Sexual assault and intimate partner violence can happen to people of any race, class, age, appearance, gender identity, sexual orientation or other identities - to anyone. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals are subject to the full spectrum of sexual violence and are at higher risk for gender violence. LGBTQI are more likely to sexually assaulted by someone they know than someone they don't know.
Like all survivors, LGBTQI survivors often feel self-blame, shame, fear, anger, and depression. They may also be led to question their sexuality, or how it is perceived by others, especially if the assault was perpetrated as a hate crime, directed against the survivor's sexual orientation or gender identity as perceived by the perpetrator.
There are many resources available to members of the LGBTQI communities who are victims of gender violence. We are here to help. Contact the CAPE Director at 303-871-3853.
Our friends at Survivors Organizing for Liberation are a resource dedicated to building safety and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities for over 25 years.