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Overview of LGBTQ Assault
Aardvarc information on same sex sexual assault
Male on female sexual assault
"based on interviews with women who counsel lesbian victims and on the scant amount of literature available, is an initial inquiry into the common reactions of the lesbian violence victim, as distinguished from the straight female victim or the gay man.
Woman on woman sexual assault
"Sexual assault isn't committed just by men. Lesbians who have been raped by other lesbians are beginning to speak out, but they're finding support slow in coming--from the legal system, victim support lines and our own community"
women can be
raped by other women?
"30% of LGBT couples experience domestic violence"
in lesbian, bisexual women's and
"The experiences of women who are sexually assaulted by other women are not widely enough known or discussed. This silence makes it harder for those of us who are sexually assaulted by women to get appropriate health care and support. Service providers, media, educators, and assault survivors can help end this silence by talking more openly about this abuse."
"Our members are a diverse group of women of varying ages, backgrounds, locations, occupations, sexual orientations, family status, etc. What all our members have in common is the experience of having been sexually abused by their mother and the courage and fortitude to come share with and support other women on the same healing journey."
"Why don't we
hear more about this?
Although Professor Lori B. Girshick hasn’t yet concluded her study of woman-to-woman sexual abuse, what she has found so far confirms that this kind of abuse is real and that it needs to be addressed. Unfortunately, a lot of people are reluctant to admit there’s a problem. Many more are just not interested.
An initial inquiry
into the common reactions of the lesbian violence victim, as distinguished
from the straight female victim or the gay man.
& Rape Information for Lesbian,
Stop Abuse For
Everyone (SAFE) provides unique services for domestic violence victims.
We look for those who typically fall between the cracks, and are receiving
the least amount of help -- people for whom few services are available.
Our approach is to view domestic violence as a human issue. We often say
it this way, "it does matter what type of person you are, if you're in
an abusive relationship, it is the type of experience you're having that
is important. The services you receive should be based on what you need,
rather than who you are." That is the goal we work towards.
MDSA is the only organization in the world specializing in mother-daughter sexual abuse. We are also distinguished by the innovative online group experience we provide for survivors.
Male on Male sexual assault
Woman on Man sexual assault
"Information about the sexual abuse of males by females."
"It seems to me that when rape is discussed as a problem, male survivors are left out of consideration. While males are less likely to be raped than are females, this does not mean that male rape is not a problem. In that spirit, I am gathering links that are of specific interest to male survivors."
call the National Sexual Assault Hotline, operated by RAINN, 24 hours
a day at 1-800-656-HOPE
(4673) or you can search
for your local rape crisis center or hotlines.
Hotline/Linea de crisis 617-423-7233 v/tty firstname.lastname@example.org
Gay & Lesbian
Youth GLNH 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT)
Gay & Transgender Hate Crime Hotline 1-800-616-HATE
Incest, National Network (RAINN)
Gay and Lesbian
Nat'l Gay &
Lesbian Task Force
NYC Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project (212)714-1141 -
24 hour Lesbian
Therapist Referral Network
Audre Lorde Project
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Helpline and Peer Listing Line (800)399-7337
Bisexual, and Transgender Helpline
in your area- by area code -find an lgbt support group
for lesbian sexual assault
and rape survivors
Lesbian sexual abuse survivor support group. This is a very supportive and safe space. There is a section for partners of survivors.
Mirrors. This board is here for Lesbian Survivors of abuse, rape and incest. Partners and friends of Lesbian survivors are also welcome.
A lesbian survivor group with listings of other survivor groups on the home page.
LGBT safe space for survivors of sexual/physical/emotional abuse, assault & rape. Primarily Transgender female to male and male to female.
This is a group to provide support for lesbian and LGBTQ partners of abuse, sexual assault and rapesurvivors. Please join in and help form a support source for partners.
This is a message board for partners of lesbian sexual assault survivors.
General support boards with lgbt sub forums:
This site has a special forum for LGBTQ members. The overall tone is very liberal. It is inspired by the musician Tori Amos.
A message board with lovely aesthetics, nice mood and optional themes including Fiona Apple. This forum has an lgbt sub forum.
A community designed to help survivors communicate in the recovery of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence. This board has a forum for lgbt survivors.
Welcome to our
support group for lesbians and those we love.
A support group
for women survivors who have suffered abuse by other women.
A discussion list for adult females who were abused as children by at least one female. This message board is carefully moderated.
This online forum is for general discussion about domestic violence, and focuses especially on groups that typically fall between the cracks: abused men, same-sex victims, elderly abuse, sibling abuse, and so on. Postings are welcome without regard to what type of person you are: man or woman, gay or straight, etc. This forum is intended as a safe place for people to talk about their experiences and points of view. Please be respectful and courteous to other points of view.
Resources in your area- by area code -find an lgbt support group near you.
Lesbian Assault Resources
Aardvarc information on same sex sexual assault
Survivor Project is a non-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of intersex and trans survivors of domestic and sexual violence through caring action, education and expanding access to resources and to opportunities for action.
The Northwest Network increases our communities' ability to support the self-determination and safety of bisexual, transgendered, lesbian, and gay survivors of abuse through education, organizing and advocacy.
Sexual violence is prevalent in our society and happens to many women including lesbian and bisexual women. Survivors of assault often have a great deal of difficulty seeking help. The myths & stereotypes that surround lesbianism and bisexuality can create silence, shame and guilt which often prevent the survivor from coming forward to seek help.
"Just like heterosexual women, lesbians can be sexually assaulted. In most cases this happens simply because they are female. Yet there are rapists who target gay or bisexual women, expressing their anti-lesbian hatred through this kind of violence, as a way to "teach them a lesson," or "show them what they really need." Or you may have been assaulted by your partner or another woman in an abusive relationship."
Trans-identified Resources for
Sexual Assault Survivors
A national education and advocacy organization supporting FTM+s and SOFFAs
Transgendered people are the targets of the most vicious and blatant forms of violence. They are routinely abused by the police and medical professionals, in addition to being subjected to random street violence and domestic partner abuse. Intimate partners, often appalled to discover the gender transgression, can verbally, psychologically, physically and sexually abuse the person.
Anne Serene's Trans Reference Site.
is an online community for all trans-identified
This is an editable page open to the public on transgender sexual assault. "This page deals with sexual assault as a medical emergency. See rape for definition, consequences, sociological context, and other available resources. If you have a medical problem, you should seek expert help."
A personal site for rape survivors by a trans-gendered person named Alison. This site is very interesting and has a very individual perspective on the problem of sexual assault.
Student Trans Activism!
Current events- Transgender woman ill-treated and raped in jail A story of abuse, sexual assault and hate crimes against a transgender person.
hour Lesbian Therapist Referral Network
Ave., Alexandria, VA 22304
Information on gay and lesbian suicide counseling.
The Lesbian Resource
Center works to visibly and
LGBT Medical Resources
To find an lgbt Medical Doctor click here for a referral
to improve the physical and mental health of our community, especially
those who are traditionally
Community health centers serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
The Lesbian Health Foundation, a part of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, provides a web-based resource for research, information and services on health issues affecting lesbians, bisexual women, and transgendered individuals; education and training for health care professionals; and a national Speakers Bureau for educating and raising awareness of the special health needs of lesbians, bisexual women, and transgendered individuals.
Part of the Center for LGBT Health at Columbia University, the Lesbian Health Research Institute is committed to conducting, facilitating, supporting, and publishing high quality community-based research about lesbian health. LHRI publishes a quarterly newsletter and maintains a Web site for lesbian health research issues.
Medical and other resources for transsexual women (Male-to-Female).
Rape is a crime of violence and power
For immediate victim assistance call 206-350-4283 or 1 800-879-6682 24 hours a day or fill out this online hate crime report form.
The Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation states that "A hate crime, also known as a bias crime, is a criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin."
Gay and lesbian anti violence project. Hotline:AVP's hotline at 212-714-1141. You can ask to speak with a male or female counselor, or Spanish- or English-speaking counselor.
violence page -LAMBDA state by state laws against gender based discrimination.
Gay/Lesbian 24-hour help line for violence
The victimization of gays and lesbians based upon their sexual orientation includes harassment, vandalism, robbery, assault, rape and murder. The location of these crimes is not restricted to dark streets leading from gay establishments. Violence against gays and lesbians occurs everywhere: in schools, the workplace, public places and in the home. Those who commit these acts come from all social/economic backgrounds and represent different age groups (National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, Safety and Fitness Exchange, Lance Bradley and Kevin Berrill, 1986.)
Health and Homophobia: Perspectives for the
forum examines with psychoanalytic tools, the roots of homophobia in
the human mind and the reason for homophobia's seeming normalcy. Psychoanalysis
examines what a person was
For additional information on hate crimes, please contact:
Gay and Lesbian Task Force
Institute Against Prejudice and Violence
York City Gay & Lesbian Anti-Violence Project
Your local prosecutor’s office, law enforcement, or state Attorney General’s office. Check in the Blue Pages of your local phone book under the appropriate section heading of either “Local Government,” “County Government,” or “State Government.”"
See also: Hate crimes- based on disabilities such as PTSD
for Lesbian Sexual Assault / LGBTQ Assault
Overview: Books on lesbian sexual assault
Girshick, L. B. (2002). Woman-to-woman sexual violence : does she call it rape? Boston: Northeastern University Press. Find this in a library
Ristock, J. (2002). No More Secrets: Violence in Lesbian Relationships. New York: Routledge Find this in a library
Renzetti, C. (1992). Violent Betrayal : Partner Abuse in Lesbian Relationships. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. Find this in a library
Lundy, S. ; Leventhal, B. (1999). Same-Sex Domestic Violence : Strategies for Change. Palm Springs, Ca.: Sage Publications, Inc. Find this in a library
Lobel, K. (Ed.) (1986). Naming the violence: Speaking out about lesbian battering. Seattle, WA: Seal Press. Find this in a library
Kaschak, E. (2001). Intimate Betrayal: Domestic Violence in Lesbian Relationships. USA: Hawthorne Press. Find this in a library
Books / lending library on LGBTQ domestic violence and assault.
Gender Education & Advocacy provides a large selection of freely downloadable materials that you can use in your local area to educate others on gender issues.
A Repository for Books, Journals, Magazines, Newspapers, Newsletters, Postcards, Films, Personal Papers, Ephemera, and Other Transgender Material.
This survey was intended to measure the level of awareness in Saskatchewan's 'lesbian community' about abuse.
Gender Watch website
Databases to search (available at a local university):
Two Women Charged with Rape - Gay City News and GayCityNews.com
Current Events Resources
male violence against women, lesbian partner violence, feminist service providers, lesbian partner abuse, first relationship with another woman, lesbian abuse, lesbian perpetrators, heterosexual abuse, control constellation, same sex domestic violence, discursive tale, transgendered women, relationship violence, lesbian domestic violence, trauma talk, abusive dynamics, first lesbian relationship, lesbian violence, mutual abuse, dominant feminist, lesbian battering, material tale, one service provider, support groups for survivors.
Resources to research this subject:
Warwick, Lynda L. (1996). Relationality, lesbian identity, and rape recovery: Meanings made by three lesbian survivors of male rape. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 57(1-B), pp. 0716.
Resources to research this subject:
Search terms: rape crisis
Related links: Victim blame
Macdonalds, J. (2004). World Book Encyclopedia. United States of America: World Book Inc.
rape. (2006). Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved May 2, 2006, from Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. http://www.britannica.com/eb/article?tocId=9376486
Smith, M. D. (2004). Encyclopedia of Rape. USA: Greenwood Press.
Sedney, M., "rape (crime)." Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia. Scholastic Library Publishing, 2006 <http://gme.grolier.com> (February 1, 2006).
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