SAAM 2021

People with disabilities are disproportionately impacted by all forms of abuse, including sexual assault. In an effort to prevent sexual assault and other forms of abuse for people with disabilities, the Missouri Developmental Disabilities Council (MODDC) partnered with other organizations to develop the Abuse Awareness and Prevention Guide.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) and this month we are working to raise awareness about this issue by highlighting the Abuse Awareness and Prevention Guide and its related resources. The guide is designed to help people with disabilities and others understand and identify sexual assault and other forms of abuse. The guide provides both tools to help people prevent various forms of abuse and resources for survivors of abuse. Also, a video version of the guide is available.

While the guide was developed with people with disabilities and their supporters in mind, it is important for all Missourians to be aware of this issue so that everyone is involved in the prevention and identification of abuse.

The Abuse Awareness and Prevention Guide and related resources are available online.

The guide was developed in partnership by the Missouri Division of Developmental Disabilities; MODDC; and the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Institute for Human Development.

Additional Information

New resource aims to stop abuse among people living with disabilities - 41 Action News - KSHB-TV

Organizations offer guide to help developmentally disabled people identify abuse - News Tribune

Abused and Betrayed - NPR

And We Can Stop It - website with information and resources to help people recognize the signs of abuse and stop it.