Sexual abuse victim empowerment programme : an archival study assessing the relationship between demographics and level of intellectual functioning

Todd, Roxanne Margaret June (2005-12)

Thesis (MA (Psychology))--University of Stellenbosch, 2005.


Sexual abuse of individuals with cognitive deficits appears to be an extremely prevalent problem in contemporary society. Although it appears that many cases go unreported and remain unknown to everyone other than the victim and the perpetrator, reported rates of sexual abuse of children, adolescents and adults with cognitive deficits are high. The objective was to create a demographic profile of people with mental retardation who have been sexually abused whom are part of the Sexual Abuse Victim Empowerment (SAVE) programme in the Western Cape. Group comparisons were made between the different levels of mental retardation in terms of sexual knowledge, competence as witness, adaptive functioning and adaptive functioning age equivalents.

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