People who are Intellectually disabled are sexually assaulted at seven times the rate of others according to a survey of this population aged 12 and older. Yet they rarely report it and rarely get justice. These numbers are underestimates because of surveys do not cover people in institutions or group homes who are some of the most vulnerable.
They are not ideal witnesses to prosecutors and are easier to manipulate and intimidate into silence. That is exactly why they are favorite targets of abusers.
I have lost track of the number of times I have been told not to believe an abuse allegation because the accuser is intellectually handicapped, “not right in the head,” “in special ed,” or “not normal.”
Instead, I urge those hearing allegations to consider that accusations of abuse by the intellectually disabled are usually true and fit the profile of a highly abused group.