Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual assault can happen to people of all walks of life, and LGBTQ+ youth can be especially vunerable. 

According to the 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey:

  • LGBT students are three times more likely to have been forced to have sexual contact in their lifetime.
  • Transgender students are more likely to experience physical, emotional, and sexual violence compared to cisgender students.
  • 28% of trans students have dated someone who physically hurt them on purpose (vs 8% of cisgender).
  • 41% of trans students have ever been forced to have sexual contact vs 11% of cisgender.

*Cisgender: those whose identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.

The National Sexual Violence Resource center provides information and resources to prevent sexual violence: