Sexuality and Disability

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From the News: Two get jail for raping blind woman

'Two men, accused of raping a blind woman and beating up her blind husband in 2008, were sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment by the court of additional sessions judge SD Dharne, on Tuesday. The blind couple identified the voice of the accused and could feel the seat of the jeep which was used by the accused to offer them a lift. The couple's evidence, backed by medical analysis, helped the prosecution nail the accused. The convicts, Maruti Pawle, 28, and Nitin Pawle, 30, are residents of Sonapur village in Haveli taluka. The court also slapped a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the two. The money thus received will be given to the victim as compensation.

Feel-good Positions

'I rarely do intercourse ... I guess the positions that feel good are the ones where I'm being comfortably stimulated or am comfortably stimulating someone else. I love lying on my side kissing and hugging my lover - my left side is best to lie on so I can use my long right arm to touch them. I like sitting up and touching someone, but find it virtually impossible to sit or someone's face or torso without crushing them to death because of my short right leg. Some positions are definitely more comfortable than others. I rarely lie or climb on top of someone because I really can't support my own weight because of my disabilities.

Questions

Question1 Can my disability get in the way of me feeling sexual?
That depends on how your impairment affects your body and mind. It takes energy to explore your body and feel sexual, Read more on Can my disability get in the way of me feeling sexual?

Question2 What do people mean by safer sex?
Safer sex is often defined as protecting yourself from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV. Read more on What do people mean by safer sex?

Question3 Will my disability make me an easy victim of sexual assault?
Many women experience sexual assault and rape. They face these at the hands of partners, families, people they interact with, Read more on Will my disability make me an easy victim of sexual assault?