People with disabilities suffer higher rates of sexual assault than are seen in the broader community. They also suffer barriers to reporting which mean the available figures are likely to significantly under represent the true rate of abuse.
One study of sexual offences reported to Victoria Policerevealed that just over a quarter of victims had a disability. Of this group, 15.6% had a psychiatric disability or mental health issue and 5.9% had an intellectual disability. This is despite data indicating that adults with a psychiatric and/or intellectual disability represent just 5.2% and 3% of the Australian population.
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