Advocating for and promoting the effective support of survivors of sexual assault who have disabilities and live in long term care environments.  

DRW and partners built the Alliance to End Sexual Violence in Long-Term Care.

This network:

  1. Promotes effective support and response to sexual assault survivors in long-term care;
  2. Reforms the long-term care sexual assault response system; and
  3. Trains advocates to more fully understand disability, long-term care and sexual assault.

Partners are Disability Rights Washington, the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, the Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs, API Chaya, the Arc of King County, the Developmental Disability Ombuds, and an advisory long-term care resident workgroup.

Click here to view the Alliance’s Vision and Mission.  





The Alliance’s Podcast and accompanying slideshow features long-term care residents talking about their sexual violence experiences and targeted oppression against people with disabilities, Black/Indigenous/People of Color, seniors, youth, and lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/queer+ communities.  (Content warning).

Download podcast here.

Length:  51:49

Recorded in Seattle, WA, August, 2019.


Related Links


The Arc of King County’s Healthy Relationship Program:

A Relationships and Sexuality Resource Line for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families, and community members to ask confidential questions and receive support around healthy relationships and sexuality issues, and a 10-week Healthy Relationships School Program for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in 18-21 year-old Transition Programs throughout King County.

NPR Special Series: Abused and Betrayed:

NPR’s series about the epidemic of sexual assault against people with intellectual disabilities.

NICL Sex Ed for People with I/DD:

The National Council on Independent Living partnered with Rooted in Rights to produce the a video series and discussion guide on Sex Ed for People with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Video Series Discussion Guide