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De(a)fining consent: Exploring nuances of offering and receiving sexual consent among Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing people

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posted on 2024-06-05, 01:51 authored by V Letico, Mary IliadisMary Iliadis, Reece WaltersReece Walters
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing persons may rely upon non-verbal modes of communication to convey and attain sexual consent. However, this may increase the risk of inaccurate interpretation, sexual miscommunication and potentially, harm. Through an analysis of four online Reddit and Quora discussion threads, this article examines how sexual communication is being negotiated and adapted where at least one party is Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing to better ensure free and voluntary consent. This article offers insights into how sign, touch, lipreading, sound, light and body movement can be expressed as mutually understood cues in clarifying and communicating sexual consent. The importance of clearly understood consent before and during sexual intimacy is increasingly relevant for respectful relationships, education policies and legal frameworks.

History

Journal

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Pagination

1-19

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

1748-8958

eISSN

1748-8966

Language

English

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Publisher

SAGE Publications