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'May we please have sex tonight?'– people with learning difficulties pursuing privacy in residential group settings

Hollomotz, Andrea (2009) 'May we please have sex tonight?'– people with learning difficulties pursuing privacy in residential group settings. British journal of learning disabilities, 37 (2). pp. 91-97. ISSN 1468-3156

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Abstract

Many residential group settings for people with learning difficulties do not provide individuals with the private space in which they can explore their sexual relationships in a safe and dignified manner. Lack of agreed private spaces seriously infringes the individual's human rights. Many people with learning difficulties who lack privacy have no other option but to escape to isolated public or semi-private spaces to be sexually active. This places individuals at risk. It is suggested that self-advocacy driven policy guidance must be developed which must require residential services to review their practice to ensure that they accommodate residents' need for privacy, whilst supporting them to lead safe sexual relationships.

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