Investigating Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities

End Violence Against Women (EVAW) International recently launched a training module and hosted a webinar to provide guidance on how to successfully investigate sexual assaults against people with disabilities. Yet these are only two of the many resources now available in this area, all of which are offered free of charge.

EVAW International’s newest module in the OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) module is entitled Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against Victims with Disabilities. This free module offers 18 hours of continuing education units for those who are eligible.

You can also listen to the archived version of the webinar and obtain a copy of the slides in our webinar archive. A detailed course description provides more information about the content and speakers for this webinar.

Slides from the webinar are available in two formats: 1 slide per page for increased visibility or 3 slides per page with room for notes. The webinar transcript is also available.

In addition, EVAW International has compiled responses to the chat questions submitted during the webinar. Participants asked excellent questions about how to determine when people are able to provide informed consent to sexual acts - and when they lack this capacity due to severe cognitive disabilities, mental illness, or incapacitation from drug or alcohol use.

Questions addressed the following critical issues:

  • Do individuals with severe cognitive disabilities fit in the legal category of those unable to give consent?
  • Can consent be implied for nonverbal individuals? If so, how?
  • What is the legal definition of a caregiver and a dependent adult?

These questions are posted in the FAQs on the website. Responses are provided under the new tabs for Consent and Victims with Disabilities.

Source: EVAW International

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