Sexual violence affects every demographic, community, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
Our firm proudly represents LGBTQ+ survivors of sexual assault, child sexual abuse, and workplace sexual harassment. We are a safe space to get your questions answered. Our firm is trauma-informed and culturally sensitive. Each conversation with our team is confidential. We cannot act on the information you share without your consent. We are here to listen and provide assistance. We believe every survivor.
The #MeToo Movement has made history giving sexual assault survivors a voice. People are finally listening, but often LGBTQ+ survivors have been left in the margins of these conversations.
If you were sexually abused as a child or adult and are LGBTQ+ – we believe you and it’s not your fault. We know that the societal expectation of sexual violence has a binary structure, and many assume that it only occurs between a man and woman, but we know that sexual violence comes in many forms.
No matter your gender or sexual orientation, no one should go through the trauma of sexual assault without an advocate.
We have been helping survivors of sexual assault fight for justice for over fifteen years. We are here to listen, answer questions, and help you understand your legal options. We offer confidential consultations free of charge. Call us when you are ready 619-516-8166 or fill out our contact form.
Our team knows that coming forward about one’s sexual assault is already an incredibly difficult decision and for queer survivors this may also mean coming out about their sexuality or gender identity to individuals they do not yet know. We want to ensure that each LGBTQ+ individual that comes forward knows that The Pride Law Firm is a safe space for all queer identities and sexualities to safely share their stories and will be believed.
As a community, LGBTQ+ people face higher rates of stigma and marginalization, placing all members at greater risk for sexual assault and abuse. Specifically, this means higher rates of hate-motivated crimes and violence, which often take the form of sexual assault.
In addition, intersections with systemic inequality such as homophobia, transphobia, racism, misogyny, and other forms of discrimination may increase the risk of sexual assault for various subsets of the LGBTQ+ population.
Consider the following statistics regarding LGBTQ+ sexual assault rates compiled by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) from various studies:
Among LGBTQ+ individuals, transgender people and bisexual women face the most alarming rates of sexual violence. For these communities, sexual violence begins early, often during childhood.
In a legal setting, this means that sexual assault incidents against LGBTQ+ people may be tied in with a complex net of social, cultural, and economic factors; such factors must be considered and acknowledged when interacting with survivors.
At The Pride Law Firm, we work closely with LGBTQ+ survivors We understand the many intersecting factors that are present in cases for queer folks. We ensure that our team is well trained, respectful, and understanding to Queer survivors.
The effects of a single sexual assault incident can heavily impact the survivor. They can affect a person not just in the moments after the incident, but in the long run over the course of their lives.
Long-term effects of sexual assault may be severe, especially in connection with abuses that occur during childhood. These include:
In addition, sexual assaults that are motivated by LGBTQ+ issues or hate crimes can have severely damaging effects on the survivor’s sense of identity and social interactions. Often, survivors hesitate or refrain from reporting due to feelings of fear, guilt, embarrassment, or confusion. This reaction is normal and it is common to delay reporting crimes that immensely impact safety, identity, and body.
Long-term effects and impacts of LGBTQ+ sexual assaults must be considered when litigating these types of cases. This is especially important in cases where the acts occur in institutions like rehabilitation centers or religious settings, where the behavior is often perpetuated and allowed to occur over long periods of time. Highlighting the long-term damage is one way to shed light on how egregious the conduct is, and to hold the institutions fully accountable for their violations.
The workplace is one of the major fields of discrimination and harassment against LGBTQ+ people. To clarify, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) considers harassment to be a form of discrimination:
“Harassment is unwelcome conduct that is based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or pregnancy), national origin, older age (beginning at age 40), disability, or genetic information (including family medical history).”
This can take many forms and may manifest in various ways. For LGBTQ+ people, examples of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace include:
Examples of Gender-Based Discrimination
One of the problems with LGBTQ+ workplace discrimination is that it can often be built into the company’s culture, policies, and practices. Sometimes, harassment may be coming from the very people you are supposed to report to.
If that’s the case, you may need to contact a lawyer to pursue legal action. Contact us at 619-516-8166 if you or a loved one were sexually harassed or discriminated against at work.
LGBTQ+ People’s Experiences in the Workplace
Here we address a few of the top concerns LGBTQ+ sexual assault survivors have about taking legal action against their abusers.
For many who have suffered from assault, the desire to remain anonymous is incredibly strong. This is especially true for LGBTQ+ survivors. As we mentioned earlier, LGBTQ+ survivors often don’t report because of unsupportive communities, fear of not being believed, or not wanting others to know their identity.
Filing a lawsuit is completely confidential and your name will not appear in public without your consent. This is a common fear many survivors have and can keep them from pursuing their perpetrators in civil court. However, we assure you that your information is safe, and all potential cases are protected by a client/attorney privilege.
We work tirelessly to win you the justice you deserve, and if we don’t recover financial compensation for your losses – you don’t have to pay a penny. The Pride Law Firm works on a contingency fee basis, which means that you do not need to pay any out-of-pocket fees. We only receive a fee for our services if we are successful in securing an award for the crimes committed against you.
Many of our clients share that they only want to be healed of their trauma and move on with their lives. That is why filing a lawsuit is not typically about money, but about closure. Bringing your perpetrator to justice helps ensure they will not hurt someone else again and holds them accountable for their actions.
It’s also important to note that the financial compensation we seek for you is what helps offset the cost of quality counseling services, therapy, and anything else you may need in your journey to health and wholeness.
Filing a lawsuit for LGBTQ+ sexual assault or harassment benefit the individual survivor by having their experience validated and monetary compensation to move forward with their life. Filing a lawsuit can also create change in securing safer communities and work environments for everyone. By pursuing legal action, you can help:
In many instances, entire movements such as the #MeToo movement gained backing and momentum due to breaking cases and legal work. Oftentimes, this can be much faster than relying on changes through the legislature or city councils. With LGBTQ+ issues, we understand that there is still so much work to do.
For survivors, a court award can help improve their quality of life and grant them access to resources they might not otherwise have. A settlement or damages award can assist with:
The Pride Law Firm is more than just a professional law firm—we are a trusted network of resources for LGBTQ+ survivors. We employ two full-time survivor advocates for support throughout the entire legal process. Our team is also equipped with trauma-informed training to specifically meet every survivor’s needs.
What happened is not your fault, no matter where you were, who you were with or what you were doing when it occurred. Contact us at (619) 415-8822 to discuss your circumstances in absolute privacy and confidentiality. We value your identity and will answer all of your questions.