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Transgender Bodies/Psyches (NSAC)

August 29, 2013 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Medically Navigating (and advocating for) Trans Survivors


Navigating medical services and advocacy with transgender survivors may be uncharted territory for forensic nurses and advocates. Through expanding transgender conceptual frameworks, experiential workshop content will focus on trans-specific barriers, body geography and disconnect(s), with an emphasis on facilitating empowerment-based choices for trans survivors. Participants will leave with practical tools for improving services to transgender survivors.


1. Name at least two important principles that should guide all work with trans sexual assault survivors
2. List three possible differences of transgender bodies vs. non-transgender bodies
3. Identify at least one way to empower transgender survivors in making positive choices in their post-assault care that encourages respect of their own body
4. State where they can get more information, technical assistance, or support around trans SA survivors

Intended Audience:

Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and advocates who may accompany survivors to medical/forensic exams. Therapists who may talk about body- and gender-related issues with transgender survivors and loved ones.

More details:

Many sexual assault nurse examiners and other medical providers are eager to sensitively serve transgender sexual assault survivors. Most have not had access to any transgender specific training related to sexual assault and forensic exams, or other medical care post-assault.

FORGE is frequently asked by providers about the “nitty-gritty” of “How do I ask ___ question?” or “What do I say?” This workshop is designed to answer the detailed questions providers have in working with transgender bodies, specifically post-sexual assault.

Most providers working with transgender survivors will not need to know the specifics about trans bodies, since these questions are generally inappropriate and not relevant to providing care. However, sexual assault nurse examiners, physicians and other medical providers, and advocates who are supporting transgender survivors through medical settings, often do need to know specific information about transgender bodies.

We will review some of the common questions that providers may need to know, including covering the following questions: How do trans people modify their body presentation through surgery or other means, and are there implications of these methods for medical examinations? Are there increased risks or vulnerabilities with trans bodies (due to hormones, surgery, lack of use, prior abuse)? What language do trans people use for their genitals and other gender-linked body characteristics? What are some specific reactions trans people may have to having their genitals or other gendered body parts exposed and/or violated during and after SA assaults? How do hormones impact anatomy (genital shape, skin/vaginal/anal elasticity, pregnancy potential)? What body parts do trans people considered “gendered”?

Using a combination of didactic presentation with extensive use of interactive exercises (specifically role plays and case studies), we will identify primary guiding principles for working with trans SA survivors, principles that should help any professional better serve transgender survivors. Based on these principles, we will then practice and work on improving specific linguistic and physical approaches SANE nurses, advocates, and therapists can use in their specific professional roles.


michael munson


August 29, 2013
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Loews Hollywood Hotel
Los Angeles, CA United States