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The delivery of a survivors' group for learning disabled women with significant learning disabilities who have been sexually abused

Lookup NU author(s): Nicholas Peckham, Dr Sue Pattison


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• People with learning disabilities are more likely to experience sexual things happening to them when they do not want them to. This is called sexual abuse. • A group was started to help women who have been sexually abused. The group met once a week and lasted for 20 weeks. • Women who were interested in attending this group were given information about it and asked on three separate occasions if they wanted to attend. • Seven women with learning disabilities took part in the group and their carers helped them travel to the group and then went into a separate carers group upstairs. After the groups had finished the carers helped the women get home again. • Some of the women found it very difficult to talk about the sexual abuse that had happened to them. At first they felt very upset and two women hurt themselves. Everybody felt angry about what had happened and it was good to hear they were not alone. • After several months the group helped the women feel less scared and depressed and helped the women's carers understand them better. • This research matters because it helped the women move on with their lives and will help others who want to start a survivors' of sexual abuse group. © 2007 The Authors Journal compilation 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Peckham NG, Corbett A, Howlett S, Mckee A, Pattison S

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Learning Disabilities

Year: 2007

Volume: 35

Issue: 4

Pages: 236-244

Print publication date: 01/12/2007

ISSN (print): 1354-4187

ISSN (electronic): 1468-3156

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4187.2006.00426.x


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