Sexual abuse reported by members of the LGBT+ community is equally as valid as any other sexual abuse. It is often more common, due to homophobic and transphobic hate crimes, which due to their nature, often go unreported.
Do not be ashamed of what has happened to you, it is not your fault.
It can be helpful to seek support from other survivors in the LGBT+ community. This can be arranged; fellow survivors can offer understanding, and may be one source for a space of acceptance as you come to terms with your unique experience. Sadly, anti-LGBT+ sexual hate crimes are common, particularly against trans people. Indeed some 50% of trans people experience sexual violence. These are, of course, shockingly high figures and it is important to understand the legal structures that you may wish to access if you decide to report your sexual assault.
The police and the Crown Prosecution Service have specific guidelines dictating how sexual crimes must be addressed. Under these guidelines, everyone is deserving of equal rights and protections, regardless of sexuality or gender. The law recognises ALL abuses of a sexual nature as equally important, and the police are instructed accordingly. There are LGBT+ liaison officers in all police boroughs who can offer you extra support and advice.
** You will NOT be outed by the police in the judicial process**
** It is not NOT legally acceptable for you to be treated differently in a court of law because of your sexuality or gender**
If you still feel uncomfortable about contacting law enforcement services, you can report assaults anonymously online using this form, Galop will only involve the police if you wish.
Alternatively, contact Galop on 020 7704 2040, they can advise you on interactions with the police.
Amongst the trans community, abuse is particularly common. It is important that you do NOT blame yourself for what you have undergone. No one deserves sexual abuse, and it is illegal for the police to treat you any differently because you are trans if you decide to report it.
Following a sexual assault, internalised feelings of guilt, shame or disgust may manifest themselves. It is crucial that you remember that your assault is not your fault. It is also important to find a safe and supportive environment with people that you trust. Remember that there are plenty of people who would, will and do accept you and your identity. You are worthy.
There are many resources available which offer help support to members of the LGBT+ community