rocketed in the last few decades. That's the kind of training that needs to happen concerning sexual abuse. Is it awful that organizations should needs that training? Absolutely. But that doesn't change the fact they do.

    Love ya Lynn, xo

  2. i want to skip this one. . . but I probably have to read it.

  3. We have no choice but to trust others with the care of our kids, some of whom are so completely helpless to fight back. It is so scary.

  4. It's very scary! Makes you wonder lots of things. I am very paranoid about my son going to public restrooms by himself because of it.

  5. A friend of mine told me her 12 year old grandson molested his 8 year old autistic sister by attempting to have sex with her on more than one occasion.

    No police were called. The mother wants to protect her son.

    I think she's ashamed of her daughter - the girl never attends community or family events. It's really sad the level of denial going on in my neighborhood.

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