How you can help: The BARCC hotline counselors can help direct you to providers who are GLBT positive. You can offer to check out the skills, training, and experience of providers the survivor is considering.
How you can help: Help your friend or family member decide who to tell (and not to tell) about the assault. Choose people you think will be compassionate, supportive, and trustworthy. If the survivor is male it may be helpful for you to read about the specific concerns male survivors face.
How you can help: Be sure to ask the survivor's permission before sharing any information that has been entrusted to you. Suggest that the survivor speak to someone in BARCC's legal advocacy program if they are thinking about reporting the incident to the police and have concerns about their privacy.
How you can help: Understand that most sexual assault happens in the same racial, religious, family, or cultural group. This is common, and it is one of the reasons it is so hard to disclose sexual violence. Members of the community may have mixed feelings if the perpetrator is someone they also care about. In communities that are marginalized for any reason there can be extra pressure (by the survivor themselves or by the community) to keep quiet so that any stereotypes or stigma that may be associated with that community is not spotlighted.
How you can help: Perpetrators often try to exploit a victim's vulnerability and make the victim feel in some way responsible for the sexual abuse or assault. Tell your friend or family member that nothing can justify sexual violence.
How you can help: Understand that prior trauma is not uncommon and help the survivor anticipate challenges or issues that may resurface during times of stress.
More resources for GLBT survivors.
BARCC offers counseling services especially for members of the GLBT community and their supporters. We can also refer your friend or family member to other professionals with expertise that fits their needs.
At BARCC, all survivors are treated with respect and understanding.