White House launches LGBT-inclusive sexual assault resources

As Sexual Assault Awareness Month came to a close, the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault has created and compiled resources for young adults---and they're LGBT inclusive.

Notalone.gov was launched on Tuesday to help connect students, schools, and advocates with resources for preventing and responding to sexual violence on school environments.

The website provides a crisis service locater; information on survivors' and students' rights, and how to file a complaint; and a school-by-school enforcement map.

Additionally, under the site's "Resources" tab is a section dedicated to LGBT survivors. According to the page:

  • 13.2% of bisexual men and 11.6% of gay men were raped in adulthood, compared to 1.6% of heterosexual men
  • 46% of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 13% of lesbians and 17% of heterosexual women
  • More than 25% of transgender individuals had been sexually assaulted after the age of 13

Provided below these statistics are information about the Trevor Project Helpline, Forge, the Northwest Network, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs, LGBTQ health, Health Resources and Services Administration, top health issues for LGBT populations information and resource kit, Native Youth Sexual Health Network, and CenterLink.

The site also includes resources for survivors with disabilities, immigrants, people interested in bystander intervention, and more.

This new resource hub is part of Vice President Joe Biden and the administration's 1 is 2 Many campaign, which seeks an end to intimate-partner violence and sexual assault.

Autostraddle wrote of the campaign, "Whereas many sexual assault prevention campaigns focus on actions that women can take to avoid being assaulted — reminding women to watch their drinks or alert a friend if they’re going on a date — this one appears to be more focused on community accountability for the prevention of assault, offering some fairly concrete directives for how to prevent assault and support survivors."

The article goes on to quote 1 is 2 Many's website:

Support all survivors regardless of their gender or identity. Listen to their stores without judging or blaming. Offer to go with them to seek resources and services if they want them. Speak up if you hear comments that promote violence against women. Be aware of language that you use that degrades women and survivors of other identities. Don’t be afraid to be an active bystander and intervene if you believe violence is occurring and it is safe for you to do so. Be a role model for healthy relationships. Always treat others with respect and expect the same from others. Mentor and teach younger people to also act as role models. Join an organization that is working to end dating violence and sexual assault. Don’t have one in your community? Start one!

In January, the White House Council on Women and Girls released a report called "Rape and Sexual Assault: A Renewed Call to Action."

President Obama said that month, "Perhaps most important, we need to keep saying to anyone out who has ever been assaulted: you are not alone. We have your back. I've got your back."

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