Nancy Smith, director of Vera's Center on Victimization and Safety, is quoted in this article about the increased rates at which people with disabilities suffer abuse. Smith said that there is a lack of awareness about the issue.
"In society in general, people with disabilities tend to be invisible," Smith said. "There's been a lot of work for more integration of people with disabilities into society, but you still see social segregation."
"It's hard for us to conjure up in our minds they could be victimized. ...We don't see them as sexual beings. But when we don't tell this information, they sometimes don't even now the names of their own body parts. They know it wasn't feeling good, but they didn't know to name it as abuse."