Sexual Violence and Abuse

Statement from the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals

NADSP commends the recent media pieces by the Philadelphia Inquirer and National Public Radio that have educated the general public on the issue of sexual assault and other abuse against children, youth, and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. NADSP believes that even one case of abuse is one too many. However, “vigorously investigating and prosecuting abuse is like closing the barn door after the horse has bolted,” says Joe Macbeth, the Executive Director of NADSP. Reforms focused solely on what happens after the abuse are short-sighted and will offer too little protection, too late, for people with disabilities.