Guides for Survivors

FORGE has published four guides specifically to address the needs of transgender and non-binary individuals who have experienced sexual abuse or assault; loved ones of trans survivors; and facilitators of trans support groups.

  1. Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors: A Self-Help Guide to Healing and Understanding is a substantial document that includes information about the prevalence of sexual violence against transgender/gender nonconforming individuals; lists common long­ and short­-term responses to trauma; addresses the question of whether there is a relationship between sexual assault and gender identity issues; discusses 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; describes 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; provides 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 gives quotations from other transgender sexual violence survivors.
  2. A Guide for Partners and Friends of Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors covers similar content as the Self-Help Guide, 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 partners and friends of trans and non-binary secondary survivors are featured throughout.
  3. Let’s Talk About It: A Transgender Survivor’s Guide to Accessing Therapy points users toward internet-­based directories of therapists specializing in working with transgender clients and/or sexual violence survivors; offers tips and an interview guide potential clients can use to evaluate a given therapist’s approach and potential fit; briefly describes major trauma treatment modalities; and reviews 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.
  4. A Guide for Facilitators of Transgender Community Groups: Supporting Sexual Violence Survivors is designed to help group facilitators recognize and appropriately address the types of behaviors and concerns trans and non-binary survivors may bring to support groups. Contents include: trauma and its aftermaths; what we know about trans and non-binary survivors of sexual violence; options for healing; meeting planning and preparation; and meeting skills and strategies. Includes appendices addressing safety planning, rights to obtain services, and an emergency standard operating procedures planning tool to use with people who can use more support in coping with emotional crises.