Advocacy and Crisis Intervention

Advocacyand Crisis Intervention

Advocacyand Crisis Intervention

Moststudies on sexual abuse against women do not mainly considerdisability while the research on disability does not consider sexualabuse among women with disabilities. On the other hand, the serviceproviders do not connect the crucial issues of sexual abuse anddisability among women (Elman, 2005, p. 1). Consequently, the articleon Confrontingthe Sexual Abuse of Women with Disabilitiesby R. Amy Elman elaborates more on the current knowledge regardingsexual abuse especially among women with disabilities. It alsoexplains the methodological dilemma in research and the data onsexual abuse on women with disabilities and their perpetrators(Elman, 2005, p. 1). The article helps in identifying the obstaclesand gaps in the current information about sexual abuse of women withdisabilities. Thus, it aims to help people understand the problemsexperienced by rape victims with disabilities and promote effectiveprevention strategies.

Theresearchers conduct the study by examining various sources on womenwith disabilities and issues related to sexual abuse. The articleevaluates how sexual abuse studies address the issues of rape amongwomen with disabilities by using different sample populations, timeframes, and survey methods. The study finds that sexual victimizationamong women with disabilities is ten times higher that among thosewithout disabilities (Elman, 2005, p. 2). Besides, women withdisabilities are subjected to sexual and physical abuse for longerdurations than those without disabilities (Elman, 2005, p. 3).

Thefindings indicate the importance of changing the current attitudesand perception of rape among women with disabilities (Elman, 2005, p.6). Otherwise, the abused women will be reluctant to seek help frommedical, legal, health services, and law enforcement authorities. Thearticle offers information that is significant to the basicunderstanding of sexual abuse as one of the central and widespreadsocial problems affecting, but not limited to women withdisabilities. The information is essential in educating professionalson how they can better respond to sexually abused women withdisabilities by committing outreach programs and servicesspecifically designed to address their issues (Elman, 2005, p. 7). Italso underscores the importance of education in helping to curbsexual abuse among women with disabilities. Thus, it might facilitatefaster and more accurate physical examination and improvedhealthcare. Furthermore, it provides a basis for conducting furtherinquiry.

However,the article does not conduct a comprehensive analysis of the impactsof sexual abuse on women with disabilities since it does not providean exhaustive list of the electronic sources discussing the issues ofsex abuse (Elman, 2005, p. 8). Therefore, it is necessary to havemore research on the specific struggles and vulnerabilities thatwomen with disabilities confront in their efforts to curb sexualabuse (Elman, 2005, p. 2). The research should mainly focus ongender-based stereotypes, frequent lack of privacy, psychicaldifficulties associated with evading sexual abuse and mistreatment ininstitutional facilities.


Elman,A. (2005). Confrontingthe Sexual Abuse of Women with Disabilities.VAWnet:The National Online Resource Center on Violence against Women,1-12. Retrieved from: