On average 11-17% of all women report being sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime, while 2-3% of men will report a sexual assault in their lifetime. These numbers are significantly lower for individuals in the LGBTQ community. When they are assaulted they have many issues to consider that straight men and women do not have to worry about. Will they receive the same level of medical service that a straight person would receive? Will they receive the same level of sensitivity and caring that a straight person would receive? Will the police put forth the same efforts to seek justice for a crime that happened to them? As a group that has been highly discriminated against in the United States, including having less rights, they legitimately worry about seeking immediate help during this time of crisis (Chedekel, 2011).
This is why it is so important for RCASA to continue to make ourselves known to the LGBTQ community. All of our crisis responders and volunteers are trained to be sensitive to and respectful to people in all walks of life. Our organization is the safe haven for people who have been sexually assaulted no matter what their sexual orientation or gender identity may be. This is also especially important because there is a growing need for crisis responders who are sensitive to the issues that the LGBTQ community faces. According to this article, http://www.bu.edu/today/2011/lesbians-gays-bisexuals-at-increased-risk-for-sexual-assault/ , by Lisa Chedekel, women in the LGBTQ community are up to 3 times more likely to be sexually assaulted in some way in their lifetime, whereas LGBTQ men are up to 15 times more likely to be sexually assaulted. This happens for a variety of reasons, but hate crimes are the main reason I have observed over the course of several years. Sexual assault is a crime against another human being and it should not be tolerated, period. This is no less true for individuals who identify themselves as part of the LGBTQ community. RCASA takes the stance that sex crimes against the LGBTQ community are never okay and we are immediately available when needed during a crisis.
Chedekel, Lisa. “Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals at Increased Risk for Sexual Assault.” BU Today. Boston University, 13 Apr. 2011. Web. 22 Jun. 2012.