Guides for Survivors

Three guides will become available in 2015, specifically for survivors and loved ones who have experienced sexual abuse or assault.

  1. A Self-Help Guide for Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors will be a substantial document that will include information about the prevalence of sexual violence against transgender/gender non-conforming individuals; list common long- and short-term responses to trauma; address the question of whether there is a relationship between sexual assault and gender identity issues; discuss issues associated with WPATH Standards of Care and Informed Consent models as they relate to sexual assault survivors and how their gender identity issues are assessed; describe the typical set of services available to sexual violence survivors in their own communities, including how transgender survivors can advocate for their inclusion and/or respectful treatment within such services; provide recommended reading and resource lists of self-help books, websites, and listservs, with annotations describing how well they address transgender survivors and SOFFAs and their issues; and give quotations from other transgender sexual violence survivors.
  2. A Guide for SOFFAs of Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors will include similar content and sections from the Self-Help Guide for Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors, supplemented with discussions of how secondary survivors are impacted by a loved one’s sexual abuse/assault; advice on self-care and finding support for secondary survivors; and tips on supporting a primary survivor.  Quotes from other SOFFA secondary survivors will be featured throughout.
  3. A Guide for Finding a Trans-Savvy Sexual Violence Therapist will point users toward internet-based directories of therapists specializing in working with transgender clients and/or sexual violence survivors; offer tips and an interview guide potential clients can use to evaluate a given therapist’s approach and potential fit; briefly describe major trauma treatment modalities; and review issues associated with potential conflicts of providers who follow WPATH Standards of Care and the needs of survivors who also need to focus on healing from sexual abuse/assault.