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Gender-based violence (sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment) can impact anyone regardless of age, race, gender, class, sexual orientation, ability status, strength, etc. However, LGBTQIA folks often have several special considerations when coping with gender-based violence.


It is estimated that 24-33% of LGBTQIA relationships include some form of abuse, and that bisexual women experience higher rates of sexual assault by an intimate partner when compared to straight women.

It is reported that 73% of LGBTQIA college students experience sexual harassment or abuse, with more than 6% changing their school or major as a result. 40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men experience sexual assault in their lifetime.

Research estimates that up to 50% trans individuals have experienced sexual violence, with that rate found to be higher for trans people of color, individuals living with disabilities, and those involved in sex work.  

challenges to reporting & seeking support

LGBTQIA folks may face several challenges to reporting or seeking support, including:
  • Fear of being outed
  • Fear of outing their offender
  • Not seeing law enforcement, courts, services providers, etc as reflective or supportive of their community
  • Body image and discomfort
  • Fear of discrimination or mistreatment
  • Potential in-group consequences

campus and community resources

Confidential DU Resources:

  • CAPE (Center for Advocacy, Prevention, and Empowerment) provides free and confidential advocacy and support to survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and harassment.
        o Daytime Advocacy: 303-871-3853
        o After-Hours Counselor on Call: 303-871-2205
        o Email: [email protected]
        o Address: 1981 S University Blvd., Denver, CO 80210
  • Health and Counseling Center provides confidential medical and mental health services.
        o Phone: 303-871-2205
        o Counselor on Call: 303-871-2205
        o Email: [email protected]

Non-Confidential DU Resources:

Community/National-Based Resources:



To learn more, or to connect with an advocate,
contact the Coordinator of CAPE Advocacy Services, Kayla Ham,
at 303-871-3853 or [email protected].