In addition to the complex thoughts and feelings common to many survivors of sexual assault, members of the GLBT community may have special concerns.
- The sexual assault may have happened as part of a hate crime if you were targeted because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.
- If you have experienced intolerance, hate, or other violence at an earlier time in your life, a sexual assault can add to the pain of the past.
- You may be worried that the assault will "out" you if you talk about it or report to the police. You may feel like people who are supposed to help you will judge you instead.
- You may fear you’ll be seen as a traitor to your community if the perpetrator is also part of the community.
- You may fear that if you reach out for help, you will be rejected or misunderstood, which will make the hurt worse.
No one deserves to be sexually assaulted. Call us. We can help.