NPR Airs Series This Week on The High Level of Sexual Assault of People with Intellectual Disabilities

Dear Community Partners,

NPR will start a series this week on the high level of sexual assault of people with intellectual disabilities. Please consider tuning in and encouraging others to do so as well. 

The below information is condensed from NPR Journalist Joe Shapiro, author of the book No Pity.

The stories start today (Monday, January 08, 2018) on Morning Edition when Joe Shapiro will talk about the series with host Steve Inskeep. The discussion will also include self-advocate James Meadours. The series closes on All Things Considered—the evening of Jan 18th—with a piece entirely in the voices of self-advocates, including James. The advocates speak thoughtfully about the assaults in their past.

On the evening of January 8th on All Things Considered: there will be a new piece about the high rate of assault. NPR asked the U.S. Department of Justice to calculate unpublished data—and show that people with intellectual disabilities have rates of assault at least 7 times that for people without disabilities.

On Tuesday January 9th on Morning Edition, NPR will go to a Sex Ed class for adults with intellectual disabilities. People talk about wanting relationships, and how past assaults often get in the way.

On Wednesday night, January 10th, there will be a story about how when people can’t speak, or have difficulty using words, assaults often go undetected.

On Tuesday, January 16th, on All Things Considered, NPR goes back to Essex County, New Jersey, where the first case to get widespread attention—in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, 25 years ago—was prosecuted, and what prosecutors have learned since.

On the morning of January 18th, there will be a discussion of two therapists who treat people with intellectual disabilities about the violence that is so common in the lives of their clients. 

If you miss any of the above pieces this week, please visit the KQED website at: to find the link to listen to a replay of their latest show.