Self Help Guide for Trans Survivors of Violence

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Loree Cook-Daniels, Policy and Program Director
FORGE „ PO Box 1272 „ Milwaukee, WI 53201 „ 414-559-2123


September 24, 2015

Transgender survivors of sexual assault – who make up approximately half of the trans community – face unique healing issues. To help meet those unique needs, FORGE is proud to announce the publication of “Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors: A Self-Help Guide to Healing and Understanding,” available today! You can view or download your copy at

This 132-page document is densely packed with information specifically for transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary survivors of sexual violence.

In a reader-friendly format, the guide covers substantial territory, presenting readers with core information about the impact of trauma and its aftermath, as well as providing resource information on options for healing, and self-help techniques on a wide range of topics that often affect survivors. A section of the guide is devoted to the unique intersections that trans survivors face which often lead to challenges in accessing services and delays in healing.

Three appendices provide information 1) For trans people who have just been assaulted; 2) Tools for assessing if your current relationship might be abusive, and 3. new federal non-discrimination protections for trans people.

The Self Help Guide for Trans Survivors of Violence is the second of four guides to be issued this year. The first Guide, “Let’s Talk about It! A Transgender Survivor’s Guide to Accessing Therapy, released in May 2015, is available at The additional two guides, “A Guide for Partners and Loved Ones of Trans Sexual Violence Survivors,” and “A Guide for Support Group Facilitators” will be issued this fall.

FORGE, headquartered in Milwaukee, is a national, 21-year-old organization committed to improving the lives of transgender individuals and loved ones by building strong connections, providing resources, and empowering personal growth. It has focused specifically on transgender, gender non-conforming, and gender non-binary survivors of sexual assault since 2004, and has been funded by the Office on Violence Against Women since 2009. For more information on its services, publications, or projects, please consult



This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-KS-AX-0006 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this program are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.