ASERT does not offer crisis services through our Resource Center. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health distress or thoughts of suicide please call or text 988 for support.
These resources are designed to provide information and tips on how to provide support to individuals with autism who may have experienced sexual abuse or assault. There are general resources that are appropriate for all ages and developmental levels, as well as specific resources for caregivers, professionals and individuals with autism.
Parents and caregivers of individuals who have experienced abuse or assault typically feel very upset after learning of the abuse. Feelings may range from denial, anger, and sadness, to frustration and helplessness.
Practicing good self-care is important. You can better support the victim if you are able to cope with your own emotions. Cope with these types of feelings by using techniques such as deep breathing, journaling, exercise, or progressive muscle relaxation. Finding activities or ways to take a break can also help.
Seek professional help in coping with your feelings related to the abuse or assault. By seeking treatment you can show that seeking help is a healthy way to cope with feelings following abuse or assault.
Contact the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-HOPE or www.rainn.org for help finding support in your area. The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime has resources and a web forum to communicate with others on topics such as child abuse, victim’s rights, court preparation, and more. To access their website visit: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc
These books and resources provide helpful information for caregivers of children who have experienced sexual abuse.
Check your local library for:
A good therapist will feel comfortable answering these questions honestly.
It’s also important to share your expectations regarding treatment. Some things you can expect or request from a therapist include:
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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.