Voice UK

Relationship Safety

Piloting an education programme for young women with learning disabilities about relationship safety. These women are four times more likely to be sexually abused than the non disabled population and referrals following abuse increase as more vulnerable women live independently in the community

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 January 2011 to 12:00 PM, 1 December 2011

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Situation

The problem is one of increasing rates of sexual abuse amongst young women with learning disabilities living in the community. Only 50% of women with learning disabilities receive any sex education which contributes to the reason that they are four times more likely to experience sexual abuse than their non disabled counterparts. Learning disability teams are supporting an increasing number of young women who have been abused and one team has produced a course tailor made for their specific need

Solution

Voice UK will run 12 pilot courses including the following components: Understanding differences between friendships and relationships Recognising risk and abuse in sexual relationships Alcohol awareness Recognising how to stay safe on a night out Understanding sex including how to say no Putting skills into practice through revising and repeating The courses will be targeted at young women percieved to be at risk and will help solve the problem by reducing ignorance.