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Human Rights Defenders

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”

 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 1



GHB Date Rape

Same Sex Assault

Same sex domestic violence SSDV is very much a hidden issue within the mainstream community and the gay and lesbian community.  There is a poor community understanding of DV, lack of services especially those with gay and lesbian cultural experience and membership of a small and often marginalized community. The threat of or actually outing a partner’s sexuality can be a very effective form of control because it comes with a raft of fears about rejection and isolation.  This is especially true of people in their first same sex relationship. Someone can be outed to their family, friends, work or community. A further heterosexist control is to use other people’s homophobia as a form of control.  So an abusive partner may convince their partner that others won’t accept their sexuality or the relationship and can use the associated fear to limit their social interactions, their family contact or even their career. There is a community wide myth that women aren’t perpetrators of abuse or violence and that men aren’t victims of it.  This perception is also held by many in the gay and lesbian community.  So when DV happens it is dismissed as something else – either a fight, an argument or just going through a bad period.  Actually Domestic Violence in same sex relationships is very similar to DV in different sex relationships.    

There is no Pride in Domestic Violence by Brad Gray 

Patterns of Anti-Gay Violence, by  Kuenle, K. & A. Sullivan, 8/01, 16 pages,  available through The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. lending library  Call # J:JIV:7/01/928 

Lesbian Rape Survivors, article by  Brooklyn Women's Anti-Rape Exchange, 1996, 3 pages available through The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. lending library  Call # F:Di/Le:01 

Lesbian Sexual Assault Brochure, San Francisco Women Against Rape, 3/7/2001  available through The Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. lending library  Call #F:Di/Le:04

Male Victims Male victims of sexual assault have unique problems for both support and investigation.  

Same Sex Domestic Violence  Nicholas Groth & Ann Wolbert Burgess, Male Rape: Offenders and Victims, AM. J. Psychiatry, July 1980, at 806.  Rape Victim Advocates (RVA), Chicago, Illinois

Military Victims

The United States military is set apart from civilian culture by its own law, social customs, and practices.  This affects the military’s response to sexual assault and often makes it difficult or even impossible for victims to obtain the help they need and the investigation they deserve. Sexual assault in the military is often called "command rape."  

A Moment of Silence Is Not Enough, By Sara Rich

GHB use by LGBT

Joseph J. Palamar, Perry N. Halkitis A qualitative analysis of GHB use among gay men: "Reasons for use despite potential adverse outcomes", International Journal of Drug Policy, Volume 17, Issue 1, January 2006, Pages 23-28

Perry N. Halkitis, Joseph J. Palamar "GHB use among gay and bisexual men" Addictive Behaviors, Volume 31, Issue 11, November 2006, Pages 2135-2139

Andrew M. Mattison, Michael W. Ross, Tanya Wolfson, Donald Franklin, HNRC Group  et al.   "Circuit party attendance, club drug use, and unsafe sex in gay men" Journal of Substance Abuse, Volume 13, Issues 1–2, September 2001, Pages 119-126

Sexual Violence & Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ Information Packet

Sexual Violence & Individuals Who Identify as LGBTQ

September 2012

Description: Sexual violence & individuals who identify as LGBTQ is an information packet containing nearly a dozen resources focused on serving, engaging, and collaborating with individuals and communities who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or questioning (LGBTQ). The packet contains resources to support counselors, advocates, preventionists, technical assistance providers, and allied professionals committed to affirming all individuals and communities. The goals of this packet it to provide resources that will both strengthen work already being done, as well as assist organizations in discovering a place to begin program development.

This packet includes an Annotated Bibliography, a Research Brief, a Resource List, and guides on Talking about Gender & Sexuality, Creating Inclusive Agencies, the Process of Coming Out, the Impact of Discrimination, Hate & Bias-Motivated Crimes, the Impact on Individuals & Communities, Sexual Harassment & Bullying of Youth, and Transformative Prevention Programming.

NSVRC Publications,Information Packets

Importance of Victim Cooperation

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Theodore Roosevelt- Excerpt from the speech "Citizenship In A Republic", delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on 23 April, 1910