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In this study of women with mild and moderate learning disabilities, Michelle McCarthy investigates how these women experience their sexual lives. She discusses her findings in relation to the cultural forces which shape Western perceptions of sexuality, in relation to feminism, and in relation to theories and prejudices about learning disabilities. She also studies the impact of institutional and community settings on the sexuality of women. Her findings, which are based on interviews with women with learning disabilities, suggest that they commonly find themselves engaging i sexual activity which is not to their liking and not their choosing. A very high level of abuse was reported. The author makes recommendations for policy and practice which will protect this vulnerable group, and advises on education, support and seeking justice for abused women.
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