No More!: Working to end the sexual abuse of people with learning disabilities
RASASH has been awarded funding by the People's Postcode Lottery to develop a sexual violence prevention program with and for young people with learning disabilities.
Despite research showing that learning disabled young people are between 2 and 4 times more likely to experience sexual violence or abuse than non-disabled young people, there is very little work and very few resources developed to address this. Group & self advocacy projects for people with learning disability in Highland have, for several years now, identified sexual violence and potential child sexual exploitation as a key priority.
Working inclusively with these advocacy groups, we have designed a training resource to empower young people with learning disabilities to recognise potential abuse/exploitation, know to whom and how to disclose, and to develop safety skills.
RASASH's Prevention & Campaigns Worker worked with Learning Disabled young people from local advocacy groups 'Health & Happiness' and 'People First' to develop a resource and to train people (both with and without learning disabilities) to deliver awareness raising and training to groups of young learning disabled people across Inverness.
We currently have a resource pack on sexual violence/CSE, specifically designed by and for young learning disabled people that has been tried, tested and evaluated.
We are very excited to have worked on this much needed project, and are very grateful to the players of the People's Postcode Lottery for the opportunity to get this work off the ground with a grant of £14,875. You can find out more about other projects funded by the People's Postcode Trust on their website.