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LGBTQ History Month: Sexual Violence Within the Community

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LGBTQ History Month: Sexual Violence Within the Community

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first week of LGBTQ+ history month. During this week we are giving you a bit of an introduction to the month. As well as this, we are focusing on sexual violence within the LGBTQ+ community to tie in with YSJ’s Sexual Awareness Week.

 

The statistics surrounding sexual assault within the LGBTQ+ community is alarming with transgender people and bisexual women experiencing the most shocking rates of sexual abuse. 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence or stalking by a partner. Similarly, 26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men have experienced rape, sexual violence or stalking by a partner. Likewise, 47% of transgender people have been sexually assaulted at some point during their life.

 

These figures are shockingly high, and the impact of sexual abuse is devastating. It makes you question who you are as a person; you feel isolated, alone and like no one will believe you. For the LGBTQ+ community it is still the same. Many members of the LGBTQ+ community do not report sexual violence as they are afraid of being ‘outed’ or made to feel invalid. It is important to highlight that abuse from any individual is not okay; it can affect any one of any gender identity or sexual orientation and you are not responsible for the violence against you. The trauma experienced from a member of the LGBTQ+ community isn’t any less than those who do not identify with the community, but there are other factors that make the experience difficult for LGBTQ+ people. There is a lot of discrimination when trying to access help and many people are subject to homophobia, transphobia, and biphobia. Members of the community may not always feel safe when accessing help as they can be asked very personal and intrusive questions about their identity. If organizations are not educated on the community and how to help, sometimes it can feel daunting and scary to get help.

 

However, there are many places that can support you properly and other people who have experienced similar things! Take a look at some of the helpful resources below and please do seek help if you feel comfortable.

Gallop – 0800 999 5428 - http://www.galop.org.uk/sexualviolence/

Bi-Survivors Network - https://www.consortium.lgbt/member-directory/bi-survivors-network/

Respect Men’s Advice Line – 0808 8010 327 - https://mensadviceline.org.uk/

The Anti-Violence Hotline – 212 714 1141 - https://avp.org/

 

Stay Safe,

Your LGBTQ Liberation Officer, Emily.

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