This study supports earlier work suggesting that disability status increases the risk of sexual abuse for both boys and girls. More boys with disabilities are victims of sexual abuse, however, than would be expected from the proportion of boys without disabilities who are sexually abused. This may be the result of increased exposure of males to potentially abusive situations, combined with a greater likelihood of male victims of abuse being diagnosed as having disabilities. Awareness that boys with disabilities are sexually abused at a relatively high rate, especially during the elementary school years, needs to be considered in the development of prevention and treatment programs. Although such programs must meet the need of both boys and girls, this study points in particular to the needs of boys age 6-12.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Journal on Developmental Disabilities|
|Publication status||Published - 2000|