Deaf Women’s Support Group

domestic-violence.jpgComing Next Month: ASC’s licensed psychotherapist, Sharon Duchesneau, will be leading another Deaf Women’s Support Group in Washington D.C. The group is sponsored by DAWN: Deaf Abused Women’s Network. If you are a woman currently in an abusive relationship (including emotional, physical, financial, or sexual abuse) or have experienced an abusive relationship in the past…if your partner is threatening to hurt you if you try to leave…if you want to learn more about healthy intimate relationships – this Deaf Women’s Support Group may be for you.

Deaf Women’s Support Group

Tuesdays 12:00-1:00 PM
Starts December 5, 2006
8 Weeks

Email or call DAWN for more information
(Because of confidentiality, location will be given after registration)

TTY: 202-861-0258

Fax: 202-466-3226

Email: info15@deafdawn.org

24-Hour TTY Hotline: 866-290-DAWN (3296)

Deaf Women and Violence: Sadly, the Deaf community is not immune to violence against women. People magazine’s 1994 article on sexual assaults on the Gallaudet campus points out some of the major issues our community faces concerning violence. These include, but are not limited to, communication and administrative barriers to reporting assaults, fear of tarnishing the image of the Deaf community, and lack of education and awareness for Deaf men and women about sexual assault. You can also check out this link to read more about safety and sexual assault education issues at Gallaudet University.

  1. Jenn November 20, 2006

    At Gallaudet, roughly 1994– I was threatened with rape to my face. He did not expect me to respond without fear at all. Right after I tried to find out his name, I never did. I did not see him again for 10 years at DPHH. I promptly notified male acquaintances of my past experience with him. To this day I do not know his name. The statue of limitations has expired. I always felt very bad because I did hear of a rape the following fall at Gally and my first thought was this person.

    I was very careful of my acquaintances and I think I saved myself from being raped as a freshman by refusing a “night out” with fresh acquaintances.

    There is a book called “the gift of fear.” Too often we all feel like we must act macho and outgoing–even women– we gotta be tough, out-boy the boys, even when we feel funny and a little scared inside. We need to listen to that fear.

    It is a gift from your subconscious saying “wait a minute, something seems wrong here.” You MUST stop and find out why you are afraid before you rush into anything.

    Rape will happen to almost anybody regardless of how good or bad they are, but you can do your best to be careful not to trust the wrong person by listening to your and others’ doubts.

    Also, ALWAYS listen to the doubts of people who you know DO love you. They may hate the person you are dating, but they love you, and there is a reason why they don’t like this person. Find out, then you can decide for yourself if it’s a good reason or not.

    Do you know if this person has any friends, do you know anybody who knows this person? Do you like his ‘friends?’

    The deaf community is “closeknit” but honestly there are a lot of people who float in and out of events and nobody really knows who they are. Never assume because they are there that anybody knows who they are.

  2. Julie Rems-Smario November 21, 2006

    Your website is rockin’. Thanks for doing great work with DAWN. When you are in the bay area, please do visit us at DeafHope in Oakland!

    I already posted this on two other blog sites. Since you are in DC area you may have some direct contacts to share the suggestion from Diana Cho.

    Keep up with your important work

    University of Chicago is one of the most progressive and proactive campus against sexual assault. I have worked with the people with there before. They have outstanding materials we can utilize and adapt for Gallaudet University as well as other universities such as CSUN.

    Check this website:


    Thanks to Diana Cho for reminding me about this website. She no longer works at RIT as an advocate for dv/sv survivors. Now she works for Vera Institute doing great work with Office On Violence Against Women with Disabilities and Deaf Women.

    Diana suggested that Gallaudet University contact CALCASA (www.CALCASA.org) and inquire about applying for an OVW grant under Violence Against Women on Campus. Also I need to thank Diana Cho for reminding me about University of Chicago’s outstanding website.


  3. GoAwayAnxiety November 21, 2006

    There was also a good friend of mine name Tallie Antolin, she was former Gallaudet students too… She was involves in Domestic Voilence repeating by her boyfriend. Sadly she was murdered two years ago… You can find some information on this blog about the trail…


    There will be one more post more details about Tallie Antolin that will be posted very soon, on her blog….

    Domestic Voilence isnt funny thing to be involves, it can lead to murdered like my friend.


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