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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.

Joseph Shapiro
Joseph Shapiro

"Abused and Betrayed"

by Joseph Shapiro for National Public Radio

Abused and Betrayed

Listen to the whole series at