I Can Get Through It

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I Can Get Through It

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Authors: Sheila Hollins, Christiana Horrocks and Valerie Sinason

Illustrated by Lisa Kopper

ISBN: 9781901242201

Page Count: 46

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This book tells the story of a woman with intellectual disabilities. She is attacked by a man. We learn what happens to her and how she gets help. Sadly, a lot of people are sexually abused, perhaps as many as 1,500 every year just in the UK. It can happen anywhere – in someone’s home, in a hostel or residential home, at a day centre or a social club, on transport or wherever people with intellectual disabilities are. Typically the abuse is by someone known to the victim, and it is not an isolated incident.

The book shows that it is possible to find help and ‘get through it’. One very worrying fact is that often the person accused of hurting the man or woman with intellectual disabilities is not made to appear in court. This may be because the police and the lawyers do not think they can find enough evidence or they do not think that the person with intellectual disabilities would be able to appear in court and be a good witness. There are lots of improvements that need to be made to help people with intellectual disabilities look after themselves and know what to do. Psychotherapy is one of the things which has been shown to help people who have been abused.

From its title onward, I Can Get Through It is a client-centered resource of power and courage.
— British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 2000

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