Hear the Unheard
Children who are deaf/hard of hearing are a vulnerable population that desperately needs protection. They are more likely to endure physical, emotional, and sexual abuse. According to the RIT, maltreatment, neglect, physical abuse, and sexual abuse is more than 25% higher among deaf and hard-of-hearing children than their hearing counterparts. The constant communication barriers within the child’s circle of family and friends make them susceptible to victimization. The slow-healing trauma that these children experience from abuse may result in a lack of trust and hesitation to report abuse to their parents/caregivers. Among many other challenges, these children are also likely to develop poor socialization skills and struggle with self-esteem.
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