Funded by Awards for All, My Voice is a one-year project that aims to increase access to emotional and practical support for BME and LGBT survivors, improving their ability to cope with the impact of sexual violence.
Our team of BME & LGBT Champions will:
Identify needs from BME and LGBT survivors of sexual violence and abuse
Develop links with BME and LGBT people who have experienced sexual violence and abuse, and those who support them.
Work co-operatively with other organisations in order to develop service provision and good practice in Sussex
If you want to know more about our team of BME & LGBT Champions, please see their biographies
Take part in our research:
Are you a person or a supporter (e.g. partner, friend) of a BMER and/or LGBT person who has had experience of sexual violence?
Or maybe you’re a professional in Sussex that has offered support to BMER and LGBT survivors of sexual violence?
We want to hear from you about your experiences.
You can help us improve support services for LGBT and BMER people who have experienced sexual violence, by taking part in:
A survey for survivors and supporters (e.g. family members, partners, friends)
One-to-one interviews and focus groups for anyone who identifies as BMER and/or LGBT, about their experiences of accessing support
If you want to take part, please email us at myvoice[at]survivorsnetwork.org.uk
Why do we need this project?
In Brighton & Hove 14% of people identify as LGBT, and 19% are from a BME background.
It is estimated that 20 to 40% of these individuals will have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives but are far less likely than other members of the community to access support because of actual or perceived barriers in accessing the services (from "Sussex Uncovered" report, 2013; Brighton & Hove City Council Equality Statement, 2014). Monitoring of Survivors' Network clients shows that 10% of our clients described their sexuality as LGB, less than 1% identified as trans* and 8% stated their ethnicity as BME.
While no comprehensive research has been done on the local barriers specific to these groups, Survivors’ Network’s research (web survey and interviews) into the needs of trans* survivors (2014), reveals that 91% were worried that their gender identity would affect their experience of using support services. Indeed, many were afraid they would face repercussions from coming out or be discriminated against by workers, other service users and members of their own community.