RAINN Stands with LGBTQ Survivors

Looking For The Light

RAINN Newsletter

JUN 03, 2019

Each June, communities and individuals around the world recognize pride month—a joyful celebration of all genders and sexualities as well as a solemn reminder of the difficulties many lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people continue to face.

Sexual violence is an issue that affects all people, regardless of gender or sexual orientation. LGBTQ survivors often encounter many of the same challenges other survivors face, but might also have additional obstacles in accessing legal, medical, and law enforcement resources due to discrimination or lack of understanding.

For LGBTQ survivors who don’t feel comfortable talking about their sexual orientation with friends or family, it can be especially hard to disclose sexual violence.

“The reaction of the first person you tell is extremely important, and can often hinder or facilitate a survivors pathway to healing” says Keeli Sorensen, vice president of victim services, “If someone discloses…

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