If this year has taught us anything, it is that sexual assault is going to be called out, and more then likely other women are going to support you...except maybe if you have a disability.
Individuals with an IDD are SEVEN times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than those of us without one. I've sat with women who have an IDD that have had a rape kit done and yet they still won't talk because they feel that they have no support. Because we, as a society have not been including them. They feel underrepresented in the movement.
For women without disabilities, the rapist is a stranger 24 percent of the time, but for a woman with an intellectual disability, it is less than 14 percent of the time. (NPR source) Meaning it is by someone they know, a lot of the time a caregiver, employer, or family member. We all know what trauma does to us physically, it is even worse when you have been taught compliance and do not have the language to express it. While I get that this is a dark subject, it is essential because elections are coming up, and I see so many people using their voices for change. Talking about equal rights for women, POC, LGBTQ, but yet I haven't seen a lot of mention of the disability community. So when you decide to post about the movement or use your voice to create change, remember the 6.5 million people in the population that tends to get left out. Also, if you are going to tell me that you are proud of me for speaking up, I am just going to turn around and tell you that YOU should be speaking up more.