Creating TGNC-Specific Survivor Resources and Programming
In order to address the complex problem of sexual violence against the LGBTQ community, Howard Brown launched the first holistic LGBTQ-specific sexual assault response program in the nation: in.power* The Sexual Harm Response Project. in.power* is devoted to taking a three-pronged approach to this public health and societal crisis: direct services, training and education, and community outreach/accountability.
An informal needs assessment in early 2016 revealed that, over a six-month period, 57% of Howard Brown patients who disclosed sexual assault refused hospital care and 77% declined a complete medical exam. Patients endorsed many reasons why they refused; a frequent theme that emerged was a mistrust and fear of hospital systems. Existing sexual assault protocols and hospital systems operate off a heteronormative and cis-centric conceptualization of sexual violence.
This workshop aims to offer participants the opportunity to learn about the process of strategic development for TGNC-specific survivor advocacy and better understand the systems-based approach to building capacity for this population within your organization. Additionally, we will discuss our collaboration with elected officials in Illinois to create legislation that centers queer and TGNC survivor experience. This workshop is intended for administrators, executive leadership, and managers.