Woman with intellectual disability sexually assaulted on bus as support worker sat nearby

CBC News | October 28, 2014

A 19-year-old woman who has a mental disability was sexually assaulted on a Winnipeg Transit bus as her support worker who sat two rows in front didn’t notice her client had been approached by a strange man until after the assault was over, CBC News has learned.

CBC News has learned the woman needs 24-hour care.

Advocates for people with disabilities said vulnerable people are often abused.

“This happens in institutions, it happens in care homes, it happens everywhere,” said Shelley Fletcher, director of People First of Canada, a national non-profit group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities. “It happens way more than people think.”

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