Messages Learned by Children with Disabilities That Put Them at Risk for Abuse




Do not get others in trouble

 

Do not get angry

 

Obey the rules

 

Obey persons in charge

 

Do not cause trouble

 

Agree with people

 

Do not be assertive

 

Do not ask for anything

 

Other people’s opinions are important while yours are not

 

Although most children are taught similar principles, over time the children learn to challenge these as they develop skills of personal power and self-knowledge.

 

Often, children with disabilities are not permitted to challenge these “rules,” but are forced to remain compliant throughout their lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Baladerian, N.J., Heisler, C., & Hertica, M. (n.d.) Child abuse victims with disabilities: A curriculum for law  enforcement first responders and child protective services frontline workers-participant manual. California: Child abuse and neglect disability outreach program of arc riverside. Retrieved from       http://www.disabilityandabuse.org/resources/Participant.pdf