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Lauredhel is an Australian woman and mother with a disability. She blogs about disability and accessibility, social and reproductive justice, gender, freedom from violence, the uses and misuses of language, medical science, otters, gardening, and cooking.

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12 responses to “Barriers to justice when rapists attack women with disabilities: new Australian report”

  1. MatildaZQ

    When I was doing sexual assault survivor advocacy (basically responding when survivors presented to the Emergency Room, and being there to be the person whose only goal was to look after their needs), the very first call I responded to was a young woman with Cerebral Palsy who’d been assaulted by the driver of her medical van. Everything, EVERYTHING was harder and more complicated, from the basic physical exam (it was difficult to impossible for her to stand on the sheet as they combed for hair and fiber; she was tiny to being with, and her lower body was particularly underdeveloped, and it never occurred to the person performing the exam to try using a pediatric speculum until I shouted at him to find one) to the fact that everyone kept trying to interview either me or her mother, despite the fact that she was quite clearly and eloquently communicating about everything from the assault to the dozens of surgeries she’d had. I felt (and still feel) completely stunned by the simple things that never occurred to me until I was faced with them in that situation and the pathetic inflexibility of the procedures for collecting evidence.

    MatildaZQs last blog post..The Rock Loves Pie: Alton Brown’s "Super Apple Pie"

  2. Grendel

    While the statistical data is thin on the ground the anecdotal evidence of abuse communicated informally to funding organisations reveals a terrible pattern of ongoing abuse for many people with disabilities. A great many more who are living somewhat independently in the community are also at daily risk of abuse due to the low hours of supervision provided.

    A great many of those approaching governments across Australia for supported accommodation of personal care provide examples of abuse as evidence to support their applications for funding.

    The barriers to disclosure described above are very real. I worked overseas for a while with children with disabilities who were living in an orphanage – most had parents who either did not want the child or who sent the child to the orphanage to protect them from abuse.

    Most bore emotional and physical scars including one young girl who had legs that had been fused together after she had been thrown into a fire.

    Grendels last blog post..The coffee or the people

  3. Beppie

    :(

    (That’s all I can really think to say– this post, and Matilda’s and Grendel’s responses, make me want to cry.)

  4. Helen

    You do such good work Matilda. Props to you!

    I have a 21 yo Angelmans nephew living in a CRU and 9 y o niece still living at home who is profoundly disabled but as yet no diagnosis (non verbal and cannot walk. I’m particularly worried about what happens when her mum can no longer keep her at home if that happens. I’m not sure about the nephew as he’s very big and strong but I don’t know if that’s enough.

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  10. J. Rocker

    This is so sad. I never had even thought about things like this occuring until reading this post. Hopefully awareness spreads.

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