Be Safe Resource Collection

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Individuals with disabilities have a long history of mistreatment, abuse and devaluation. Recent reports indicate individuals with developmental disabilities experience sexual abuse at a rate seven times higher than their non-disabled peers. However, this has been a topic that has received little attention over the years, leading to a significant lack of information and resources for both individuals with disabilities and communities who support them. Fortunately, many of the factors that contribute to the high rates of abuse and exploitation of individuals with disabilities can be prevented when the appropriate knowledge and resources are available.

In response to these recent statistics, ASERT has partnered with researchers at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. The Be Safe Resource Collection will be comprised of infographics, social stories, eLearning courses and other resource materials focused on the prevention of sexual abuse as well as intervention strategies to support individuals who experience abuse.

Prevention Resources

These resources are designed to provide information and tips on how to prevent sexual abuse and assault in individuals with autism. 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.

General Resources

Be Safe: Identifying and Reporting Abuse in Children

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault for individuals with autism, is designed to provide general information on different types of abuse and what to do if you suspect someone may be experiencing abuse.

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Be Safe: Pathway to Victimization

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides general information on factors that put individuals with autism at risk for potential victimization.

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Be Safe: Why Is Abuse Not Reported

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information regarding why abuse is sometimes not reported.

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Be Safe: Signs of Abuse or Sexual Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is designed to provide general information on the different types of abuse, reasons why individuals with autism are at an increased risk for sexual abuse, and signs of sexual abuse or abuse.

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Be Safe: Risk and Protective Factors for Abuse or Sexual Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is designed to provide general information regarding risk factors for individuals with autism to experience abuse as well as factors that can help protect individuals from abuse.

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Be Safe: Educating About Sexual Abuse and Assault

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is designed to provide general information on the importance of educating individuals with autism about sexual abuse and assault as a way to help prevent sexual abuse and assault.

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Individuals with Autism

Be Safe: What is Sexual Abuse and How Do I Stay Safe

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.

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Be Safe: Body Awareness and Body Safety

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is developed to help teach children with autism about the concepts of body awareness and body safety.

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Be Safe: Understanding Touch

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is developed for school age individuals with autism to help them learn about different types of touch and rules for your body.

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Be Safe: Understanding Touch and Staying Safe

This resource is part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault. It provides information for adults with autism on understanding touch and ways to help stay safe.

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Caregivers

Be Safe: Talking to Children About Puberty, Sex and Sexuality

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for caregivers on how to talk to children with autism about puberty, sex and sexuality as an important step in preventing sexual abuse.

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Be Safe: Teaching Community Safety Skills

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for caregivers on how to teach community safety skills to children with autism to help prevent sexual abuse.

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Be Safe: Teaching Sexual Health and Safety

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides caregivers information on how to talk about sexual health and safety with their adult children who have autism.

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Be Safe: Institutional Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is designed for parents and caregivers of individuals with autism to help them understand and recognize signs of institutional abuse.

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Be Safe: What is Grooming?

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for caregivers on what is grooming behavior in relation to sexual abuse.

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Be Safe: Warning Signs of Grooming

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for caregivers on the warning signs of grooming behaviors in sexual offenders.

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Professionals

Be Safe: Teaching Personal Safety

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on teaching personal safety. This resource provides information for professionals who work with children with autism on how to teach and address personal safety skills.

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Be Safe: Teaching Self-Determination and Relationship Building Skills

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for professionals working with adults on how to teach self-determination and relationship building skills to help prevent sexual abuse and assault.

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Be Safe: Screening for Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for professionals working with individuals who have autism on different ways to screen for abuse in adults.

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Intervention Resources

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.

General Resources

Be Safe: Linking to Services

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse, is designed to provide general information about when to seek help for individuals who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, how to find the right type of treatment, and links to statewide resource centers.

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Be Safe: Mandated Reporters and How to File a Report

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information on who is considered a mandated reporter for child abuse in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as the process for reporting abuse to either ChildLine or Adult Protective Services.

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Be Safe: Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault for individuals with autism. This resource provides information about what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is, as this is the most common psychological disorder experienced by individuals who have been sexually abused or assaulted.

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Be Safe: Supporting Individuals Who Have Experienced Assault or Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information about understanding the victim's feelings and supporting the victim after experiencing assault or abuse.

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Be Safe: Understanding Sexual Assault and Abuse- Definitions and Perpetrators

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault for individuals with autism, provides information about what is considered sexual abuse and assault as well as information about perpetrators.

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Be Safe: Understanding Sexual Assault or Abuse- How, Who and Why it Happens

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information on how often sexual assault and abuse occur, who sexually assaults or abuses others, and why people sexually assault or abuse others.

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Be Safe: Evidence-Based Treatments

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault for individuals with autism, provides information on the types of treatment that have been shown to be effective in helping people cope with the psychological difficulties they may have after experiencing sexual abuse or assault.

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Be Safe: Helping to Prevent Re-Victimization

This resource, developed as part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information on how to protect individuals who have experienced abuse or assault from being victimized again.

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Individuals with Autism

Be Safe: Tips for Telling About Abuse/Assault

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for adult individuals with autism who may have experienced sexual abuse or assault to help them talk about and tell trusted adults about the abuse or assault.

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Be Safe: Self-Advocacy and Self-Disclosure

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is designed to provide information for individuals with autism on the importance of self advocacy and self disclosure if they have experienced abuse.

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Be Safe: Coping Skills After Experiencing Sexual Assault or Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for adults with autism on how to common feelings people experience after sexual assault or abuse, coping with feelings and preventing future assault or abuse.

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Be Safe: Coping Skills for Sexual Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for children with autism on coping skills and coping with feelings after experiencing sexual abuse or assault.

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Caregivers

Be Safe: Coping Strategies for Caregivers

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides tips and suggestions for helping caregivers to cope after a child or family member has experienced sexual abuse or assault.

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Be Safe: Finding and Understanding Treatment for Sexual Assault or Abuse

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for parents or caregivers on finding a therapist that is a good fit for your child and knowing what to expect from treatment.

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Professionals

Be Safe: Trauma and Autism

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information on symptoms after experiencing abuse or assault, specifically information related to coping and PTSD.

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Be Safe: Providing Treatment for Sexual Abuse to Children Diagnosed with Autism

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information for professionals on planning and structuring the therapeutic environment and completing assessments for sexual abuse and assault when working with children who have autism.

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Be Safe: Tailoring Evidence-Based Treatment for Individuals with Autism

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides information to professionals on how to tailor evidence-based treatments for sexual abuse and assault to individuals with autism.

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Social Stories and Visual Resources

These resources are a combination of social stories and visual resources that can be used to teach various concepts related to the prevention and intervention of abuse and sexual abuse for individuals with autism and developmental disabilities. These resources can be used alone, or in conjunction with the one page resources listed above.

General Community Safety

Be Safe: Public and Private Places Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story explaining the difference between public and private places, as well as behaviors that are okay in each setting.

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Be Safe: Home Safety Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story explaining ways to stay safe when at home.

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Be Safe: Community Safety Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story for individuals with autism to help explain and teach ways for them to stay safe when they are out in the community.

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Be Safe: Right to Be Safe Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information about an individual's right to be safe.

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Be Safe: Using a Urinal Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story that explains some of the unspoken social rules around using a urinal in a men's bathroom.

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Relationship and Sex Education Materials

Be Safe: Relationships Social Story, Parts 1-6

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information on different types of relationships such as friendships, family relationships, romantic relationships, strangers and acquaintances.

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Be Safe: Consensual Touch Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information on consensual touch in a visual format.

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Be Safe: Explaining Sex and Sexual Behaviors Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, explains sex and different sexual behaviors for individuals in a visual format.

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Be Safe: Healthy vs Unhealthy Relationships Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story that explains some of the differences in a healthy relationship compared to an unhealthy relationship.

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Be Safe: Rules for My Body Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information on rules for individuals bodies to help keep them safe.

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Be Safe: Who Should Help Me in the Bathroom Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story that explains who should help an individual if they need assistance in the bathroom, and how they should provide that help.

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Be Safe: What are Private Parts

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is a visual diagram that shows what are considered private parts for males and females.

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Be Safe: What are Private Parts

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provide visual explanations of what is considered private parts on both males and females for adults and children. This resource is designed for parents/caregivers, professionals, or family members to use with individuals with autism to help explain the concept of 'private parts' as a way to help prevent sexual abuse and assault.

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Be Safe: What are Private Parts

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provide visual explanations of what is considered private parts on both males and females for adults and children. This resource is designed for parents/caregivers, professionals, or family members to use with individuals with autism to help explain the concept of 'private parts' as a way to help prevent sexual abuse and assault.

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Be Safe: Understanding Private Parts Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story explaining private parts and when it's okay for other people to see or touch private parts.

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Teaching About Abuse

Be Safe: What is Sexual Abuse (Children) Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story for children to help explain what sexual abuse means.

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Be Safe: What is Sexual Abuse (Adults) Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story for adults with autism.

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Be Safe: Abusive Behaviors Social Story

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection,are social stories that provides information for individuals with autism on what are abusive behaviors, including physical abuse.

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Be Safe: What is Trauma Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information in a visual format on what is trauma.

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Be Safe: What is Neglect Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information about neglect in a visual format.

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Be Safe: Why Do People Abuse Others Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe collection, is a social story that explains some of the reasons why people abuse other people.

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Talking About Abuse

Be Safe: Telling About Sexual Abuse Social Story for Adults, Part 1-3

This resource, part of the Be Safe collection, is a series of social stories focused on how individuals with autism can talk about and tell others if they have been sexually abused or assaulted.

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Be Safe: Telling About Sexual Abuse Social Story for Children, Parts 1-3

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection, are a series of social stories for children to help them know when and how to tell a parent or trusted adult if they have been sexually abused.

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Be Safe: Saying No Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, is a social story showing individuals with autism how to say "no" if someone is touching them. This resource can be used to educate individuals on how to keep themselves safe, as well as help to prevent an individual who has already experienced sexual abuse or assault from being victimized again.

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Be Safe: When I’m Uncomfortable Social Story, Parts 1-2

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, is a series of social stories that provides information for individuals with autism on recognizing when they are in a situation that makes them feel uncomfortable, and what they can do in that situation to make themselves safe.

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Be Safe: Secrets – When Should You Tell Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection focused on the prevention of sexual abuse and assault, provides information about different types of secrets and when keeping them can be dangerous.

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Dealing with Sexual Abuse

Be Safe: Coping with Abuse Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe resource collection, provides tips and suggestions for individuals with autism on how they can cope with the feelings they may experience if they have been abused.

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Be Safe: Flashbacks and Intrusive Thoughts Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe collection, is a social story for individuals with autism that explains flashbacks and intrusive thoughts that may happen after experiencing sexual abuse and assault, as well as ways to cope with those thoughts.

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Be Safe: Recognizing Negative Emotions Social Story

This resource, part of the Be Safe collection, is a social story that helps explain different negative emotions people may feel, and how you can recognize those emotions.

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Be Safe: Treatment for Sexual Abuse and Assault Social Story, Parts 1-4

These resources, part of the Be Safe resource collection, are a series of social stories that explain the different types of treatment that are available for individuals with autism who have experienced sexual abuse or assault. Treatment options include Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).

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