The level of sexual violence in our society remains at shockingly high levels. Every survivor’s story is unique, but neurodivergent persons often carry extra, unwanted baggage with them as they try to achieve recovery. This includes trained compliance, low self-esteem, and the impact of societal choices that isolate and marginalise neurodiverse children and adults through institutionalisation, impoverishment, lack of care, and enforced lack of choice over such important topics as who touches them, who they live with, where they live and what they do. Support workers need to understand how these factors impact recovery. They also need to understand and adapt to communication preferences and sensory needs.
Professionals and services involved in supporting autistic women and in working with victims and survivors of rape and sexual abuse, including women’s aid centres, rape crisis centres, domestic abuse services, specialist rape and domestic advice counsellors, advocates, and practitioners in mental health and trauma services, social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists and coaches, faculty in higher education.
ISBN: 9781 913414979
Publication: December 2020
Brief Table of Contents
Foreword by Dr Mitzi Waltz, Autism consultant, trainer, author and researcher in autism, disability and inclusion
Chapter 1: Rebuilding Our Life
Chapter 2: Let’s Talk About Safety
Chapter 3: Looking After Your Mental Wellbeing
Chapter 4: Looking After Your Physical Wellbeing
Chapter 5: Managing Your Emotions
Chapter 6: Friendships, Relationships and Disclosure
Chapter 7: Memory, Concentration and Sensory Experiences