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Sexual Violence & Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ Information Packet


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Sexual violence & individuals who identify as LGBTQ is an information packet containing nearly a dozen resources focused on serving, engaging, and collaborating with individuals and communities who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ).  The packet contains resources to support counselors, advocates, preventionists, technical assistance providers, and allied professionals committed to affirming all individuals and communities. The goals of this packet it to provide resources that will both strengthen work already being done, as well as assist organizations in discovering a place to begin program development.

This packet includes an Annotated Bibliography, a Research Brief, a Resource List, and guides on Talking about Gender & Sexuality, Creating Inclusive Agencies, the Process of Coming Out, the Impact of Discrimination, Hate & Bias-Motivated Crimes, the Impact on Individuals & Communities, Sexual Harassment & Bullying of Youth, and Transformative Prevention Programming.


A brochure for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ Community

Download the brochure (pdf)

Sexual violence violates a person’s trust, autonomy and safety. Sexual assault occurs when one person does not give consent.

A sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, geography, ability, appearance, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

This brochure provides facts, frequently asked questions, and resources for support for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning who have experienced sexual violence.

Please contact PCAR’s Training and Technical Assistance Team for printed copies of the brochure.

Creating Inclusive and Healing Communities for Those Who Identify as LGBTQ

This one hour webinar provides basic information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) communities, words and language for productive discussions, and some background on the coming out process.  Specific focus is on counseling techniques and prevention education tips for rape crisis center advocates and educators.  Handouts for download include community and online resources and a PDF of sample outreach material.  Feel free to contact PCAR’s Training and Technical Assistance Team should you have any questions.



Handouts (pdfs):
LGBT Community Agencies (pdf)
Frequently Asked Questions about LGBTQ Language (pdf)



Understanding the Transgendered Community

Download the Understanding the Transgendered Community PDF.

Those who are transgender often face misunderstanding, discrimination, harassment, and assault.  The above resource will highlight both social misconceptions as well as sexual violence upon the transgender community.  

PCAR's LGBTQ Center Survey Results

Download the LGBTQ Assessment Results Summary PDF

PCAR's LGBTQ Workgroup surveyed the 50 rape crisis centers of Pennsylvania for their efforts to outreach to the LGBTQ community as well as internal capacity needs.  Featured here are those survey results.

Sexual Violence in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex or Queer Communities (LGBTIQ)

The select resources and research in this special collection illustrates the LGBTIQ communities’ experiences with sexual violence within the US. Resources especially relevant to these individuals, as well as straight allies and professionals, address the issue of sexual violence in LGBTIQ communities, relationships, and the impact on society.

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Equality Pennsylvania

LGBT Community Center Coalition/Common Roads

Central Pennsylvania’s Womyn’s Chorus

National Resources

National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

Family Equality Council

The Trevor Project:  24 Hour Hotline for Youth

Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation

Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund

Immigration Equality

The Lesbian Herstory Archives

The P.E.R.S.O.N. Project



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