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How To Protect Individuals With Disabilities From Sexual Abuse

Women with intellectual disabilities suffer sexual assault at 12 times the rate of the general population.

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, people with disabilities are at least 2.5 times more likely to experience violent victimization than those without disabilities. An NPR investigation released this January revealed Justice Department data on sex crimes that showed people with intellectual disabilities, both men and women, are victims of sexual assault more than seven times as frequently as people without disabilities.

The Project CARE (Community, Accessibility, Response, Education) collaborative provides comprehensive intervention and prevention services to people with intellectual or developmental disabilities in Greater Cincinnati.

Joining "Cincinnati Edition" to discuss protecting individuals with disabilities from sexual abuse are Project CARE self-advocate Bree Moss; YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Project CARE Manager Holly Watson; and from Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, Behavior Support Coordinator Kimi Remenyi and Service and Support Administrator Amanda Stegall.

Project CARE partners include the YWCA of Greater Cincinnati, Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health, Butler County SANE Network and Women Helping Women.

Tune in to "Cincinnati Edition" April 9 beginning at 1:00 p.m. to hear this segment. 

24-hour hotlines to call in case of emergency

Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services: 513-559-6629

YWCA Domestic Violence (Hamilton County): 513-872-9259

House of Peace (Clermont, Brown and Adams counties): 513-753-7281

Women Helping Women: 513-381-5610

Butler County SANE Network: 513-330-6171