"Disabled have the right to sex life"

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27 September 2007, BRUSSELS – Because the disabled also have sexual needs, some institutions in Belgium call in prostitutes on the request of a resident. "This attends to our residents' needs," says Kris Schauwbroeck, counsellor at the Driehuizen facility in Schilde. "And in general the prostitutes have responded positively."

27 September 2007

BRUSSELS – Because the disabled also have sexual needs, some institutions in Belgium call in prostitutes on the request of a resident. "This attends to our residents' needs," says Kris Schauwbroeck, counsellor at the Driehuizen facility in Schilde. "And in general the prostitutes have responded positively."

On Wednesday evening VTM programme Telefacts broadcast a report on sexual services for the disabled. Some institutions do in fact call in prostitutes.

"It often happens that one of our residents will ask for a prostitute," says Kris Schauwbroeck. "We feel we should grant that request, because the disabled too have the right to their sexuality."

The Driehuizen is currently home to 16 people, five of whom are sexually active with a prostitute. "Sexuality is not a taboo in our facility. We talk to our residents about it and give them the necessary information. If they show an interest, we help them find a prostitute. Some prefer to have someone come to them, others prefer to go outside the facility. We also make sure the situation has worked out afterwards. We make sure the prostitute has not misused them in order to make easy money."

The search for prostitutes is no simple task, says Schauwbroeck. "We are constantly looking for locations where our residents are welcome. That can take some time, but in general the responses have been positive. We also make sure that we comply strictly with what is permitted by law in seeking a prostitute, so that our residents are not put in any danger."

The disabled community at the facility has responded overwhelmingly positive, Schauwbroeck says.

"The parents of our residents accept that sex is a normal human need. Their only worry sometimes is the financial aspect. These prostitutes are not cheap, which means the number of visits must be limited."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

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