Is sexual assistance a right? Articles uri icon

publication date

  • June 2019

start page

  • 133

end page

  • 147


  • 12


  • 2019

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 2340-9592


  • In this paper I will reflect on sexual assistance, and I will discuss the possibility of shaping sexual assistance as a right. The question of whether sexual assistance is a right can have different answers depending on the framework we are in. We could fall within a purely legal framework, an ethical framework, or a combined framework such as the human rights context. From this point onwards, the question of whether sexual assistance is a right shall depend on the answer to the question regarding the nature of sexual assistance. Sexual assistance for persons that cannot perform sexual activities on their own body can be ethically justified by the theory of needs or by the notion of Instrumental Activities of Daily Living. It can also fall within sexual rights or within the right to choose a way of life.


  • disability; sexual rights; assistance; supports.