Research & Scholarly Achievement
at Gallaudet University
Effects of sexual assault disclosure among Deaf female survivors
Using a sexual assault survey supplemented with a disclosure questionnaire, this study examines the following primary questions: (1) What is the rate of disclosure in a national sample of Deaf female survivors and how does assault type and acknowledgement of rape affect the rate of disclosure in Deaf female survivors? (2) What percentage of disclosures endorsed by Deaf female survivors is considered be helpful or unhelpful? (3) What personal, environmental, and socio-cultural factors related to disclosure (those found in the hearing population and those unique to the Deaf community) contribute to the experience being perceived as helpful or unhelpful for Deaf female survivors? A secondary question will also be asked: What is the prevalence rate of sexual assault in a national sample of Deaf women?