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Women with intellectual disabilities
tell their stories about violence in institutions
Mirjam is a self-advocate.
Mirjam gave examples
of violence that is hard to see:
- When you need to take pills
even if you do not want them,
- When you are told to shut up,
- When you do not have the chance
to make decisions for yourself.
This type of violence does not leave marks on your body.
So it is hard to explain what happened
and get help.
So people just try to help themselves.
- People try to help themselves in different ways.
For example:They do not do things that can hurt them.
- They do not tell anyone how they feel.
- They get angry all the time.
- They sleep all the time.
All these things are signs
that they are not happy
and need help.
Even when women have left the institutions,
they cannot forget the bad things
that happened to them.
Mirjam says that her biggest fear
is to go back to an institution.
Sometimes Mirjam feels good about something.
But then she is afraid that someone will come
and take that good feeling away from her.
The report also talks about
how to make the situation better
for women with intellectual disabilities.