Sexual Assault, Disability, And Als )

2334 Words Nov 16th, 2014 10 Pages
Three in One
(Sexual Assault, Disability, and ALS)

By: Megan Briscoe
Research Essay/Paper
5th hour
October 25, 2014

Most people do not want to talk about sexual assault. They may see it as a horrible topic that should be kept in the dark, or something that is not allowed to be discussed at the din-ner table. What most people do not know, is that anyone, anywhere in the world can be assaulted sexually whether they are disabled or not. This crime does not discriminate against gender, age, race, or even sexuality like some crimes do. That is not saying that some predators do not prefer a certain type by any means, but generally it does not discriminate. It has been statistically proven that there are more persons who are disabled that are sexually assaulted, than people who are not disabled in any way, shape, or form. A person that is disabled could be impaired in their vision, hearing, movement, thinking, communicating, remembering, and so on. Since ALS is not only a disease, but also causes the victim to lose the ability to move, and they have a hard time communicating with people because they develop a shortness of breath. An ALS patient is classified as disabled, which means that they have a higher chance of being sexually assaulted. This can be seen in fully examining the sexual assault victim, the statistics and the effect that it has on the victim; disability and why it is more common within sexually assaulted victims; and how ALS ties into…

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