The heightened prevalence of sexual abuse among individuals with intellectual disabilities is an issue that has long been recognized within the provider community, who take their commitment to safeguarding the health and welfare of individuals they support very seriously. ANCOR is hopeful that through NPR’s reporting and the Arc’s continued advocacy we can work together to better identify and prevent abuse before it occurs. Community inclusion and integration are important factors in this work; segregation and seclusion can be accomplices to predators.
We are happy to see that Pauline has found safety and support with another community provider; we know community providers can be part of a solution and a path forward for individuals who have suffered sexual abuse.
The American Network of Community Options and Resources is a national trade association representing more than 1,400 private providers of community living and employment supports and services to over a million individuals with disabilities with a workforce that’s over half a million strong. ANCOR advocates for the crucial role private providers play in enhancing and supporting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. www.ancor.org
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