For LGBTQ Survivors

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

YWCA 24-Hour Confidential Helpline
616.454.YWCA (616.454.9922)

Have you ever been sexual assaulted? It’s not always easy to answer that question – especially in a community where you can become accustomed to abuse from family, friends, and society.

As a community, LGBTQ individuals face higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalization, which puts the community at greater risk for sexual assault. LGBTQ individuals may be targeted as part of a hate crime based on their sexual orientation and/or gender identity; with sexual assault being the most common experience among LGBTQ hate crime victims.

We can help – by working with you to sort out your feelings, escape from abuse, and recover from trauma. The YWCA has staff who specialize in working with LGBTQ survivors and also partners with local organizations to best serve LGBTQ survivors. Please call 616.454.9922 for help.

Our staff can connect you with the YWCA resources you need to heal, including:

  • LGBTQ Support Group
  • Short-term Crisis Support
  • Rape Exams
  • Group Therapy and Counseling
  • Temporary Shelter and Long-term Housing
  • Assistance Finding Legal, Medical, Housing, and Child Care Services

We hear you. We understand. We can help.