“You have really opened my eyes. After watching this presentation we will think twice if one of the consumers in our homes says “NO.” We will try to find out if something else is going on in their life.”
—Harold Kay, Residential Care Provider
The Consumer Abuse Awareness Team believes that everyone has the right to be free from abuse. Unfortunately for people with developmental disabilities, most abuse happens at the hands of support staff and is usually never reported. Presenters teach the staff and professionals of your agency how to help protect the people you support by breaking away from the culture of abuse.
The Consumer Abuse Awareness Team, or CAAT, is made up of presenters with developmental disabilities. Having grown up in the social service system, CAAT Presenters are able to present this information with first-hand knowledge and expertise.
The Consumer Abuse Awareness Team offers a free 60 minute presentation that will come to your facility or agency. This is an excellent training tool for any community agency that supports people with disabilities, even if only in rare circumstances.
One CEU for this presentation is available for vendors of Far Northern Regional Center. In this presentation you will learn:
• Rates of abuse in people with developmental disabilities
• Rates of prosecution for the abuser
• How to recognize abuse
• Reporting of abuse
• How to support and empower someone who has been abused
• Abuse prevention
Abuse is hurtful things done over and over again so that the abuser feels they have power over their victim. Rates of abuse in people with developmental disabilities are alarmingly high, which is why the Consumer Abuse Awareness Team is so passionate about spreading their message.
• The ability to say NO is the most powerful tool in abuse prevention
• More than 90% of people with developmental disabilities will be abused in their lifetime
• Half of those people will be abused 10 or more times
• Only 3% of sexual assaults against people with developmental disabilities are ever reported
• Abusers typically abuse at least 70 people before being caught
• 99% of the time the abuser is someone known and trusted