2018: NPR Investigates Hidden Epidemic of Sexual Assault
Investigator Joseph Shapiro sheds new light on the sexual abuse of people with developmental disabilities in his series called "Abused and Betrayed."
The articles and interviews aired on National Public Radio/Minnesota Public Radio in January 2018.
"People with intellectual disabilities are sexually assaulted at seven times the rate of people without disabilities. It's a crime that often goes unrecognized and unpunished."
"A rape case 25 years ago revolutionized justice for people with intellectual disabilities. They were 'unwinnable' rape case, until prosecutors figured out the secret."
Shapiro is the author of the award-winning NO PITY: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement (Random House/Three Rivers Press), which is widely read in disability studies classes.
"Abused and Betrayed"
by Joseph Shapiro for National Public Radio
- 1/08: The Sexual Assault Epidemic No One Talks About
- 1/08: In Their Own Words: Adults with Intellectual Disabilities Tell Their Sexual Assault Stories
- 1/09: For Some With Intellectual Disabilities, Ending Abuse Starts with Sex Education
- 1/10: "She Can't Tell Us What's Wrong"
- 1/16: How Prosecutors Changed the Odds to Start Winning Some of the Toughest Rape Cases
- 1/18 From the Frontlines of a Sexual Assault Epidemic: 2 Therapists Share Stories
- 1/20 In Their Own Words: People with Intellectual Disabilities Talk About Rape
Listen to the whole series at https://www.npr.org/series/575502633/abused-and-betrayed