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Study Reveals Unique Issues Faced by Deaf Victims of Sexual Assault

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Published Date
June, 2007

This report summarizes researchers' recommendations for improving the relationship between law enforcement and the deaf community, based on results of an investigation of the impact of sexual assault on members of the deaf community.

Excerpt: "Sexual assault victims who are deaf face unique issues not encountered by the hearing, according to a recent study funded by the National Institute of Justice. Researcher Jennifer Obinna and colleagues at the Minneapolis Council on Crime and Justice interviewed 51 deaf citizens, 15 service providers (both deaf and hearing), and 10 police officers in their investigation of the impact of sexual assault on members of the deaf community. In their final report on the project, the researchers offered recommendations for improving the relationship between law enforcement and the deaf community." (24)