Adults with autism are at higher risk of sexual victimisation

Limited sexual knowledge and social deficits may place adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) at increased risk of sexual victimisation.

95 adults with high functioning ASD and 117 adults without ASD (all aged 19-43) completed an online questionaire on sexual knowledge and sexual victimisation.

Researcher Stephanie Brown-Lavoie found those with ASD got their sexual knowledge from non-social sources (internet and television) and had experienced more sexual victimisation when compared to the group without ASD.

The study shows poor sexual knowledge in individuals with ASD may be related to the restricted range of knowledge sources available.

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