Responding to LGBT Victims

  1. Overview
  2. Sexual Violence
  3. Responding to LGBT Victims

Your initial response should be based on the victim's self-identified needs rather than your personal opinions and/or family members' concerns.


The following are tips for effectively responding to LGBT victims (drawn from Supporting Survivors of Sexual Assault: A Journey to Justice, Health and Healing):


  1. • Address your own feelings/bias of homo/bi/transphobia.
  2. • Educate yourself; don't rely on victims for education.
  3. • Don't ask unnecessary questions about victims' sexual practices or bodies.
  4. • Maintain confidentiality; do not 'out' a person to other staff/colleagues.
  5. • Support victims and assure them that their feelings and responses are normal.
  6. • Do not assume victims' gender or sexual orientation.
  7. • Ask questions in a way that does not assume the gender of a perpetrator.
  8. • Don't make judgments or place blame on victims.

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