Sex and Disability: Intellectual Disabilities and the Right to Sexuality

Sex and Disability: Intellectual Disabilities and the Right to Sexuality

In many countries, including the United States, persons with intellectual disabilities are deemed unable to provide sexual consent. The argument behind this is usually that these individuals cannot understand the potential risks of sex and, therefore, they cannot offer informed consent. So does this mean that everyone with an intellectual deficit must necessarily remain celibate lifelong?

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