Thursday, February 24, 2011

Marlee Matlin on Larry King Live (Subtitles)

This made me think of Lucy's great initiative - a campaign to teach deaf children about 'good touch, bad touch'. She mobilized Deaf adults to help simply because the children would feel more comfortable disclosing to Deaf adults.

But what about teaching Deaf women about physical abuse? Domestic violence?

In fact, do we even bring the information of this resource to children and people with other disabilities? It's frightening to me to think that before Lucy's campaign, there were probably thousands of Deaf children being sexually abused but not having the language to tell about it.

It's frightening to think about the hundreds of thousands of children with other disabilities who are being exposed to abuse - sexual, physical or mental. The children live in residential schools, and this makes access to them so much easier for abusers.

There's so much work to be done in this world, isn't there?

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