#UsToo: Raising Awareness of LGBTQ Survivors

We see you. We believe you. We can help. 

Sexual assault affects people of all walks of life, and members of the LGBTQ community experience disproportionate rates of sexual victimization. But all too often our experiences and voices are left out of the larger narrative and the services available for survivors are designed for heterosexual and cisgender people. As a result, our unique experiences are frequently left unseen, unacknowledged, and often times, invalidated.

LGBTQ sexual assault survivors need acknowledgement and support to heal. Sexual assault does not discriminate, and survivors are not alone. We see you, we believe you, and we can help. #UsToo

Sexual assault doesn’t discriminate, and neither do we.

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The Violence Recovery Program at Fenway Health is here to assist all lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer individuals who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, and hate crime victimization. We provide LGBTQ specialized support and recovery through free counseling and advocacy, including women who’ve been abused by women, as well as trans and male survivors.

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In their lifetime:

47% of transgender people experience sexual assault.
40% of gay men report experiencing sexual violence.
1 in 8 lesbian women be sexually assaulted.
1 in 5 bisexual women report being raped by an intimate partner.
47% of bisexual men experience sexual violence.

Sources:
*National Center for Transgender Equality, 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey
*CDC, The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS): 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation.

#UsToo Resources:

Help raise awareness in your communities and let LGBTQ survivors know that they are not alone!

Share on social!Share the below educational graphics to your social networks using #UsToo to help disseminate important stats and information on LGBTQ sexual assault across your digital network.

Speak up in your community!Download these flyers for posting in your office, within local schools, community bulletin boards and other public spaces, to help raise awareness of LGBTQ sexual assault and reach survivors in your community.

National Resources:

2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, National Center for Transgender Equality
http://www.ustranssurvey.org/reports

The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS)
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/index.html

2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation, NISVS
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/nisvs_sofindings.pdf

2012 Findings on Sexual Violence in Youth, NISVS
https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/2012FindingsonSVinYouth.pdf

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-UD-AX-001 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.