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An Error of Judgement: a play about the sexual abuse of people with learning disability

  • John H. M. Crichton (a1)
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In recent years, psychiatrists have become much more aware of the sexual abuse of adults with a learning disability. Having struggled with such a case, which raised challenging problems of law, ethics and management (Crichton, 1997), I turned to the literature to help inform me about the subject. There I found helpful statistics from recent surveys, but sometimes such material fails to convey the true nature of what is a distressing and painful subject. To my astonishment I discovered that at a local theatre there was to be a performance on this very theme: An Error of Judgement I had heard of the Strathcona Theatre Company, a touring company of eight learning disabled professional actors who, with the assistance of two directors, devise the original plays they perform, but I had no idea of what the evening was going to be like.

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Brown, H., Stein, J. & Turk, V. (1995) The sexual abuse of victims with a learning disability. Mental Handicap Research, 8, 324.
Crichton, J. H. M. (1998) Balancing restriction and freedom in the care of people with a learning disability: a case study. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, in press.
Moyle, N. (1997) An Error of Judgement. Theatre Royal, July 3. Bury Free Press, 11 July, p. 18.
Sanders, A., Creaton, J., Bird, S., et al (1997) Victims with Learning Disability . Negotiating the Criminal Justice System. Oxford: Oxford Centre for Criminological Research.
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An Error of Judgement: a play about the sexual abuse of people with learning disability

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