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This fact sheet uses a question-and-answer format to summarize information on the sexual abuse of people with mental retardation. Questions and answers address the following topics: what sexual abuse is; the incidence of sexual abuse of people with mental retardation; why sexual abuse is so common among people with mental retardation; effects of sexual abuse; the most likely abusers (people known to the victim); treatment and therapy for victims of sexual abuse; ways to reduce the incidence of sexual abuse of people with mental retardation; and what the professional or member of the general public must or should do if sexual abuse is suspected. An insert lists physical, behavioral, and circumstantial signs that suggest the possibility of sexual abuse. (DB)