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Pandora's Project offers peer support to anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault, or sexual abuse through our online support group, Pandora's Aquarium.We believe that connecting with other rape and sexual abuse survivors is an important part of healing.Prominent universities like Yale, the University of North Carolina and Notre Dame have been the subject of investigations by the Department of Education; the alleged involvement of football players in sexual assaults has intensified the spotlight on incidents at Vanderbilt University, the U. Naval Academy, Florida State University and the University of Montana.To address these and other incidents, a seemingly re-energized movement of student activism has sprung up nationally, leading President Obama to announce in February 2014 a commission to investigate specifically issues that contribute to sexual assaults on campuses.Sexual abuse is any form of sexual violence, including rape, child molestation, incest, and similar forms of non-consensual sexual contact.
As with most hate-based violence, transgender individuals are the most likely to be affected in the LGBT community.
Until recently, intra-community sexual assault went largely unacknowledged, particularly for women who have sex with women.
Moreover, we are only just now beginning to de-stigmatize the idea that there are male survivors of sexual assault, including gay and bisexual men.
A staggering 64% of transgender people have experienced sexual assault in their lifetime.
Though the Violence Against Women Act of 2013 (VAWA) recently extended LGBT nondiscrimination protections in resources for domestic and sexual violence, service providers across the country still lack the cultural competency needed to serve the LGBT community.