Sexual Facilitation - Dr. George Taleporos


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Presentation by Dr. George Taleporos at 'Making LOVE, RELATIONSHIPS and SEX Accessible' Disability and Sexuality forum, in Preston on the 18th June, 2013.

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Sexual Facilitation - Dr. George Taleporos

  1. 1. Sexual FacilitationDr George Taleporos
  2. 2. The barriers…• Physical• Social isolation• Attitudinal• Emotional• Parental• Learning
  3. 3. Taken from website: Sexuality PolicyKey points raised in the policy:People with a disability have the right to explore, expressand act according to their own values and attitudes. Likeother citizens, people with a disability have a wide range ofvalues and attitudes towards personal relationships, andthese values and attitudes may change over timeStaff must respect the values and attitudes of people with adisability, and any decisions or actions based on thoseregardless if staff disagree or share the same values
  4. 4. People with a disability have a right to engage inrelationships of their choiceStaff must ensure all information about the personalrelationships of a person with a disability are kept privateunless the person consents to disclosure, or duty of care orlegal issues require disclosure
  5. 5. Sexual Facilitation …Facilitated sex is defined as assistance in performing asexual activity supplied by someone who providespersonal care or assistance to a client.•SF is not "sex work“•Providing SF recognises that sexual expression is aHuman Right and an essential aspect of wellbeing.•SF enables people with disabilities to achieve the sameexpression of their sexuality as people without disabilities.
  6. 6. Principles Underlying Sexual Facilitation•People with disabilities have the right to privacy and confidentiality inrelation to sexual activities.•People with disabilities have the right to sexual expression, partnered,solo, queer, straight.•Right to accurate and up-to-date information about sex and sexuality.•People with disabilities have the right to sex education.•People with disabilities have the right to access the sex industry.•People with disabilities have the right to access erotic material.
  7. 7. Legal Framework For Sexual FacilitationSexual facilitation must take place within the same legal framework as otherdisability supports including duty of care, the safeguarding of privacy andoccupational health and safety. Another aspect of the law that needs to beconsidered is the Sex Work Act (1994, amended 2010).This Act controls sex work in Victoria by defining sex work as:•Taking part with someone in an act of sexual penetration.•Masturbating someone.•Letting someone view acts of sexual penetration or masturbation when there isany form of physical contact between any watcher and any watched or when anywatcher is allowed or encouraged to masturbate.A person who provides any of the above sexual services must have obtained alicense to do so through the Business Licensing Authority.
  8. 8. Types of Support Relevant to Sexual FacilitationForm of expression Type of supportMasturbation Sex educationDressing/UndressingPositioningPurchasing sex toys and propsSetting up erotic stimuliPartnered Sex Buying condomsDressing/UndressingPositioningClean upSex educationSex Workers TransportCommunicationResearchAccessing sex venues TransportCommunicationResearch – accessibility, etcMeeting partners CommunicationAdvertising (personal ads, online communication).Accessing erotic material Making paymentsTransportUsing Technology
  9. 9. Purpose of the new SF ToolkitGroupWhat the SF toolkit will aim to do:•Matching the appropriate support worker to the person with adisability.•Facilitate mutual respectfulness including of individual values andcomfort levels.•Be clear about that kind of assistance that will be provided and theboundaries within which this assistance will take place.•Maximise independence.•Respect the Law•Educate and empower staff and service users
  10. 10. Group Discussion QuestionsGroupTurn to the person next to you and discuss the following:•What policies are in place at my workplace that supportor block the implementation of SF?•Is there a place for sexual facilitation (SF) in my work?•What support / information would I need from myorganisation to provide SF?•What aspects of SF would I find difficult / problematic?
  11. 11. Sexuality and Disability Alliance …• Sexuality and Disability Alliance (SDA) is a group for and by peoplewith disabilities, and those with an interest in the area ofsexuality and disability.SDA aims to promote sexual rights, in addition to portrayingpositive and diverse representations regarding the sexuality ofpeople with disabilities. It also aims to provide a supportive forumfor the discussion of issues related to sexuality and disability.• You Can Find Us on Facebook