Preventing Sexual Abuse and Assault in Individuals with Autism: Direct Support Professional Curriculum

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Objectives:

  • Explain the definitions, prevalence, and pathways to sexual abuse/assault.
  • Describe why individuals with autism are at risk for sexual abuse/assault.
  • Summarize the primary signs of sexual abuse/assault.
  • Discuss strategies that providers can use to help prevent sexual abuse/assault.
  • Describe how to monitor interactions in the community.
  • Explain the process of reporting suspected abuse/assault.

Presented by: ASERT Central Region

Content developed by: Angela Moreland, PhD, at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina; and Sierra Brown, PhD, at Penn State College of Medicine

Completion time: 30 minutes

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