Coronavirus (COVID-19) Health and Safety Guide
ASERT has compiled resources for those with autism and those who care for people with autism relating to the current COVID-19 outbreak.
This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for school-age children with autism about basic information regarding sexual abuse such as what it is, who abuses children, how often it occurs, and why people sexually abuse children.
What is sexual abuse?
When people do these things, they may tell me that what happened is a secret. It’s not a secret, it’s sexual abuse. My body belongs to me. My private parts are private.
How often does sexual abuse happen?
Who sexually abuses children?
Most times, people who sexually abuse children are males but females will sometimes also sexually abuse children.
Sometimes, children are abused by strangers but most children are abused by someone they know and trust. This may be:
Why do people sexually abuse children?
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.