Rape Crisis Scotland offers a specialist support service on the national helpline for LGBTI survivors of sexual violence, and their friends and families.
This complements existing services and offer LGBTI survivors an additional opportunity to seek support responsive to their experiences from specially trained support workers. Rape Crisis Scotland National Co-ordinator, Sandy Brindley said “We know that LGBTI survivors can experience unique stresses following sexual violence, which can make it even more difficult to report what has happened to them or to come forward and seek help. With our new resources and helpline service, Rape Crisis Scotland is taking proactive steps to overcome these barriers, and we want to highlight the fact that our support is fully inclusive, and able to respond to all survivors, whatever their gender identity or sexual orientation.”
LGBTI survivors can call the Rape Crisis Scotland helpline at any time, but highlighting particular hours in this way is intended to offer an additional opportunity for survivors to seek support in the confident knowledge that Rape Crisis Scotland is able to respond to their needs, and understands that gender identity and sexual orientation can be a major factor in the way survivors experience the impact of abuse. The new service will operate on Mondays and Thursdays between 7pm and midnight. The number to call is 08088 01 03 02.
Rape Crisis Scotland has also produced a new resource for LGBTI survivors, which is available in both print and digital formats. This new leaflet, which was developed in consultation with LGBTI survivors and partner organisations Scottish Transgender Alliance, LGBT Youth Scotland, and LGBT Health & Wellbeing, outlines in detail the particular challenges LGBTI survivors may face, and also gives information on what they can expect if they seek support from Rape Crisis Scotland.
The new LGBTI resource is the first of its kind in Scotland.
The new service and resource are among many steps Rape Crisis Scotland is currently taking as it works towards receiving an LGBT Charter Mark – an indication that an organisation has trained staff and put in place all necessary steps to ensure that its services and resources are fully inclusive and able to respond sensitively and appropriately to the needs of the LGBTI community.
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