Improving Care for TGNC Survivors of Sexual Assault
Howard Brown Health’s in.power* program is the first comprehensive LGBTQ+ sexual assault survivor program in the nation. The LGBTQ+ community often experiences the highest rates of sexual assault. While the CDC (2010) estimates that than 1 in 6 heterosexual-women will experience rape, 2 in 3 TGNC people will experience at least one sexual assault (National Transgender Discrimination Survey, 2011). Moreover, LGBTQ+ survivors seeking medical/legal aid often experience discrimination/denial of care. In fact, Lambda Legal (2010) reported that 70% of TGNC patients experienced discrimination/barriers when accessing medical care and 8% reported denial of care based on their gender identity. This presentation will cover the medical, psychological, and social impact sexual assault has on TGNC patients. Ways that discrimination, transphobia, and racism culminate to perpetuate the erasure of TGNC sexual assault survivors will be discussed. Finally, the in.power* team of case managers will share best practices for working with TGNC identified survivors.