Gloucestershire LGBTQ Community Sexual Violence Service Needs Assessment
22 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2017
Date Written: October 5, 2017
This research project was conducted on behalf of Gloucestershire Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre (GRASAC), a charity that provides support services for women who have experienced sexual violence. As part of their regular review of activities, they asked for a project which would focus on identifying the sexual violence service needs of the Gloucestershire LGBTQ community including identifying any barriers in accessing sexual violence services. In 2015 1.7% of the population in the UK identified themselves in the Office of National Statistics survey as lesbian, gay or bisexual with the largest population group between the ages of 16-25. Each year, in England and Wales approximately 85,000 women and 12,000 men are victims of rape and sexual assault which constitutes 19.9% of women and 3.8% of men having experienced some form of sexual assault since the age of 16 according to the Crime Survey England & Wales. As the statistics above demonstrate, women are far more likely to experience rape and sexual assault, however there is no accessible UK data, and very little service provision, disaggregated by LGBTQ status or addressing the specific needs of the LGBTQ community.
Keywords: sexual violence; service development
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