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Pride Month at The Center

In the YouTube Video, Trans Women Open Up About Their #MeToo Sexual Assault Experiences, Jari states, “Realizing that the ability to campaign, the ability to march in the street, the ability to scream out loud and tell your story is a privilege. With that privilege, you can tell your story, and you can also uplift stories.”

Here at The Center, we are motivated to create a world that is free from sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking. This has always and will always include the violence that the LGBTQ+ community faces.

The LGBTQ+ community is a vulnerable population because they face hate-motivated violence, hypersexualization, and higher rates of poverty, stigma, and marginalization.

The rate at which the LGBTQ+ community faces violence and the way that it presents itself is not the same as the heterosexual and cisgender community. Oftentimes, they face higher rates of sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Here are some statistics from the CDC:

  • Approximately 1 in 5 bisexual women (22%) and nearly 1 in 10 heterosexual women (9%) have been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime

  • Four in 10 gay men (40%), nearly half of bisexual men (47%), and 1 in 5 heterosexual men (21%)

  • Approximately 1 in 8 lesbian women (13%), nearly half of bisexual women (46%), and 1 in 6 heterosexual women (17%) have been raped in their lifetime.

  • Twenty-six percent of gay men, 37% of bisexual men, and 29% of heterosexual men have experienced SV other than rape in their lifetime.

  • Approximately 1 in 8 men experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.

  • Forty-four percent of lesbian women, 61% of bisexual women, and 35% of heterosexual women experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

The Human Rights Campaign states, “This epidemic of sexual violence in the LGBTQ community is something we must all work together to address.“ Here at the Center, we offer free services for everyone. This includes 1 on 1 counseling, group counseling, our crisis hotline, and community education events. We believe that through our services we can help individuals, and create social change within the broader community.

If you would like to volunteer with the Center and help us with our mission to create a safer world click here to learn more information. If you are interested in our services call our office at 757-599-9844.

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