For LGBTQ+ Survivors

FORGE: A Guide for Partners and Loved Ones of Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors

If you are in immediate danger or feel unsafe, call 911.

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There are many forms of sexual assault.

If you have been assaulted, you are not alone.

“The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) estimates that nearly one in ten LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) has experienced sexual assault from those partners. Studies suggest that around half of transgender people and bisexual women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes.” – Human Rights Campaign

Perpetrators of sexual assault may take advantage of the discrimination and isolation members of the LGBTQ+ community face, believing that their victims are less likely to reach out for help or less likely to be believed if they do. Further, sexual assault is frequently part of hate crimes. Perpetrators often target members of the LGBTQ+ community based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. However, if you’ve faced prejudice or hatred in the past, it is common to feel reluctant or afraid to reach out for help. We understand.

In addition to offering a comprehensive array of services for sexual assault, the YWCA has staff who specialize in working with LGBTQ+ survivors and addressing the unique challenges that exist for them. We also offer a LGBTQ+ survivor support group, and we partner with local organizations to ensure survivors receive practical and healing supports.

We hear you. We understand. We can help.