According to a few articles – a study conducted at RIT found that Deaf students (77%) reported a higher rate of maltreatment as children than Hearing students (49%)
“Maltreatment was defined as physical or sexual abuse, physical neglect, emotional neglect or emotional abuse.”
I have seen reports of this kind in the past – that disenfranchised children often experience higher rates of maltreatment because they are more vulnerable and have less resources to seek recourse.
I know of several Deaf survivors of childhood abuse who have told me they were specifically selected / targeted because they were Deaf.
Not cool folks. Not cool.
The articles don’t go into details about the study – how it was conducted, how the subjects were selected, etc. The study is important so I hope to be able to read it in full some day soon because presently i have more questions than answers from the write up and because the topic is very important and merits our attention and our heart.
Article in Rochester, NY newspaper: