Author: Moderator: Dorothy Griffiths, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Child Studies, Brock University, Canada. Panel: Dick Sobsey, R.N., Ed.D., Professor, Department of Education Psychology, University of Alberta Developmental Disabilities Centre, Canada. Topic: Prevalant Rates/Statistics: Ruth Ryan, M.D., Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Dual Diagnosis Program, University of Colorado, USA.Topic: Holistic Approach to Treatment: . Sheila Hollins, M.B., Professor and Head of Psychiatry of Disability, St. George's Hospital Medical School, United Kingdom.
Topic: VICTIM TRAINING: Children and adults with disabilities are particularly vulnerable to become victims of sexual abuse or assault. Research has demonstrated that person with disabilities are more likely to be victims of abuse than non-disabled persons, their perpetrators are often individuals in a caregiving role, and support after victimization is often nonexistent or inadequate. Severe behavior problems in both men and women with developmental disabilities have been found to be often associated with traumatic sexual abuse. The prevalence and implications of abuse and issues related to prevention will be discussed in this session.