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Title: Learning difficulties and sexual vulnerability : a social approach [Book review]
Authors: Callus, Anne-Marie
Keywords: Books -- Reviews
Developmentally disabled -- Abuse of
Developmentally disabled -- Sexual behavior
Learning disabled -- Abuse of
Learning disabled -- Sexual behavior
Sex crimes -- Prevention
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Routledge
Citation: Callus, A. M. (2012) Learning difficulties and sexual vulnerability: a social approach [Review of the book by A. Hollomotz]. Disability & Society, 27(2), 296-299.
Abstract: This book presents an effective challenge to the idea that there is ‘a causal link between learning difficulties and risk’ in contexts where there is the possibility of sexual violence. It problematises the idea that sexual vulnerability is inherent to people with learning difficulties. Rather, it argues, sexual vulnerability can be seen as being created or abetted in specific social contexts. This argument is developed on the basis of research that Hollomotz carried out with 12 men and 17 women with learning difficulties, with the support of a research advisory group comprising 15 members of a self-advocacy group. She analyses the research data generated through what she calls ‘an ecological model’ – through this model, which she explains at length, she investigates how vulnerability is created through the way ‘environments react to people with the label “learning difficulties”’
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