Campaign to create a 24/7 anti-violence hotline for the Deaf community

an african american woman cradles a baby, #Who Will AnswerA recent campaign is working to raise awareness of the violence faced by the Deaf community.

In a series of expressive photographs, #WhoWillAnswer states that: 31% of Deaf men and women experience emotional abuse; domestic violence impacts one out of every two Deaf women; one in every six Deaf men experiences domestic violence and sexual assault; Deaf individuals are 150% more likely to be victims of assault, abuse, and bullying in their lifetimes; and 50% of all Deaf children are estimated to have experienced sexual abuse prior to adulthood. This list is overwhelming, and assists #WhoWillAnswer in communicating the societal violence and discrimination felt by many members of the Deaf community.

#WhoWillAnswer is also working to start a national hotline for members of the Deaf community that will operate 24/7, an extension of the currently existing hotline that is available only from 9am-5pm on weekdays. At the moment, they are raising funds and petition signatures to support the around-the-clock hotline, and state on their website that, “Sustainable funding to set up a permanent, 24/7 hotline for Deaf survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse is necessary. Our community stands behind us, now we need to educate the government and members of the U.S. Congress.”

If you would like to sign the petition to support the creation of a 24/7 National Deaf Hotline Center you can find it here, learn more about #WhoWillAnswer on their website, or by checking out the video below.

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Emily Pate is a third-year student at Seattle University interested in Strategic Communications, learning Spanish, and working with non-profits. Her work for Rooted In Rights is focused on discussing current events in the community of people with disabilities. Her experience previous to Rooted In Rights includes writing broadcasts for KBOO radio in Portland, OR, and managing a neighborhood blog in the Seattle community. In addition to work, Emily enjoys drawing, spending time with her friends and family, and backpacking.