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Digital Subscriptions > Skeptical Inquirer > Jan Feb 2016 > Facilitated Communication Consent Claimed in Sexual Assault Trial

Facilitated Communication Consent Claimed in Sexual Assault Trial

A Rutgers-Newark professor was accused of sexually assaulting a disabled man. During her September 2015 trial, she claimed that she and the alleged victim were in a romantic and sexual relationship despite his (apparent) inability to communicate. Prof. Anna Stubblefield claims that the man, identified as D.J. who has cerebral palsy, consented to sex through the long-discredited technique facilitated communication (FC). As NewJersey.com reporter Bill Wichert noted:

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