News & Events

Short Film Release for Sexual Assault Awareness Month

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Sexual Violence Awareness join us for the release of a
new short film Dre’s Story: A Survivor’s Journey filmed in partnership with Jules Dameron Filmmaker, Deafsafe Deaf Survivor Advocacy for Empowerment
Saturday April 23 5:30-7:30p
Alameda County Family Justice Center
470 27th Street, Oakland
Light snacks provided

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Rape Culture is real.  (Shout out to DeafSafe for sharing!)


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What “rape culture” means?
Rape is all too common.
1 out of 5 women has been a victim of attempted rape or completed rape.
Rape cases are not being reported…
(Less than half of all rapes are actually reported.)
… So rapists are not being sent to jail.
(Only 3 percent of rapist spend even a day in jail.)
Colleges can be openly hostile to the victims.
(Campus rape rates haven’t changed in the last 20 years.)
People think rape victims are making it all up.
(2-8 percent of the charges may be false but students think up to 50 percent of rape reports are fabricated.)
Rapists can seek child custody in a majority of the United States.
(In 31 states, convicted rapists can sue for visitation rights and custody.)
Politicians thinks women can’t get pregnant from rape.
(32,000 women get pregnant from rape in the United States each year.)]

DeafHope in DC for the Deaf Action Project

03.16 DeafTA meeting

[image description: collage of two slanted images on a blue background with the title Deaf Action Partner Meeting.  On the left, screenshot of the Deaf Action announcement with Libby Stanley, white woman with shoulder length dark hair, a colorful large tattoo on her right forearm and wearing a dark purple cardigan.  Her image is frozen in the sign “meet”.  Text next to her picture reads: Learn about an exciting new initiative! Deaf Action to End Domestic and Sexual Violence New Initiative Launched ADWAS, ASADV, DeafHope, and the Vera Institute of Justice, have come together to create a new initiative, Deaf Action to End Domestic and Sexual Violence. With support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against women, the Deaf Action project will strengthen efforts to address domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking in Deaf communities. The image on the right shows five women gathered around a conference table having a discussion.  There are papers and coffee cups strewn around the table.  On the far left is Tara Holcomb, white woman with blond hair and a black sweater. Next is Libby Stanley, white woman with dark hair pulled back and a purple sweater.  Then is Tiffany Williams, white woman with red hair and glasses on top of her head.  Next is Erin Esposito, white woman with short strawberry blond hair and glasses.  On the far right you can see just the side of Amber Hodson’s head, white woman with long brown hair.]

It’s time for the Super Bowl…

… and it’s time to end our silence about domestic and sexual violence.

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Introducing Deaf Action to End Domestic and Sexual Violence

We are proud to collaborate with ADWAS in Seattle, WA; ASADV in Rochester, NY; and Vera Institute of Justice on this project, funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. We aim to strengthen the movement to end domestic and sexual violence in Deaf communities through training, consultation, and networking.

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DVSV Community Training

We had a powerful, inspiring weekend together at our community training. It is an honor to see the ever-growing community of allies for Deaf survivors!


[image description: photo on left shows Aracelia Aguilar presenting in a conference room, behind her a powerpoint slide reads Sexual Assault Crime Flowchart and the DeafHope Power and Control wheel is visible on the side. photo on the right shows a group smiling at the camera, along with a sweet service dog in the front.]

Honoring Marie Smith

Sweet Marie will forever be our DeafHope angel. Her memorial service today was such a gift to us all, a beautiful gathering of the Deaf community she so loved.

[image description: Photo of Stan and Marie Smith, kissing in a gondola, with blue skies and fluffy white clouds behind them]

Upcoming Events

October 2016

  • Deaf Access for Survivors webinar: Oct. 5 10a
  • DVSV Training Must attend all three days: Oct 14, 15 & 16 9-5p