June is Pride Month!
Hope Project is excited to celebrate Pride month with everyone in the LGBTQI+ community! We are doing another drawing this month, so look for the hidden word “pride” in this newsletter. You will find it out of place in a sentence! When you find it, respond to this email with the complete sentence that you found the hidden word in and you will be entered! The drawing will be done June 25th!
Sexual Assault and the LGBTQI+ Community
Sexual assault affects people of all ages, races, sexual orientations, and identities. Statistics for sexual assault for members of the LGBTQI+ community are much higher than other demographics. According to the CDC, 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner. 26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner. For transgender people, the statistic is even higher. 47% of survey respondents have been sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime. While these statistics are staggering, it is important to remember that there are often many barriers for people from this community to find support and help. One way that we can help to fight against these barriers is by making sure that we create safe spaces for survivors of all kinds.
Being an Active Ally!
One way to support survivors of the LGBTQI+ community is to take notice and be an ally. For some helpful ideas on how exactly to be an ally, check out this video. For more resources, check out this link to UCLA’s LGBTQ 101 and ally resources page. Being aware of the fact that sexual assault affects all of us, as humans, is an important role. #UsToo is a branch of the #MeToo movement, bringing awareness to pride sexual assault in the LGBTQI+ community.
Gender identity is not determined by your trauma
Gender expression is not determined by your trauma
Sexual orientation is not determined by your trauma
We Believe You.
All Are Welcome Here.
Click here for The Gender Unicorn visual for better understanding of the difference between gender identity, gender expression, sex, and sexual orientation!
What’s New at Hope Project?
New Community Education Classes!
If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer with Hope Project, please check out the updated website to find out when the required classes start.
Connect with Hope Project! Check out our social media pages to see all of our up-to-date events and groups.
Hope Project volunteers support survivors by responding to calls from the hospital when someone goes to the emergency department and reports a sexual assault. They support the survivor through a SANE exam and ongoing advocacy for the survivor during the reporting process, should they choose to report the sexual assault. They also support advocates at our offices by preparing for hospital calls, support groups, community presentations, and a variety of other tasks.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call 360-703-3762 ext. 13.
Hope Project also provides free presentations on sexual violence awareness and Hope Project program information to schools, businesses, churches, and other organizations.
Email email@example.com or call 360-703-3762 ext. 16.