Last night, the BBC aired a Newsnight documentary about children at a deaf school who were routinely sexually abused by its founders, Eric and Beatrice Ingall.

Sexual abuse is incredibly traumatic for children without hearing difficulties, but for those who are partially or fully deaf experiencing abuse, there is an increased difficulty in communicating that abuse, which plunges them into a world that is even less accessible.

As adults, the victims of this abuse courageously worked together to expose what happened to them and others at the school, only to find their case was dismissed on the second day. The judge told them their abuser was too old, and they had left it too late.

You can watch the documentary here, and find out a little more about the documentary by reading this piece by Erika Jones, the researcher who helped uncover the abuse.

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