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Serving Trans Survivors: A 101 Training for Advocates

January 27, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

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Watch the recording of this webinar,

originally presented on 1/27/16 at the link below:




This fast-paced webinar is designed to assist sexual assault service providers in better serving transgender survivors. Many providers are committed to serving transgender clients, but seek additional information in order to provide more competent and sensitive services. This webinar will primarily focus on basic transgender concepts, but will include references and examples specific to sexual assault service providers.

The components covered will include: 1) discussing the diversity under the “transgender umbrella”; 2) exploring social, medical, legal, and other options transgender people may pursue; 3) stimulating thought about which components of a transgender person’s life might (or might not be) relevant to the role service providers play; and 4) disseminating resources to support transgender survivors and the professionals who serve them. Polls and ample time for questions and answers will help solidify materials learned.

Workshop Objectives:

As a result of this training participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the “terms paradox” and its relevance to working with transgender victims of crime.
  2. Identify at least three components of being “transgender” that they do NOT need to ask of a transgender victim in order to properly serve the victim (within their specific professional role)
  3. Identify at least two questions they need to ask of any transgender victim of crime.
  4. Be able to articulate at least one way people may respond when they are asked to choose an identity box that doesn’t fit them.


michael munson

michael munson is the co-founder and Executive Director of FORGE, an organization focused on improving the lives of transgender individuals by building stronger connections, providing resources, and empowering growth through knowledge. His educational background is in psychology, with an emphasis in trauma. Munson’s work on violence against transgender and gender non-conforming individuals is groundbreaking, stressing the intersectionality between complex components of identity, experience, and societal constructs that can both spur violence, as well as catalyze healing for individuals and communities. He is passionate about engaging professionals to embrace these complexities and learn key skills to better serve their clients/constituents.

Training Hours and Credits:

This training will count as 1.5 hours ongoing sexual assault training for OCVA sexual assault grantees.


WCSAP makes every effort to ensure accessibility for participants that request them. Please register about 3 weeks before the event to allow time for scheduling interpreters.

For More Information:

Email jen [at] wcsap [dot] org or call (360) 754-7583.


January 27, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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