Physical and sexual
abuse is more common in people with learning difficulties than in
others. This is made worse because people with learning difficulties
are often not understood, believed and/or taken seriously (Sinason/Hopper
2002 - n.b. begins with a blank page).
betrayal, shame, secrecy, stigmatization and self-blame. These problems
need to be treated through therapy. (Sinason/Hopper
Families and professionals
need to be aware of these problems and watch for behavioural signs
which may indicate this is happening.