Sexual Assault LGBTQ Survivors (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer)

People of all sexual orientations and all gender identities experience sexual violence – including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or gender non-conforming people.

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Sometimes a sexual assault is a hate crime perpetrated against individuals for their real or (perceived) sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

It may feel more difficult as a member of the LGBTQ community to request help due to fear that a counselor will judge you or not take your experience seriously because of your sexual orientation or gender identity. You may have already experienced homophobia or transphobia in trying to get help.

We support and provide confidential services to people of all genders, sexual orientations and gender expressions. Our counselors receive specific training on the needs of survivors who identify as LGBTQ. We can also provide referrals to outside counselors, doctors, and other professionals who have extensive experience with LGBTQ clients.

You may have additional concerns related to the violence you experienced and your sexual orientation or gender identity such as:

  • Being “outed” because you are looking for help.
  • Worrying that the person who assaulted you will reveal your sexual orientation or gender identity.
  • Thinking that no one will believe you were assaulted because of your orientation or identity.
  • Worrying you are somehow to blame for the violence because of your sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.
  • Confusion if the person who assaulted you was your partner or ex-partner.

These are common concerns and you are not alone.  What happened to you is not your faultOur staff will maintain your privacy and treat you with respect.