Surprising Sexual Assault Statistics on Men with Disabilities

Think that women are more frequently the victims of sexual assault?

As a Dedham Massachusetts sexual offense lawyer, I can tell you – it’s not the case.

According to a new report published in U.S. News and World Report’s HealthDay News, men with disabilities are four times more likely to be sexually assaulted than nondisabled men. This study was conducted by investigators at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

Their study revealed about 14 percent of men with disabilities had been victims of sexual violence at some point in their lifetime. This contrasts with less than 4 percent of nondisabled men.

And who were the perpetrators? Acquaintances and strangers, along with family members, caregivers and intimate partners. As a Norfolk County Massachusetts sexual assault attorney, I can tell you this is, tragically, no surprise.

The men in the study were considered disabled if they had limitations from physical, mental, emotional or communication-related problems.

It all goes to show you that men with disabilities are at a heightened risk for being victims of sexual violence and victimization, and that, sadly, women and children are not the only victims of Massachusetts rape and sexual abuse.

If you have a loved one who is disabled, and you suspect that he or she has been the victim of sexual assault, contact our offices for a free consultation. Or if you have a loved one in a nursing home who is disabled, regardless of whether that person is a man or a woman, and you believe he or she may have been the victim of sexual assault, contact us. We are experienced in handling Massachusetts sexual assault, rape and sexual violence cases, and if need be, we will also come to your home for a free consultation.