Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre welcomes women who are lesbian or bisexual, and self identifying women. Many of the issues faced by LGBT survivors will be the same faced by other women. Sometimes LGBT survivors are told that their sexual orientation or gender identity is a direct result of the sexual violence that they have experienced. There is no evidence of a link between sexual violence and sexual orientation/gender identity.
Being raped because of your sexual orientation or gender identity is not only an act of sexual violence, but is also a hate crime and should be treated as such. Sexual violence as a form of homophobic hate crime can include so-called 'corrective rape' which aims to 'cure' women of their homosexuality/bisexuality/transgender identity. This can increase the sense of self-blame that many survivors feel, as a core part of your identity has been attacked. No one asks to be sexually assaulted, and the person who is responsible for rape is always the rapist. Workers at the Rape Crisis Centre will be able you to work through all the different feelings that you may have.
Statistically, transgender people experience sexual violence at a disproportionate rate and may find support more difficult to access. At Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre, transgender women will receive the same level of support as other female survivors, receiving a service tailored to their needs. If there is anything that we need to do to help you to feel safe and supported in the Rape Crisis Centre, please let us know and we will try to make it happen.
Many LGBT people may be reluctant to report because of a fear of being discriminated against. The police have a duty under the Equality Act to not discriminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity, and if you feel that you have been discriminated against then you have the right to make a complaint.
A worker at Rape Crisis can support you through the process of reporting if you feel this would be helpful to you. You could also make a third party report through the Rape Crisis Centre or another agency, such as LGBT Youth or Gay Men’s Health. This means that you can anonymously pass on details about what happened to the police, and help them to gather information.
There are services that offer support to men who have experienced sexual violence, the details of which are below.
Archway: the sexual assault referral centre, where support is offered to male and female survivors of recent sexual violence. 0141 211 8175
Thrive: a counselling service for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse in Glasgow: 0141 211 8133
Rape Crisis Scotland: helpline for male and female survivors: 08088 01 03 02
Gay Men's Health: provides a counselling service to gay or bisexual men around any issue: 0141 552 0112
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