Sex, Lies, and Asperger [Syndrome]
In 2006, Jacob Heinz, a native of Bensalem, PA, was jailed on charges of soliciting sex from a thirteen year old.
In 2006, Jacob Heinz, a young man with Aspergers, was entrapped by police, locked in a cell for four months, then subjected to house arrest. He claims the girl he met online told him she was nineteen years old.
Sex Lies and Asperger, a 23 minute documentary on Jacob directed and produced by Richard Concepcion, tells this story and more. Featuring interviews with Jacob's family and commentary from adult autism specialists, this short film covers his difficulties in getting a proper diagnosis, the reasons those with AS are easy targets for conning and bullying, and touches briefly on why difficulties with law enforcement occur.
Jacob's sister reminds us of the invisibility of Asperger's by relating her difficulty in recognizing what was going on with him before his diagnosis. She knew "there was something different" about him, yet without seeing a physical manifestation of a disability, she "never really could fathom the fact that there was something wrong with him." While I hope "something wrong with him" was simply a poor choice of words induced by nerves in front of the camera, this may also illustrate of the lack of understanding even family members have about their loved ones with AS.
Anyway, if you read dysamoria's postings, it's a relevant documentary. Too short, but relevant. Click the link, watch it, and share your thoughts about it here or at the blog posting on dysamoria.com.
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