Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Reports in the media of sexual abuse

The following are summaries of some of the reports in the media of sexual assault against people with disabilities during this past week (13 January-20 January, 2009). In all cases, the sexual assailant is a male. Four of those attacked are female, three are male and all have developmental disabilities. One of the men also has a physical disability.

Oshkosh, Wisconsin (January 16, 2009) - A 53-year-old man has been convicted on three counts of sexual assault - according to this report from the North Western, the man coerced a 28-year-old woman with developmental disabilities into providing him with "sexual favours' by threatening not to suction her breathing tube.

Taunton, Massachusetts (January 16, 2009) - A 23-year-old man was sentenced to 7-10 years in prison after being convicted of raping a developmentally disabled man he had befriended several times between 2004 and 2006. According to this report in the Boston Herald, the man threatened to kill the man and his mother if he told anyone.

Quitman, Texas (January 14, 2009) - A 63-year-old man has been sentenced to two 20-year-prison terms for sexually assaulting two women with developmental disabilities at a privately owned living facility where he worked as a maintenance man. More here ...

Chetek, Wisconsin (14 January, 2009) - An 18-year-old male teenager was charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl with developmental disabilities. According to this report, the girl alleges that during four out of the five times she was assaulted, there was alcohol involved, and the teenager brought it over.

Monroe County, Tennessee (January 14, 2009) - A 38-year-old man has been charged with raping a developmentally disabled man under his care. According to WBIR.com, the man had been working as a "Host and Companion" for Adult Community Training; the two men were living together from 2005 to 2007 when the sexual assaults occurred.

Bixby, Oklahoma (January 13, 2009) - According to this Fox 23 News report, a 36-year-old man was was arrested and released on bond after being charged with sexually molesting a male nursing home resident who is described as blind and disabled.