#MeToo means people with Disabilities and Men

Diane DeVillers
Posted April 23, 2018 from United States
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#MeToo Includes People with Disabilities

With the sexual assault of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) getting much more media attention following NPR’s series, Abused and Betrayed, The Arc has been working tirelessly to get people with I/DD involved in the #MeToo movement. Similarly, 1in6, a national nonprofit organization supporting men who have experienced sexual abuse or assault, is focused on sharing the stories of male survivors of sexual assault. In recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM) 1in6 released a PSA sharing the powerful stories of male victims of sexual assault. The PSA features James Meadours, an advocate with I/DD from The Arc’s network who shares his story of sexual assault. Take a few minutes and watch this powerful PSA. You can also read a blog by James Meadours and Leigh Ann Davis, Director of Justice Initiatives for The Arc about why people with I/DD must be included in the #MeToo movement.

It also means including men in the sexual assault movement since 1 in 6 has been abused.


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Jill Langhus
Apr 24, 2018
Apr 24, 2018

Hi Diane. Thanks for sharing insight into getting more people with disabilities to speak up about abuse, as well as men. Men definitely need to be included in the abuse recognition equation. They also need to speak up. Thanks also for sharing your powerful, YouTube link.