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The violent acts of sexual assault and rape can happen to anyone of any class, race, age, sex, or gender. Sexual assault and rape are issues of serious concern for those who are LGBTQ. Through physical, psychological or emotional coercion, unwanted sexual contact including forced sexual intercourse can occur in a variety of situations, including intimate partner relationships. LGBTQ persons can also experience anti-gay sexual assault by homophobic heterosexual perpetrators who use sexual violence as a way of "punishing" them for their sexual orientation. These acts of sexual violence are known as "hate crimes."
And, just as with those in the "straight" population, many LGBTQ sexual assaults go unreported. Victims often hesitate to report the sexual assault or rape to the police or get help for fear of homophobic ridicule or exposure of their sexuality. Many LGBTQ sexual assault victims also experience overwhelming feelings of shame and isolation—that they somehow caused the assault--particularly if the assault was a part of a hate crime.
Similarities of LGBTQ and Opposite-Sex/Heterosexual SA
Unique Characteristics of LGBTQ/Same -Sex SA
To Support Someone Who is a Victim
If You Are a Victim of Sexual Assault
LGBTQ individuals are at times reluctant to report sexual assault to the authorities-the police, healthcare providers, the courts-- for fear that they will be "outed" by the process, or experience a lack of competent issue-sensitive help and support, or homophobia. For many gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered people, these fears are real and not to be downplayed or ignored.
Please know that if you are uncomfortable disclosing your sexuality and/or afraid of a hostile response that there is confidential and LGBTQ-aware help and support available.
GLBT National Hotline, 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
RAINN. The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.HOPE and the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline at rainn.org, and publicizes the hotline's free, confidential services; educates the public about sexual assault; and leads national efforts to prevent sexual assault, improve services to victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
LAMBDA GLBT Community Services. LAMBDA is a non-profit, gay / lesbian / bisexual / transgender agency dedicated to reducing homophobia, inequality, hate crimes, and discrimination by encouraging self-acceptance, cooperation, and non-violence.
Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project. The Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project is a grassroots, non-profit organization founded by a gay male survivor of domestic violence and developed through the strength, contributions and participation of the community.
National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. NCAVP seeks to address the pervasive problem of violence committed against and within the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive communities.
GLBT National Help Center. The GLBT National Help Center is organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and those questioning their sexual orientation and gender identity.
State & Local
Dakota OutRight. Dakota Outright creates opportunity for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender North Dakotans and their families through leadership in service, development, education, advocacy and action.
University of North Dakota Ten Percent Society: Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Ally Community.A student-run, community-based organization open to people of all sexual orientations, whose primary goal is to provide a safe, respectful and supportive environment for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Students, Faculty, Staff & Members of the greater Grand Forks community.
Pride Collective and Community Center. Working to create a sense of community and promote education and social activities aimed at furthering the social, emotional, and physical well-being and development of the GLBT community in the Red River Valley.
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). PFLAG is a non-profit, tax exempt organization of parents, families, and friends of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered persons.
Central Dakota PFLAG
Post Office Box 2491
Bismarck, ND 58502-2491
PFLAG Grand Forks
Grand Forks, ND 58201
Uni Med South
600 17th Ave., SE
Minot, ND 58701