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Sexual violence in transgender communities

May 17, 2013 @ 3:20 pm - 4:50 pm

@ National Transgender Health Summit (Oakland, CA)


Over the past decade, FORGE and other researchers have begun to document not only the very high rate at which transgender and gender non-conforming people have experienced sexual violence – more than 50%– but also how survivors are coping with their traumas, and how they approach (or not) victim services agencies and allied professionals.  Data from three national research studies conducted by FORGE in 2011 and 2004 will be presented.  Content will include 1. reported experiences and challenges transgender sexual violence survivors face, including short- and long-term physical and mental health consequences, treatment experiences and preferences (n=265);  2. transgender respondents’ knowledge of and willingness to access multiple types of mainstream victim services following sexual assault or domestic violence, barriers experienced in accessing care (n=1005);  3. sexual violence service agencies’  strengths and weaknesses in effectively serving transgender sexual violence survivors, common barriers faced, and factors that may inhibit transgender survivors from seeking services at their agency (n=310).  FORGE has multiple grants with the Office on Violence Against Women, serving as a national training and technical assistance provider on transgender survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, stalking, and dating violence.  We also provide direct services, nationwide, to transgender sexual violence survivors.   Research findings will be present interactively to solidify the retention of data and the implications for transgender survivors and for health care professionals, therapists, other allied service providers, and transgender organizers who serve transgender and gender non-conforming individuals/survivors.

Presenter: Loree Cook-Daniels


May 17, 2013
3:20 pm - 4:50 pm
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