April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, which is a time for people of all genders to receive support––and for those who haven’t experienced sexual assault to educate themselves on ways to make a difference. Here are some trans/non-binary/intersex/two-spirit affirming resources for those who are survivors of sexual violence.
- BEAM’s Community Resources page
- Fenway Health’s Violence Recovery Program now operates a call center from Monday through Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM: 617.927.6250
- Molasses aims to create both community and opportunity for black trans and gender-variant people and queer people of color through cultural work, coalition-building, and linkage to (self)care.
- National Center for Transgender Equality’s Survivors of Violence Resource page
- Online Self Defense Resources from Pop Gym
- The Connecticut Alliance To End Sexual Violence’s LGBTQIA Resources page has a list of CT specific LGBTQIA organizations as well as documentaries, information on joining the Queer Caucus Against Sexual Assault, recommended books, and more.
- The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) has a breakdown on violence against LGBT folks as well as whether or not this violence can be a “hate crime”, knowing the abuser well, childhood violence, and more–as well as hotlines for assistance.
- THORN is a Chicago-based program that sends self defense kits to BIPOC trans folks with a prioritization on trans women, sex workers, and disabled people. Read their Self Defense Guide and reserve a kit here.
- Tips for When Staying Home isn’t the Safest Plan by the Anti-Violence Project
Books, Articles, & Essays
- Cruising in the Age of Consent: Gay men once developed codes to ensure safety in the hunt for sex. Can they help #MeToo do the same? By Spencer Kornhaber
- Meet the Organizers Offering Self-Defense Tools and Training to the Trans Community by Eva Reign
- Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture. Edited and with an Introduction by Roxane Gay is an anthology that faces the issues of rape, harassment, and assault head-on. Not sure if the book is for you? Yes, It Is ‘That Bad’: Why Victims’ Stories Matter by Amy Carelton makes a great argument that it could be.
- Queer and trans-affirming and centering, trauma-experienced herbalist and breath work facilitator, Jennifer Patterson edited Queering Sexual Violence – Radical Voices from Within the Anti-Violence Movement which published in 2016. This anthology, with a foreword by Tourmaline, is multi-gendered, multi-racial and multi-layered – giving us all of the perspectives we could possibly imagine when it comes to being on the other side of violence.
- Sexual Assault Awareness Month: You Are Not Alone by Guest Contributor, HRC (video of essay read aloud provided)
- Supporting Queer Survivors of Sexual Violence, Inside Higher ED.
- The Washington Coalition of Sexual Assault Programs has this great ‘The Advocacy Station: Supporting Survivior Sexualitites’ resource was designed to increase advocates’ skills and comfort level when talking to survivors about sex.
Submit any useful trans/non-binary/intersex/two-spirit Sexual Assault Awareness Month resource links that we may have missed here.
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