Courant Investigation: Day 2 – Developmentally Disabled Adults Easy Victims of Violence

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In East Lyme, a resident of a group home for the developmentally disabled was sexually assaulted by a worker for more than a year by before the assaults came to light, according to police.

In East Hartford, a mentally frail woman was kicked, whipped with a belt and dragged across the floor by her hair.

And in Danielson, a group home worker admitted sexually assaulting two disabled women for more than a decade before the abuse was discovered.

They are cases at the extremes of betrayal and abuse, but advocates say those with developmental disabilities in Connecticut and across the country are significantly more vulnerable to violence and abuse. And when they are victimized, the crimes are less likely to be reported to police, and the victims are less likely to be believed by those in the criminal justice system.

In Day 2 of a series on mistreatment of developmentally disabled adults, the Courant explores physical and sexual violence against those with intellectual disabilities. “We are seeing a huge, huge problem in the country with abuse,” one advocate says.

Read today’s story here. And access the entire series, which continues Tuesday, here.

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