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Jericho: Walls of Silence

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This is more than a story of sexual abuse. This is an examination of how the gap between the deaf and hearing worlds contributed to the isolation of the children of Jericho Hill School for the Deaf. Because they were deaf, the inherent communication problems made it difficult for them to understand that they were being abused and allowed the abuse to continue. For over a decade, authorities at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf had evidence that abuse was happening in their midst but did not stop it. As the years passed, some victims became offenders until one former student forced an examination of his ordeal, thus exposing the hundreds of stories that eventually toppled Jericho's walls of silence.

1999, 48 min