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A lad tried to get hold of my boobs, so I kicked him: an examination of attempts by adults with learning difficulties to initiate their own safeguarding

Hollomotz, Andrea (2012) A lad tried to get hold of my boobs, so I kicked him: an examination of attempts by adults with learning difficulties to initiate their own safeguarding. Disability & Society, 27 (1). pp. 117-129. ISSN 1360-0508

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Abstract

People with learning difficulties are considerably more likely to experience sexual and other forms of violence than non-disabled people. Nevertheless, several respondents in this study have demonstrated some self-protective competencies. Most knew of their right not to be violated and a number of participants described situations when they had attempted to initiate their own safeguarding. Some had asked others for help with this. However, appropriate assistance was not always provided. This indicates that risk may be aggravated by social barriers. This paper focuses on highlighting the resistance skills that are prevalent amongst some people with learning difficulties. It concludes with suggestions on ways in which individuals may be further supported to realise their potential to play a more active role in directing and regaining their own protection.

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