LGBTQ Victims/Survivors of Sexual Assault face added barrier to getting the support and services they need, including:
- Not being taken seriously or having their experience minimized.
- Not having their experience labeled as sexual assault or rape.
- Having to educate those around you who want to provide support.
- Being treated in a homophobic or transphobic manner by the criminal justice system, crisis intervention staff and/or others.
- Having their sexual orientation, gender identity or HIV status discuss or revealed without consent.
- Concern they are betraying the community by accusing another LGBTQ person of sexual assault.
- Being blamed for the assault based on their appearance or gender presentation (transgender victims especially).