Sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities: prevention strategies for clinical practice

J Child Sex Abus. 2012;21(4):386-98. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2012.675425.


Sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities occurs in alarming proportions, although the prevalence and incidence of such abuse is difficult to determine. Although all states maintain statistics on child sexual abuse, the rate of victimization for individuals with disabilities is not specific. This paper reviews several studies conducted on sexual abuse of individuals with disabilities with a focus on clinical prevention strategies. Recommendations for future directions in prevention and research are provided.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / prevention & control*
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data
  • Crime Victims / statistics & numerical data*
  • Disabled Children*
  • Humans
  • Prevalence