Improve LGBTQ+ Sexual Assault Survivors’ Access to Services

Event Date: 
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 1:00pm
Event Location: 
Downtown Portland, OR

Improve LGBTQ+ Sexual Assault Survivors’ Access to Services by Participating in a Listening Session!

Tuesday, May 21, 1–3pm, Downtown Portland (register by May 1st)

The Victim Rights Law Center is working to identify and address barriers LGBTQ+ sexual assault survivors face when attempting to access victim services in Oregon. To accomplish this, we are inviting LGBTQ+ survivors, community members, and allies to participate in a series of small group “listening sessions.”

These private* listening sessions will be an opportunity for folks to share their perspectives on how LGBTQ+ survivors decide whether or not to seek help from a particular victim service provider, ways providers make it easier or harder to get help, and what they believe are the primary barriers keeping LGBTQ+ survivors from seeking and receiving services.

The listening sessions should last about 2 hours and participants will receive a $40 Visa gift card in exchange for their time.

Note: Listening session participants will include survivors and other community members. Conversations will focus on barriers to service rather than circumstances or details of a sexual assault, and no one will be asked questions requiring them to identify as a survivor during the session. Because of possible mandatory reporting obligations, all participants must be at least 18 years old.

We invite you to join us for a listening session if you are 18 or older and:

  1. An LGBTQ+ survivor of sexual assault who has accessed – or has considered accessing – services, or

  2. A person in the LGBTQ community or an ally familiar with the barriers LGBTQ survivors face when seeking services.

Click here to sign up for a listening session!

Note: This session is exclusively for survivors, community members, and allies. We will be holding separate sessions for advocates and other victim service providers. For more information on sessions for advocates and VSPs, or any other questions about the project, please contact Mary Darcy.

*While listening sessions will be held in a private space and all participants will be asked to keep any information shared to themselves, we cannot guarantee confidentiality.

About the Victim Rights Law Center

The Victim Rights Law Center is a non-profit law firm that provides free, holistic civil legal services to sexual assault survivors in Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington counties. We also help Oregon sexual assault survivors who are outside the tricounty region with certain education-related matters; immigration applications for crime victims; and identity document changes (name and/or gender marker) and costs.

To learn more, please call our Intake Line at 503-274-5477 x6. Transgender sexual assault survivors seeking help with identity document changes may also contact staff attorney Ryan Newby directly at (503) 274- 5477 x5.

This announcement was produced by Victim Rights Law Center under award #2016-XV-GX-K015, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this announcement are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official positions or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.