Domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking survivors often have physical or mental health disabilities that are caused or exacerbated by abuse. Under the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, survivors with disabilities are entitled to a workplace free of discrimination and harassment and may be eligible for workplace reasonable accommodations for their disabilities, including a reduced work schedule, a leave of absence from work, or a transfer to a different position. Major life activities are basic functions and may include: caring for oneself, performing manual tasks, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, sitting, reaching, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, interacting with others, reproduction, and working. Major life activities also include operation of a major bodily function, such as normal cell growth, the operation of an organ, or the functioning of the digestive, neurological, respiratory, circulatory, cardiovascular, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and reproductive functions.
Sexual abuse of people with mental retardation
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Our experiences in childhood play a big part in shaping our health and well-being throughout our lives. Sexual abuse in childhood can leave scars that can last for a long time. But many cases are never reported. Some people feel very scared about reporting abuse.
Sexual abuse and intellectual disability
Sexual assault and abuse of people with disabilities often goes unreported. Help and support are available. People with disabilities are victimized by crime at higher rates than the rest of the population, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey NCVS. People with different disabilities may face different challenges and have very different needs.
People with disabilities are sexually assaulted at nearly three times the rate of people without disabilities. A survey of people with disabilities indicated that 60 percent of respondents had been subjected to some form of unwanted sexual activity. Unfortunately, almost half never reported the assault. In general, people with disabilities experience domestic and sexual violence at higher rates than people who do not have a form of disability.