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The Debate Of Sexuality And The Riddle Of Sexual Abuse Towards Disabled Women

Women with disabilities in the society are mostly seen as asexual and treated as though they do not have a right or even need to experience sexual related issues. This is not just in the general society, but is is also seen to be common among the professionals whom the disabled women have come in contact with, this therefore kills the fight for inclusion of the disabled in the society. This aspect of seeing the disabled women a being asexual has led to them being seen as not in need of information about birth control or even anything related to having a sexual life as well as having children.

The disability movement is supposed to be seen as a voice both to reach out to the disabled women, to collect their views and also their experiences and to present them to the relevant bodies, but in contrary the disabled women are complaining about the failure of the movements in addressing sexuality as a political issue just like issues of housing, employment and transportation.

It is a fact beyond possible doubt that many people with disabilities see sexuality as an area of greatest and immeasurable oppression. The disabled claim that they find sexuality a matter of more concern as well as finding fulfillment more than they are concerned with how to get on a bus in the public transport. The reason as to why the disabled are seen as asexual comes from the way they are seen as eternal children, the weird thing about it is that people without disabilities tend to view sex as an acrobatic activity which makes it difficult for them to imagine how people with physical impairments can be sexually active.

But it is very sarcastic how people in the society will look at the disabled as asexual and still record the increasing number of sexual abuse for women and children with disabilities. This is mostly experienced by the disabled women who live in institutions. This has been given some response that sexual abuse is more related to the oppressive use of power and control than it has to do with the mere sex. The people who abuse the disabled sexually are said to be out in look for and use the vulnerability of the disabled to create the opportunity to rape them.

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