Audit Finds that Lack of Oversight in California Facilities Puts the Disabled at Risk for Sexual Assaults

SACRAMENTO — Californians with developmental disabilities who are cared for at state facilities are being put at risk by outdated policies and inadequate investigations of abuse, the state auditor’s office said Tuesday.

Steven M. Sweat‘s insight:

This L.A. Times piece chronicles some startling findings about the inadequacy of investigation and follow up into allegations of assaults including rapes within state care facilities.  Unfortunately, these findings are not surprising to me.  I have represented numerous individuals in the past 18 years who were the victims of sexual assaults in similar facilities including mental health institutions.  In my experience, the victims in these cases are often times not believed when they report sexual misconduct due to their disabilities.  It is appalling that the most vulnerable in our society are not being protected by the very institutions charged with their care and treatment!

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