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Serving Trans Survivors: A 101 for Advocates

February 4, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm


Serving Trans Survivors_ A 101 for Advocates Webinar

[Note: This webinar is a repeat of Serving Trans Survivors: A 101 for Advocates presented on January 27, 2016.  Please feel free to join us again, or for the first time!]

[Note: This webinar will be closed captioned and updated within a week of the initial recording.]


This fast-paced webinar is designed to assist sexual assault advocates and other victim 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 content specifically geared towards advocates. Many references will also be provided on where you can learn more about basic transgender topics, as well as more in depth information on the intersection of trans survivors and sexual assault.

Components will include discussion on:

  1. The expansive diversity of the transgender community;
  2. Exploring social, medical, legal and other options trans people may pursue;
  3. Common barriers that trans people face when considering or attempting to access sexual assault-related services,
  4. Resources on where to access more information on transgender survivors and how to provide more sensitive and respectful services; and
  5. Practical action items you can start implementing today!


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.



February 4, 2016
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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