BGLTQ Survivors

Bisexual, Gay, Lesbian, Transgender, and Queer people are subject to the same spectrum of sexual violence as their heterosexual peers. Research confirms that BGLTQ individuals are at greater risk for being victimized by acts of sexual violence, likely due to cultural attitudes of homophobia and myths about violence in the BGLTQ community.

 

Barriers to services and reporting 

  • Abusers might attempt to wield control by threatening to "out" the survivor to friends, family or employers
  • Fear they will not be believed if they report an incident
  • Fear they will lose the support of their community
  • Fear that reporting the crime to the police or local agencies will expose them to discrimination, homophobia, or gender policing  

Rights

  • You have the right to present your gender however you choose.
  • You have the right to have your correct name and pronoun respected.
  • You have the right to engage in romantic and intimate relationships with people of any gender.
  • You have the right to safety in an environment free from harassment, intimidation, or threats of harassment or intimidation.
  • You have the right to knowledgeable and respectful healthcare providers.

Resources

There are resources available to BGLTQ survivors in terms of culturally-competent counseling, safe and affordable housing accommodations, and accessible medical care. OSAPR is available to support all survivors and assist in navigating these resources. Call our hotline at 617-495-9100 or make an appointment

College Students may also seek confidential support at the BGLTQ Office for Student Life or with Contact Peer Counseling.

Additionally, we suggest any of the following agencies/organizations for off-campus care.

For additional university offices, local agencies, and national organizations, check out our Resources section.

 

For more information on recent research and statistics, you can check out the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (2010), National Violence Against Women Survey and Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey.