Therapy Thursday – On LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Assault

In Therapy on June 14, 2012 at 5:00 am

How Much Do You Know About LBGT Sexual Assault Victims?

  • Sexual minorities experience the same forms of sexual violence as the larger community.  Additionally, sexual minorities experience the same emotional responses as the larger community, such as anger, anxiety, depression, dissociation, low self-esteem, self-hatred, and shame.
  • Six percent of all anti-LGBT hate crimes are incidents of sexual assault or forcible rape.
  • More than half of gay men and lesbians report at least one incident of sexual coercion by a same-sex partner.
  • Anti-LGBT crimes have increased over the last decade, with particular increases in both sexual assault and murder
  • LGB adults are more likely to experience interpersonal violence than heterosexual counterparts.

How Can you Be A Helpful Ally, Friend, or

Partner of LBGT Sexual Assault Victims?

  • Believe your friend or partner who has been raped.
  • Respect the need for confidentiality.
  • Avoid judgmental comments.
  • Control your own feelings of anger and/or frustration.
  • Ask how you can be helpful rather than giving unsolicited advice.
  • Respect their decisions even when yours might be different.
  • Be a good listener.
  • Offer unconditional love and support.

 All information was taken from:

 Cramer, R. (2012).  Mental health in violent crime victims: Does sexual orientation matter?  Law and Human Behavior, Vol 36(2), pp. 87-95.





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