This is the second part of the webinar series on Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Violence. While the first installment provided an understanding of the LGBTQ+ population and LGBTQ+ concepts and nuances, this session focuses on the issues that the LGBTQ+ population face – in society in general, as well as in seeking help from service providers, and what can be done to serve and support them better.
Leading this webinar is Marli Mayon, the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator with the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence. She’s worked in the anti-violence movement since 2017 where she’s learned the challenges and oppressions experienced by communities pushed to the margins.
Marli’s discussion covered:
- Understanding of intersectionality and how this influences each individual’s experience.
- The concepts of heterosexism and cissexism where sex assigned at birth aligning to one’s recognized gender, heterosexuality, and opposite-gender relationships are the presumed norms.
- The most common LGBTQ+ stereotypes relating to their identities and sexuality.
- Harmful myths and misconceptions that are hurled upon members of the LGBTQ+ population.
- The experiences that the LGBTQ+ community is exposed to which brought about trauma and minority stress.
- Bullying, harassment, sexual violence, homelessness, and trafficking reported among LGBTQ+ youth.
- Violence that continues throughout LGBTQ+ adults’ lives in the form of hate crimes, microaggressions, and misgendering.
- Antagonistic interaction with law enforcement which can be historically traced to the Stonewall riots.
- Greater risk for chronic illnesses, mental health issues, and substance abuse due to unsatisfactory experience with or inability to access quality health care providers and insurance.
- Poverty and discrimination of LGBT elders due to systemic limits hindering them from accessing benefits and elder care facilities.
- A rundown of the barriers to reporting incidents of sexual violence which are mostly rooted in fear and shame.
- Factors preventing LGBTQ+ people from accessing services due to bad past experiences, fear, inaccessibility, and lack of inclusivity.
- Myths and assumptions that service providers might have that prevent them from better serving LGBTQ+ survivors.
- Making services more accessible to LGBTQ+ survivors by employing changes in:
- Mindset to establish respect for LGBTQ+ people’s identities.
- Language to promote inclusivity and eliminate judgment and discrimination.
- Signage, art, and resources that demonstrate diversity and inclusivity.
- Conversations and paperwork that recognizes LGBTQ+ people’s identities and communicate inclusivity.
- Policies that emphasize disdain for bias and discrimination.
- Supplies that provide what survivor needs catering to people of all genders.
- Relationship with the community to raise awareness on the services available for LGBTQ+ individuals.
- Considerations to ensure LGBTQ+ friendly options, respect, and inclusivity in safety planning, resource referrals, sex-segregated services, and working with LGBTQ youth.
- Specific forensic nursing and law enforcement considerations and accommodations that takes into account the nuances of working with the LGBTQ+ population.
Points raised during the Q&A were on:
- Building rapport and trust with an LGBTQ+ person who may not be comfortable disclosing their identity and pronouns used.
- Setting expectations and maintaining respect when observing drug testing.
- Trainings available for forensic medical providers to better serve transgender victims and survivors.
- Managing an individual who had less than ideal history or experience with an agency.
- Efforts to reduce bullying of LGBTQ+ youth in schools.
Other Webinars with this Presenter
- Oct 14: Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Violence Part 1
- Dec 9: Working with LGBTQ+ Survivors of Sexual Violence Part 2 (this webinar)
Resources and Handouts
- “The speaker provided specific and practical tips for how to speak respectfully to LGBTQ clients in various scenarios.”– Victoria
- “Info was very useful and easy to understand.” — Verta
- “I learned many new terms that I have not heard of before. It was interesting to be informed on these topics in order to best serve clients and members of the community.” — Sydney
- “I like that it built on what was discussed in the initial training.” — Cheryl
- “Great resources and statistics! Marli was a wonderful speaker, very important topic today. We appreciate her knowledge and expertise on the subject of LGBTQ+ survivors and victims of sexual assault. I only wish more people can accept, understand, love, and respect those in the LGBTQ+ communities. Thank you, Marli! And thank you Justice Clearinghouse for sharing this platform with us.” — Nicole
- “I liked gaining ideas of better ways to speak to people in the trans community. I feel much more prepared to have a conversation with someone now than I did before this webinar. I would actually like to learn more about working with a trans individual who is on supervision (probation or parole), as I do work with them a lot more than I work with the victims they have impacted.” — Katelyn
- “It helped me see how much the consideration of LGBTQIAA+ clients also needs to broaden to be inclusive of all staff as well, and how much education is needed among all to be respectful to each other no matter what one’s orientation, identity, or situation and background happens to be. Good information also on the forensic physical differences that can unintentionally lead to physical harm during an examination….though, in Corrections, all such exams would be performed in a hospital, we need to vet those.”– Mary
This webinar was pre-approved for 1 CEU credit by the National Advocate Credentialing Program (NACP)® and the DoD Sexual Assault Advocate Certification Program (D-SAACP). Founded in 1975, the National Organization for Victim Assistance (NOVA) is the oldest national victim assistance organization of its type in the United States and is the recognized leader in victim advocacy, education and credentialing. To learn more about NOVA, visit trynova.org.