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This week - 18th May 2008

Amanda Coogan
Amanda Coogan
You have the right to say No
You have the right to say No

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Tune in this Sunday RTÉ One at 10.45am another "Best Of" Hands On!

This week you'll get another chance to see Ronan's report on the Deaf Adult Literacy Service. We also show our harrowing item about Domestic Violence and Rape. This item is not suitable for younger viewers but at the end of the programme we will have another great Molly and Mr. Milk.

Domestic Violence and Rape
Every day women - and men - all over the country, Deaf, hearing, from different backgrounds, classes and cultures, are going through awful experiences of Domestic Violence and Rape. But sometimes it can be difficult to know when these things are happening to you, and who you can turn to for help.

Rape or sexual assault is when a person is forced to participate in any sexual act without his or her consent. The force involved may take the form of threats, coercion or physical overpowering, sometimes with added violence. Rapists can be strangers, someone you know, a family member or even a spouse - rape is always wrong, it's against the law, and it is never your fault.
It can be easy to feel alone and isolated when this happens to you, even though many people have experienced it. One Deaf woman, we'll call her Amy, went through this experience nine years ago. She wanted to tell her story but did not wish to appear on camera. Interpreter Amanda Coogan relays her disturbing story.

The Dublin Rape Crisis Centre can help men and women who have been raped, or are victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment or child abuse, no matter where in Ireland you live. They are now offering a text service so that Deaf men and women can contact them.

Dublin Rape Crisis Centre can be contacted at:
Text No: 086 8238443
Email: rcc@indigo.ie
Fax No: 01 661 0873
Hours: 8am - 7pm Mon - Fri
Freephone helpline (24hrs Mon - Sun) 1 800 778 888

All the services provided by the DRCC are confidential and any interpreter that is used for an appointment MUST also abide by a strict code of confidentiality. Remember, you do not need to go through this alone. If you are forced to participate in any sexual act against your will by anyone, that is rape. You were never 'asking for it', it is not your fault.

Any kind of violence or assault is horrifying, but there is something even worse about experiencing this in your own home. If you are afraid of someone close to you, someone who shares your home or your bed, then you are among the one in five Irish women who have experienced domestic violence. Just because it happens to a lot of women, does not mean it's ok, but you can get help and you can make it stop.

Domestic Violence does not only mean physical violence, like being punched or kicked. Sexual abuse, mental abuse and financial abuse are all part of domestic violence and can be as frightening as physical abuse.

Women's Aid is an organisation that helps women experiencing domestic violence. They have a text no and an email address, and can provide interpreters to help access their services. If you want to leave an abusive relationship they can help you to find a refuge for you and your children and if you want to press charges they will accompany you to court. They'll also give you financial advice if financial worries are one of the reasons you think you should stay with your partner. If you just want someone to talk to they can provide a one to one support appointment, giving you advice & support through an interpreter, they'll never tell you what to do.

Womens Aid can be contacted at:
Text: 087-9597980 10am to 10pm 7 days per week
Fax - 01-8684721 Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Email helpline@womensaid.ie Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
National Freephone Helpline 1800 341 900 (10am to 10pm 7 days per week)
While the services of the DRCC and Women's Aid can be accessed through interpreters, you may wish meet another ISL user in confidence.
Frankie Berry is a qualified counsellor and can be contacted at:
Text: 0876471058
Fax: 018600284
Email: frankie@ncdp.ie

Annie Byrne, In the programme it is mentioned that Annie Byrne is practicing as a counsellor. Annie is actually not taking appointments at the moment, we will let you know as soon as she is again.

The Irish Deaf Womens Group produced an information DVD about domestic violence and sexual assault. You can get a copy through the IDS or from the Irish Deaf Womens Group who can be contacted at:
30 Blessington St
Dublin 7
Text: 086 1719570
Email: irishdeafwomen@gmail.com

Deaf Adult Literacy Service
When an IDS survey revealed that 80% of Deaf people have problems with literacy, they decided to set up a Deaf Adult Literacy Service providing free classes in ISL on everything from English to Digital Creativity, Driver Theory and Deaf History. Ronan finds out more about the service, why the Deaf community have such problems with literacy and he meets some of the students who are enjoying the benefits of attending the classes.
If you would like to find out more about the Deaf Adult Literacy Services contact:

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