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September 04, 2014

(September 4, 2014) - We at Autism Speaks are sadly well aware of this week’s horrific incidents that have taken place around the world and included the abuse and bullying of individuals with autism, including those in Ohio, Florida and

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August 19, 2014

(August 19, 2014) -- Tragic stories involving the abuse of individuals with autism continue to appear on the news across the country, a few of which occurred in recent weeks.

Florida - The case of Aaron Hill has garnered national attention in recent days. Two adults were arrested in Okeechobee, Florida after a video surfaced showing Hill being attacked at a party while several people stood around and did nothing to stop the abuse. 

March 13, 2014

Two Maryland teenage girls are in police custody after abusing a teenager with autism and filming it on their cell phones. One, who is 17 years old, is being charged as an adult with false imprisonment, assault and solicitation for child pornography. The other girl, who is 15, is charged as a juvenile.

January 02, 2014

A Wisconsin mother says video she recorded shows a therapist abusing her son with autism. Stephanie Lowe, mother of 3-year old Caeden, shared the video with WISN 12 News in Milwaukee.

In the video,  Stephen T. Jacobs, 27, is seen elbowing the boy in the head, hitting him with pillows and head-butting him during a therapy session in December. Jacobs now faces felony charges of abusing a child during a therapy session.

Protecting our children and loved ones from sexual abuse and violence is of the utmost importance. For those living with autism and other disabilities, this protection is even more critical. Sexual abuse is tragically far too prevalent in today’s society. The statistics are staggering: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls suffer from sexual abuse before the age of 18. Additionally, the U.S.