Transgender Awareness Week: Looking at Sexual Violence in the Community
This post originally appeared on the SAGE Blog.
In recognition of Transgender Awareness Week and the Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR), SAGE and the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging are highlighting resources for the transgender and gender variant communities. TDOR honors the memory of those murdered because of anti-transgender prejudice and is observed in late November in recognition of the 1998 murder of Rita Hester. Rita was a highly visible member of the transgender community in Boston, where she worked locally on education around transgender issues. On Saturday, November 28, 1998, Rita was murdered in her apartment. TDOR was started as a vigil in her honor and has since become an international event for communities to come together and remember those who have been murdered because of hate. Find a TDOR event near you here.
Did you know that fifty percent (50%) or more of all transgender and gender variant people have experienced some form of sexual abuse, sometimes from many different people over many years? In order to help heal and educate, FORGE recently came out with Transgender Sexual Violence Survivors: A Self-Help Guide to Healing and Understanding. This substantial document includes information about the prevalence of sexual violence against transgender/gender non-conforming individuals, lists common long- and short-term responses to trauma and offers practical advice and resources for survivors and those helping them. Please click here to access the resource. FORGE‘s mission is to support, educate and advocate for the rights and lives of transgender individuals and SOFFAs (Significant Others, Friends, Family, and Allies) and they provide valuable training services as well as information on their site. Find them on Facebook and Twitter!
For more transgender resources, please check out the SAGE blog all this week and throughout the year.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.