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Survey Finds Disability Abuse Widespread

Sep 06, 2013 -- 2:23 pm
More than 7 in 10 with disabilities say they’ve been abused, according to a new national survey, and in many cases individuals say the problems occur repeatedly.
In what’s believed to be the largest survey of its kind, over 7,200 people with disabilities, family members, advocates, service providers and other professionals were polled between May and October 2012.
The findings, released this week, suggest that abuse of people with disabilities is widespread across the country and often overlooked.
More than 70 percent of those with disabilities polled said they had been abused and over 60 percent of family members indicated that their loved one with special needs had been mistreated.
In about half of cases, victims said they experienced physical abuse. Some 40 percent reported sexual abuse and nearly 90 percent of those who said they had been violated indicated they were verbally or emotionally harmed. Neglect and financial abuse were also frequently cited. To read the entire article please click: http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/09/04/survey-abuse-widespread/18652/

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