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Preventing Sexual Abuse and Assault in Individuals with Autism: Direct Support Professional Curriculum

Course Objectives:
Explain the definitions, prevalence, and pathways to sexual abuse/assault
Describe why individuals with autism are at risk for sexual abuse/assault
Summarize the primary signs of sexual abuse/assault
Discuss strategies that providers can use to help prevent sexual abuse/assault
Describe how to monitor interactions in the community
Explain the process of reporting suspected abuse/assault
    Presented By
    ASERT Central Region
    Content developed by:

    Angela Moreland, Ph.D. at the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina and Sierra Brown, Ph.D at Penn State College of Medicine. 

    Completion Time
    30 Mins

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