#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.