Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Recent reports of sexual abuse of women with disabilities

A reminder, sadly, that the sexual abuse of women with disabilities continues to pervade American society. The ages of these six women range between 11-years-old and 70-years-old. Four of them have developmental disabilities.

Black River, Michigan - WWNY TV 7 reported on Monday that a 60-year-old man who pleaded guilty to raping a woman with developmental disabilities in her home was sentenced to five and a half years in prison. It is reported that the man has a previous conviction for raping a woman.

Erie County, Pennsylvania - Times News reported that a 26-year-old man was convicted of assaulting and then "brutally" raping a 53-year-old woman with developmental disabilities. The man was sentenced to 18-years and 3 months to 39 years in prison.

Livingston County, Michigan - The Livingston Daily reported that a 21-year man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a a 11-year-old girl with disabilities was sentenced to 23 months in prison.

Salem, Oregon - The Seattle Post-Intelligence reported that a former caretaker was convicted of raping and sodomizing a 70-year-old woman with developmental disabilities. The 59-year-old man was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

Clay County, Florida - A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the sexual battery and "repeated" rape of a woman who uses a wheelchair, News 4 reports. According to Clay County officials, it was the second time the man had been charged with sexually abusing a disabled woman: at that time, he served six months in jail but was not required to be listed with the state's sex offender registry.

Moffat County, Colarado - On November 3, the Craig Daily Press reported that a 32-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old woman with developmental disabilities.