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Maximiliano Ulivieri suffers from muscular dystrophy. He recently started a controversial campaign in Italy to legalize “sexual assistants” for the severely disabled.

Maximiliano, also known as “Max,” explained to Italy’s The Local in an interview that, “sexual assistants primarily work with people who are unable to discover their body or move freely.”

Under the legislation Max is proposing, a sexual assistant would be trained to become the sexual partner of a disabled person. They would work six-month stints, and be trained as therapists, “to make sure the disabled person doesn’t have a psychological problem too,” added Max.

With support from thousands, including politicians,and the growing number of other European countries that have already legalized sexual assistants for the disabled, (that includes Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, and Holland), perhaps Italy will be the next to to give way to the overwhelming groundswell, despite critics.

In June 2013, the mother of a man who suffers from Williams syndrome utilized the services of a sex assistant for her son. She said in a video posted on Il Fatto Quotidiano, “In Italy, we still have the notion that a disabled person is not a person. We do not have respect to think that, before their disability, there is a person whose needs must be respected.”

There’s more information on this campaign at www.lovegiver.org.

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