Research has indicated that individuals in the Deaf community may be more likely to exhibit risk factors for intimate partner violence than their hearing counterparts.In our series on disability, sex and relationships, expert and resident agony aunt Tuppy – who runs Outsiders, a private club for disabled people looking for a relationship – answers your questions.Deaf and Hard of Hearing college students are at an increased risk of sexual assault in comparison to their hearing peers.
Jemma ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- ———- —- Dear Jemma Firstly, you’re not alone in feeling this way – many deaf people I know are in the same situation.
In my view, the first thing that needs to be done to help you and others is education.
Data suggest that between 50% and 83% of Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals will experience sexual assault in their lifetime, with Deaf and Hard of Hearing women more likely to experience sexual assault than Deaf and Hard of Hearing men.
There exists only a small amount of published research regarding Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and sexuality, and an even smaller amount of research has been conducted with Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals on the subject of sexual assault.
The following is to assist with understanding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, and its minimum requirements.
It is not an exhaustive explanation, and therefore, should not be used as a substitute for careful reading of the regulations themselves.
The high sexual assault rates among Deaf and Hard of Hearing students may be partially attributed to their limited sexuality education and knowledge, most often as a result of communication, language, and cultural barriers.
The purpose of this study was to 1) examine a possible relationship between levels of sexuality education, sexual communication, rape myth acceptance, and sexual assault experience, along with demographic variables, among Deaf and Hard of Hearing college students; and 2) examine differences between students previously educated in schools for the Deaf versus mainstream schools, with regard to their levels of sexuality education, sexual communication, rape myth acceptance, and sexual assault experience.
However, compatibility in these areas did not co-occur with significant decreases in physical, psychological, or sexual partner violence.
Recommendations for future research as well as implications for clinical and educational practice are outlined.
The hearing status of the perpetrator is one key issue that has not yet been investigated.