Sexual Violence and the 2SLGBTQ+ Community
Participants will learn about sexual violence, queer history, queer trauma, and how to support 2SLGBTQ+ folks who have experienced sexual violence.
Welcome to "Sexual Violence and the 2SLGBTQ+ Community" Course
Quick Tips about Navigating this Course
Content and Language
Laying the Groundwork
Prevalence of Sexual Violence
What is Sexual Assault?
Definition of Consent
Coercion in Queer Contexts
Pyramid of Sexual Violence
What is Intersectionality?
Introducing Queer History
Sexual Violence in the Legal and Medical Fields
Canadian Bathhouse Raids
Gwen Araujo Case
Forced Intersex Surgeries
Queerness in the DSM
Queer Experience in Alberta, Canada: A Timeline
What is Trauma?
2SLGBTQ+ Community and Trauma
Lack of Representation in Models of Relationships and Abuse
How Does Lack of Representation Impact Sexual Trauma?
Distrust of Law Enforcement and Medical Professionals
Trauma and Law Enforcement
Trauma and Healthcare
Other Unique Impacts on Trauma
Barriers to Support
Individual Support Skills
Harm Reduction Approaches
Honouring Queer Identity
This is the Public Education team member that will be moderating the course.
Anyone! Members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community and people who are not! This course is for people who want to learn more about sexual violence and how it impacts members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community.
No! This course provides definitions and explanations of concepts that are covered in the course. As you gain a stronger understanding of the course concepts, you’ll then learn more on how you can apply these concepts to practice and supporting skills.
All the course content was made by staff members who are members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. However, the course will be facilitated by all public educators at SACE, regardless of their gender or sexual identity.
Throughout the course, we have intentionally chosen to use the term “queer” alongside the term “2SLGBTQ+”. We have chosen to use the term “queer” as an inclusive term to refer to those who do not fit within the cisgender heterosexual norm. The term “queer” has been one that many individuals within the 2SLGBTQ+ community have reclaimed as an empowering term that solidifies and validates their identity. We would like to recognize that in how we approach the materials within this course. However, we also understand and acknowledge that the term “queer” has historically been used as a homophobic slur and that the reclamation of the term is not accepted by everyone.
Yes. This course uses historical and recent incidents of harm to the 2SLGBTQ+ community to explain how the concepts discussed in the course apply to real-world events. We have intentionally chosen the examples used in the course to increase knowledge and awareness, while still creating a safe learning environment. The content in this course can be very activating and triggering to individuals/communities who have lived experience of sexual violence and homophobia/transphobia. We encourage participants to practice self-care and community-care while taking this course.
This course is intended to provide participants with a general understanding of sexual violence within the 2SLGBTQ+ community. This course cannot fully explore all the nuances of this topic and is not meant to describe everyone’s experience of sexual violence within the 2SLGBTQ+ community nor experiences of sexual violence in any community.
This course does not have a certificate of completion.
Learning about sexual violence can be challenging, and it’s normal for some of the content in this course to bring up a range of different, sometimes difficult, emotions for participants. Please practice self-care and engage with the provided materials to the degree that you feel comfortable. We have included a downloadable resource below with some breathing and movement techniques that you can use as necessary throughout the course to help you regulate your emotions.
If you are in need of support, you are also very welcome to: