Tool Kit : Sexual Assault Awareness for People with Developmental Disabilities

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Individuals with developmental disabilities are sexually assaulted at seven times the rate of people without disabilities. As always, our team at Elevatus Training believes that education is the first line of defense in preventing sexual abuse. With this in mind, we aim to support all your training needs, and that’s why we have created a toolkit filled with educational articles and resources to support you. Together let’s raise awareness and educate people about this issue!


Knowledge is Power

An article by Katherine McLaughlin, Elevatus Training Founder and Director of Training.

People with Intellectual Disabilities and Sexual Violence

From The Arc.

Kecia’s Story

A woman with developmental disabilities and sexual assault survivor-turned-advocate shares her #MeToo story.


Recognizing Survivors of All Ages & Abilities This Domestic Violence Awareness Month

From the Administration for Community Living.

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD) Addressing Sexual Violence & Neglect Report


Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality: Becoming a Sexuality Educator and Trainer

A 3-Day certificate training for anyone who works with people with developmental disabilities and wants to lead sexuality education classes and staff/parent training.

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Sexuality Education for People with Developmental Disabilities Curriculum

This 350-page, one-of-a-kind curriculum has been field-tested and praised by experts and laypeople alike. It’s cognitively accessible and designed for teams of self-advocates, staff and teachers to co-lead an inspiring and engaging sexuality class. There is also a section that focuses on helping individuals with I/DD learn about healthy relationships and when to recognize when things go bad.

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Developmental Disabilities and Sexuality 101

This 6-module, online course offers you a proven, nuts-and-bolts approach to discussing sexuality and responding to behaviors. You’ll come away feeling more skillful, comfortable and confident when discussing sexuality with the people you serve.

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A Guide on Responding to Suspected Abuse of People with Developmental Disabilities

From Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute.

PDF Download: Sexual Assault Activity

Here’s an activity to use with the people you work with.

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NPR Series: Abused and Betrayed

This series focuses on a year long investigation into the hidden epidemic of sexual assault on people with developmental disabilities.

End Abuse of People with Disabilities

This website is a place to connect with others engaged in this work, to access the latest resources and research from the field, and to advance the thinking around intervention and prevention.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC) is the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence.