Siglo Cero (2017-09-01)

The figure of the helper advisor in cases of sexual abuse against people with intellectual disabilities

  • Almudena MARTORELL CAFRANGA,
  • Alberto ALEMANY CARRASCO

DOI
https://doi.org/10.14201/scero2017483749
Journal volume & issue
Vol. 48, no. 1
pp. 37 – 49

Abstract

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In this paper we analyse the main barriers that people with intellectual disabilities who have suffered sexual abuse have to face when they access the Justice system. Regarding these barriers, the Victim Support Unit for People with Intellectual Disabilities of the Fundación Carmen Pardo-Valcarce proposes the inclusion in the judicial process of a helper advisor. The entry into force in 2015 of the Law 4/2015, in 27 April, the Statute of the crime victim represents an exemplary opportunity to ensure the incorporation of support proposals involving the insertion of the helper advisor in the judicial process in cases where the victim is a person with intellectual disabilities. In this paper we analyse the impact of the helper advisor, with particular emphasis on cases that have been dismissed under instruction.

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