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The reality hits hard – within the LGBTQ+ community, the incidence of sexual violence surpasses that of the general population. Shockingly, close to one in ten survivors of intimate partner violence within our community has endured sexual assault. Equally concerning is the likelihood that almost half of transgender and bisexual women will experience sexual violence in their lifetimes.

Our LGBTQ+ community grapples with distinct obstacles, including amplified vulnerability due to economic disparity and societal prejudices. Adding to the complexity is the unsettling reality of hate-driven violence, at times employing sexual assault as a targeted form of aggression.

Combatting Sexual Violence

To tackle this issue, our focus is on primary prevention efforts that nip it in the bud. It's about educating our community on consent and healthy relationships, fostering open communication, nurturing respect within relationships, establishing robust support networks, and advocating for comprehensive policies and awareness.

We recognize the collective responsibility to break the silence surrounding sexual violence. Together, our united front aims to create a safer environment for LGBTQ+ individuals. Let's band together, extend unwavering support, and vehemently denounce all forms of sexual violence. Our collective endeavors will pave the path to a safer and brighter future for generations to come.

Promoting Primary Prevention

Our strategy hinges on primary prevention, crucially aiming to halt sexual violence before it transpires. This involves addressing risk factors across various levels – from the individual, relationship dynamics, community networks, to societal norms.

  1. At the Individual Level: Empowering LGBTQ+ individuals with education on consent, healthy relationships, and their rights is pivotal in enabling recognition and resistance against sexual violence. LINK TO SITE RESOURCE

  2. Relationship Level: Encouraging open communication, mutual respect, and peaceful conflict resolution in relationships can create a safer relational space.

  3. Community Level: Establishing strong support networks within the LGBTQ+ community fosters a sense of belonging and helps in identifying signs of violence or abuse.

  4. Societal Level: Advocating for inclusive policies, challenging detrimental stereotypes, and amplifying awareness about sexual violence within the LGBTQ+ community are vital steps in the prevention effort.



Navigating the world of online dating can be both exciting and daunting for LGBTQ+ individuals. While these platforms offer opportunities to connect and explore relationships, ensuring safety is paramount. Protecting yourself from potential risks like sexual violence or dangerous situations is crucial. By incorporating best practices and being vigilant, you can create a safer online dating experience for yourself and others.

  • Secure Your Dating Profile: Use a unique and real email address, consider a separate email for dating, and use a free phone service to protect your phone number.

  • Watch Your Photo Background: Be cautious about revealing your location in profile pictures; use photos with neutral backgrounds.

  • Check Privacy Settings: Disable location services on the app to avoid constant tracking.

  • Avoid Over-Sharing: Refrain from disclosing personal details or intimate information too soon; keep conversations light and fun.

  • Beware of Catfishing: Suggest a video chat to confirm the person's identity; block and disengage if they refuse.

  • Set Clear Boundaries: Be upfront about your expectations and boundaries; respect is crucial.

  • Be Conscious of Your Location: Be aware of local laws and attitudes towards LGBTQ+ people, especially when dating abroad.

  • Meet in Public and Bring a Friend: Have initial dates in well-lit public places; establish a safety signal with a trusted friend.

  • Avoid Drugs and Drink Responsibly: Decline drugs offered by your date and limit alcohol consumption to stay clear-headed and safe.

  • Take It Slow: Allow time to get to know your date and make sure they align with what you're looking for before committing.



What Consent Looks Like - The laws vary by state and situation, but you don’t have to be a legal expert to understand how consent plays out in real life.

How to Respond if Someone Is Pressuring You - If someone is pressuring you to engage in sexual activity, it is important to remember that being in this situation is not your fault. Here are some strategies to try.

Safety Planning - Brainstorming ways to stay safe may help reduce the risk of future harm.

Safety Tips for Traveling - Whether you travel often or you’re getting ready for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation, it’s important to think about safety as part of your travel preparations.

Alcohol Safety - There are steps you can take to increase your safety in situations where drinking may be involved. Like any safety tips, they are not a guarantee, but they may help you feel more secure in social situations.


Serving LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence

Are you a service provider?

This 2-part webinar will provide current best practices for serving LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual violence.

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