The Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI) in partnership with Gay Switchboard Ireland and the Gay & Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) have launched a report on sexual violence in the LGBT community.
“Finding a Safe Place: LGBT Survivors of Sexual Violence and Disclosure in Rape Crisis Centres” was officially launched this morning, Monday 11th July at the Royal Irish Academy by Minister for Children & Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone TD.
The report is available to download here.
Following the launch of the report, Gay Switchboard Ireland invites you to a community discussion on the topic of sexual violence, domestic abuse and consent in the LGBT community.
Monday 11th July @ 6:30pm,
The Old Chocolate Factory, Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1.
Discussion panel includes:
Odhrán Allen, Director of Mental Health at Gay & Lesbian Equality Network;
Broden Giambrone, Director of Transgender Equality Network of Ireland;
Anne Scully, Chairperson of the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland;
Lynne Cahill, Lesbian Domestic Violence & Abuse PhD candidate at Trinity College Dublin.
Questions, discussion and debate is encouraged from all in attendance. The report will be available at the event.
The report is an important effort in focusing attention on the issues that face LGBT people in a post-marriage equality Ireland. Discussion about sexual violence in the community is so far to the margins it is all but invisible. Consequently, many victims may feel reluctant to seek help and report the abuse.
At Gay Switchboard Ireland we want to make talking about sexual violence safe for the LGBT community. The report has prompted us to hold a community discussion with stakeholders across the LGBT spectrum on the topic as an opportunity to start the conversation.