Many of the issues faced by LBT survivors will be the same faced by other women. However we know that there are some specific issues faced by LGBT people. We are here to listen and support you. We welcome transgender women.
We welcome women who are lesbian or bisexual, and all transgender people. Many of the issues faced by LGBT survivors will be the same faced by other women. Sometimes LGBT survivors are told that their sexual orientation or gender identity is a direct result of the sexual violence that they have experienced. There is no evidence of a link between sexual violence and sexual orientation/gender identity.
Being raped because of your sexual orientation or gender identity is not only an act of sexual violence, but is also a hate crime and should be treated as such. Sexual violence as a form of homophobic hate crime can include so-called ‘corrective rape’ which aims to ‘cure’ women of their homosexuality/bisexuality/transgender identity. This can increase the sense of self-blame that many survivors feel, as a core part of your identity has been attacked. No one asks to be sexually assaulted, and the person who is responsible for rape is always the rapist. Workers at WRASAC will be able you to work through all the different feelings that you may have.
Statistically, transgender people experience sexual violence at a disproportionate rate and may find support more difficult to access. At WRASAC, transgender women will receive the same level of support as other female survivors, and transgender men and non-binary trans people will receive a service tailored to their needs. If there is anything that we need to do to help you to feel safe and supported in the Centre, please let us know and we will try to make it happen.
Many LGBT people may be reluctant to report because of a fear of being discriminated against. The police have a duty under the Equality Act to not discriminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, and if you feel that you have been discriminated against then you have the right to make a complaint.
A worker at Rape Crisis can support you through the process of reporting if you feel this would be helpful to you.
In this section
- Reporting to the police and court process
- Adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse
- Ritual abuse
- Commercial sexual exploitation
- Information for family and friends
- LGBTI survivors
- Sexual abuse against boys and men
- Survivors' stories
Information for women involved in prostitution.
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