Violence Prevention and Awareness
People with developmental disabilities can be more at risk for abuse for many reasons. GMSA developed this guide to support self-advocates and allies to know what domestic and sexual violence is and to know what to say and what to do when they hear about abusive situations. GMSA collaborated with the VT Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence to develop a Safe Person training to educate peers how to support someone who discloses abuse.
In 2015, GMSA joined the Vera Institute of Justice for the Exploring the Experiences and Needs of Male Survivors with Disabilities roundtable. Vera reports that, “While there is some information available that provides insight into the victimization of women with disabilities less is known about their male counterparts.” Stay tuned as GMSA works to develops resources geared to support men with disabilities who have experienced abuse.
In the summer of 2015, GMSA peer leaders produced a Public Services Announcement for parents on how to talk to your children with disabilities about sexual abuse. Click here to watch this short video.
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