Downey Bill Protecting Developmentally Disabled from Sexual Assault Clears Committee

OCEAN TOWNSHIP - Assemblywoman Joann Downey released the following statement regarding the advancement by the Assembly Human Services Committee of her bill A-4482, which would establish a “Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Persons with Developmental Disabilities” within the Department of Human Services, was approved by the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee.

“The assault of a person with developmental disabilities is a monstrous act,” said Downey. 

“Members of the disability community are exceptionally vulnerable to abuse and other dangerous situations, and we must act decisively to defend and support them wherever possible. As legislators, we can utilize the information and recommendations provided by this task force to stop sexual violence against those with developmental disabilities. New Jerseyans with developmental disabilities and their families deserve to know that our State is working to keep them safe, and that we will do everything we can to reduce the prevalence and impact of these terrible acts."

The task force would be directed to study the prevalence of sexual violence against persons with developmental disabilities, identify resources to help persons with developmental disabilities prevent and report sexual violence, and to help parents and caregivers identify and respond to such instances of sexual violence.

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