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Bob Tells All and Jenny Speaks Out (Hollins & Sinason 1993)

These two companion books are designed to enable a person with an intellectual disability to talk about their experience of sexual assault. The stories are clear and easy to follow with excellent illustrations portraying feelings and effects of sexual assault.

I used to Really Like Him: Family Planning Victoria

A book telling a story about unwanted touching and ways of responding when this happens.

Your Rights About Sex (McCarthy & Cambridge 1996)

An information booklet for people with an intellectual disability which explains about rights to privacy, sex education and safety.

Sex and the 3 R's (McCarthy & Thompson 1996)

This resource comprises a group program outline and a set of A4 size line drawings depicting many aspects of sexuality and human relations including sexual assault situations.

Talk about It (Video)

A short video which portrays the experience of sexual assault of a young woman with an intellectual disability and how she talks to her friend, a counsellor and the police.

Resource List

The majority of these resources can be borrowed from the Family Planning Victoria, Disability Resource Library. Please contact the librarian on 61 03 9257 0146 for more information.


To explore:

  1. identification of feelings;
  2. labelling feelings;
  3. stating feelings related to actions.

"Feelings" or "emotions" masks can be used to help a person label their feelings or indicate how they feel if they are unable or not wanting to verbalise this. They can be used to explore or gauge feelings and to indicate how certain actions made them feel. They can be used in conjunction with letter writing, role-play and when developing protective strategies.

Masks can be made by photocopying "face size" appropriate pictures, colouring them, pasting onto light cardboard and attaching a piece of dowel.


This resource kit contains a series of nine stories and a set of "situation cards" which can be used to discuss various situations where the people depicted are experiencing unsafe feelings through unwanted touching and interaction. The resource is designed for use with young people with an intellectual disability. The stories and cards reinforce the concepts of : safe and unsafe feelings; the right to say "no" and the need to tell someone if you feel unsafe.

Feel Safe, Disability Services Commission WA, 1995

This resource has been designed to teach the concept of "Protective Behaviours" to people with an intellectual disability. It contains a workbook with some good, clear illustrations of:  body signs of feeling unsafe; ways to say "no"; developing a network of people to go to when you feel unsafe and the process of "telling" someone about the situation. It also contains some posters depicting these themes and concepts.

No  Go  Tell!, Stanfield Company Inc, 1991

This kit is designed for use with children with disabilities to teach safety skills and to understand protection concepts. It consists of a number of large picture cards designed to teach about: Families, friends, familiar people and strangers; OK, Not OK and confusing touching; and private parts and inappropriate touch.

Sexuality, Human Relations And Sexual Assault

Sex and the 3 R's: Rights, Responsibilities and Risks. A Sex Education Package for Working with People with Learning Difficulties. Michelle McCarthy & David Thompson, 1996

This resource contains a number of line drawings depicting situations about sexual rights, responsibilities and realities. It provides an opportunity to discuss and explore issues about sexual relationships, privacy, sexuality and sexual assault through clear and realistic drawings. It is particularly useful for discussing sexual assault and unwanted touching. Some explicit and more confronting drawings should be used with care taking into consideration the individual's needs and experiences.

Picture Yourself, Hilary Dixon & Ann Craft, LDA 1992

This resource contains 192 line drawings for use with people with an intellectual disability for education and counselling in personal development, personal relationships, sexuality and socio-sexual behaviour. The drawings are grouped into four categories: Growing up male and female; Public and Private; Making Relationships; Being Private.

These cards can be used to discuss many issues and to provide some basic sexuality information.

All about Sex, FPA 1991

This kit is written for people with an intellectual disability. It provides information sheets about body awareness, reproduction, contraception, sexual assault and relationships.

Anatomically Detailed Dolls, Teachabodies

These small dolls can be used effectively for discussing body awareness, touching, relationships and sexual assault.

Bob Tells All & Jenny Speaks Out (Hollins & Sinason, 1992)

These two books are designed to enable a person with an intellectual disability to talk about their experience of sexual assault. Each tells a story about a person with an intellectual disability, the emotional effects of sexual assault and how they find help by talking to someone about it. An excellent resource form the United Kingdom.

Your Rights About Sex (McCarthy & Cambridge, 1996)

This is a booklet for people with an intellectual disability which explains about their sexual rights using clear simple language and drawings.

Alone in a Crowd (Mansell & Sobsey 1997)

This video was not commercially available at the time of printing. In this video counsellors who work with people with an intellectual disability who have been sexually assaulted talk about the challenges and rewards of their work. These counsellors provide practical insights and strategies for effective counselling. Two manuals are also being developed to accompany this video.

**This is not available from the FPV library. For more information contact

Abuse & Disability Project
JP Das Developmental Disabilities Centre
6123 Education North
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G 5

Talk About It (NCID 1997)

This video tells the story of a young woman with an intellectual disability who is sexually assaulted by a residential support worker. It shows the help she gets from her friend, a sexual assault counsellor and the police. This is an excellent resource from NSW.


Allan Roeher Institute. (1988). Vulnerability: Sexual Abuse and People With an Intellectual Handicap. Ontario, Canada: Allan Roeher Institute.

Buchanan, A. & Wilkins, R. (1991). Sexual Abuse of the Mentally Handicapped: Difficulties Establishing Prevalence. Psychiatric Bulletin. 15, 601 - 605.

Carmody, M. (199 1). Invisible Victims: Sexual Assault of people with an Intellectual Disability. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Developmental Disabilities. 17, (2), 229 - 236.

Craft, A. (1994) Practice Issues in Sexuality and Learning Disability. London: Routledge.

Department of Human Services, Victoria: Departmental Instruction on Reporting Allegations of Physical or Sexual Assault to the Police.

Dunne, T. & Power, A. (1990). Sexual Abuse and Mental Handicap: Preliminary Findings of a Community Based Study. Mental Handicap Research, 3, (2), 111 - 115

Furey, E., Granfield, J. & Karan, 0. (1994). Sexual Abuse and Neglect of adults with Mental Retardation: A comparison of Victim Characteristics. Behavioural Interventions 9, (2), 75 - 86.

Hard, S. (1986). Sexual Abuse of the Developmentally Disabled: A Case Study. Paper presented at the National Conference of Executives of Associations for Retarded Citizens, Omaha, Nebraska.

Haseltine, B. & Miltenberger, R. (1990). Teaching Self Regulation Skills to Persons with Mental Retardation. American Journal on Mental Retardation. 95, (2), 1988  197.

Intellectually Disabled Persons Services Act 1986, Victorian Government Printing Office.

Ryerson, E. (1984). Sexual abuse and selfprotection education for Developmentally Disabled Youth: A Priority Need. SEICUS Report, 13 (1), 67.

Scott, D., Walker, L & Gilmore, K. (1995) Breaking the Silence : A Guide to Supporting Adult Victim/Survivors of Sexual Assault 2nd Edition, CASA House, Melbourne.

Sobsey, D. & Doe, T. (1991). Patterns of sexual abuse and assault. Sexuality and Disability.

Sobsey, D. (1994). Violence and Abuse in the lives of People with Disabilities. The end of silent acceptance? Brookes, Baltimore.

Sullivan, P.M. & Scanlan, J.M. (1990). Psychotherapy with handicapped sexually abused children. Developmental Disabilities Bulletin. 18, (2), 21 - 34.

Turk, V. & Brown, H. (1993). The Sexual Abuse of adults with Learning Disabilities: Results of a two year incidence Survey. Mental Handicap Research, 6, (3).

Walmsley, S. (1989). The Need for Safeguards. In Thinking the Unthinkable : Papers on Sexual Abuse and People with Learning Dificulties. (pp 515) London: FPA Education Unit.

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