2SLGBTQ+ people experience disproportionate rates of sexualized violence (1 in 5 queer individuals in Canada, with queer youth being most at risk). In order to address sexualized violence, we need to look at the root causes of discrimination and oppression.
2SLGBTQ+ people also experience additional impacts from sexualized violence, such as not feeling safe accessing medical care, not being sure where to go for support, and many harmful myths and stereotypes surrounding the queer community and violence.
SSAIC recognizes that folx from the 2SLGBTQ+ community face additional barriers when accessing or seeking support from community services, including ours. For Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2019, SSAIC received funding from Justice Canada and partnered with OUTSaskastoon to create two resources specific to the queer community:
- Gender Identity & Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ2S Community
- Sexual Orientation & Sexual Violence in the LGBTQ2S Community
We are excited to have these available in our office and as part of our public education materials — but there is still more work to be done. After all, we are here to serve EVERYONE in Saskatoon, and we want to remove as many barriers as possible when it comes to accessing our services.
We will always continue to revamp all areas of service, educational materials, and website to ensure LGBTQ2S-inclusive language is the standard and checking that our internal policies follow best practices for LGBTQ2S-inclusive service provision.
Please do not hesitate to share with us suggestions for how we can make our space more inclusive. Contact us with any and all ideas!
A special thank you to OUTSaskatoon for their help in educating us, and making SSAIC even better at our mission: serving ALL survivors of sexualized violence in the community of Saskatoon.