After many years as a victim of domestic violence, the final act of violence left Peggie Reyna with a broken nose, and broken jaw, and deaf. Peggie finally broke free. The first step meant returning to school, learning American Sign Language, and trying to create a new life. Later, a surgical procedure that placed wires in her ears left her hard of hearing, not deaf.
That was in 1975. Today Peggie is a nationally recognized expert on domestic violence, and is well known for her pioneering efforts to bring domestic violence intervention programs and prevention education to the deaf and disabled communities. Ms. Reyna has worked at “Peace Over Violence” (formally LACAAW) for 23 years now.
brought to you by The OSU Silent Lunch Group
“After The Silence”
Movie Screening & Discussion
with guest speaker Peggie Reyna
Sign Language Interpreter onsite
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2012
OSU MEMORIAL UNION Rm109
“AFTER THE SILENCE” is a story of inspiration for anyone whose life has been touched by the horror of domestic or interpersonal violence. The movie is based on the true story of a young Deaf woman who escaped the life-long abuse inflicted by her father, mother and brothers. This young woman was denied the education which would have taught her to communicate. She was enslaved in her home and suffered a great deal of violence. This is the story of her struggle to learn to communicate and to build a new life with the help of LACAAW counselor/advocate, Peggie Reyna. It is a story with a positive message about commitment, compassion, the human spirit and all the dedicated people and agencies who pulled together to help one person change her life.
February 24, 2012 update information: It has been 18 years since Rosa’s (Laura’s real name) escape from violence. She remains a loved and cherished part of Peggie’s family.
film showing sponsored by OSU Women’s Center, OSU Women’s Studies,
OSU Office of Equity & Inclusion, and OSU Memorial Union.
For special accommodations contact Parcella.Provence@oregonstate.edu 541-737-2729
Meet OSU Anthropology Student Rebecka Daye’s mother
IN A FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION
on Surviving Domestic Violence
WEDNESDAY MAY 23, 2012
OSU MEMORIAL UNION Rm 109 – 4:00-6:30pm
(see attached event flyer)
Peace Over Violence
(formerly The Los Angeles Commission on Assaults Against Women)
Deaf, Disabled & Elder Services
“LoveMeNot” Anti-Stalking Project
Peggie Reyna is the Project Director for the Peace Over Violence Deaf, Disabled & Elder Services Program, including the Right Response Collaborative, and the “LoveMeNot” Anti-Stalking Project. Ms. Reyna holds a B.A. in Special Education with emphasis on Deafness. Herself hard of hearing from domestic violence, Peggie is a nationally recognized speaker in the fields of intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, child abuse, stalking and women’s self-defense. She is best known for her pioneering work in the Deaf and Disabled communities and has been published in “Deaf Life”, “WE” magazine and “New Horizons”. Ms. Reyna has worked at Peace Over Violence for 23 years.
Peggie has made numerous media and television appearances including “Good Morning America”, “Southland Today”, “L.A. In The Morning”, “The Leeza Show”, “Up Front”, “Deaf Mosaic”, “Don’t Be a Target” 95 & 96, NBC’s “Save Our Streets” and “Lifestyle Magazine”. In 1995 Peggie was chosen as a featured subject for KCET’s “Life and Times”; in 1996 Ms. Reyna was the subject of an ABC Monday Night Movie of the Week (“Breaking Through”- later renamed “After the Silence”) and in 2000 Peggie was a featured speaker in a domestic violence/stalking education video project with “Air Tokyo” which aired nationwide in Japan.
As an active member of the National Domestic Violence Hotline Board, Peggie was chosen as a spokesperson for the hotline kickoff at the White House in 1996. Under Peggie’s guidance LACAAW’s Deaf & Disabled Services Program was a recipient of the 1998 Crime Victim Service Award presented by the Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime and in 2002 she was named a recipient of the Sunshine Lady Foundation Advocate Peace Award. In May of 2003 Peggie received the prestigious “Angel of Peace” award from the Violence Prevention Coalition of Greater Los Angeles. Most recently Ms. Reyna was recipient of the End Abuse Long Beach 2010 award for 25 years of outstanding service. Ms. Reyna currently serves on the Board of Directors for African Continental Deaf Women Empowerment as Director of Advocacy. Peggie is an outspoken advocate for all survivors of violence against women and children.