Sexual Assault Survivors Attorneys Serving the LGBTQ Community
According to the Human Rights Campaign, while sexual violence affects every demographic—and each and every community—the LBGTQ community may be targets of sexual assault at similar or even higher rates than heterosexuals. In fact, approximately one out of every ten lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals who have experienced domestic violence from a partner have also experienced a sexual assault from the same partner. Sadly sexual violence will strike as many as half of all transgender and bisexual women in the United States during their lifetime.
A survey done by the CDC broke the numbers down even further:
- While a little more than a third of heterosexual women will experience stalking, physical violence and/or rape by a partner, that number increases to 44 percent for lesbians and 61 percent for bisexual women.
- A total of 22 percent of bisexual women have suffered a rape at the hands of their intimate partner. This number is nearly three times as high as the number of female heterosexuals who have suffered a rape at the hands of their intimate partner (9 percent)
- Men are not exempt from sexual assaults and sexual violence; About 37 percent of bisexual men and 26 percent of gay men have been the victim of an intimate partner stalking, physical violence or rape.
Individuals who are transgender and bisexual women are by far those individuals who suffer the most sexual violence. This sexual violence often begins early, even during childhood. About half of the bisexual women who survive a rape, are likely to have been the victim of their first rape between the ages of 11 and 17. Just as tragically, one out of every five transgender individuals who spent time in prison, jail or juvenile detention suffered a sexual assault by a staff member.
About 17 percent of transgender individuals who stayed in a homeless shelter at least once over the past twelve months were also sexually assaulted simply because they were transgender. Those who have suffered a sexual assault because of their sexual orientation should contact the Colorado Anti-Violence Program or the Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Contact Our Experienced Denver Sexual Assault Victim Attorneys
If you have been the victim of sexual assault and you are part of the LGBTQ community, we can help. Our Denver sexual assault survivors attorneys believe in victim rights and we understand that LGBTQ assault victims may have special needs and concerns. To learn more about your legal rights, contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.