Inaccessible and stigmatizing: LGBTQ+ youth perspectives of services and sexual violence

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Jones, S. and Patel, T. 2022. Inaccessible and stigmatizing: LGBTQ+ youth perspectives of services and sexual violence. Journal of LGBT Youth. https://doi.org/10.1080/19361653.2022.2134253
AuthorsJones, S. and Patel, T.
Abstract

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning (LGBTQ+) young people are subject to high rates of sexual violence globally, significantly impacting their lives and psychological wellbeing. However, service use for sexual violence support is low for LGBTQ+ groups and there is no current research exploring LGBTQ+ young peoples’ experiences and perspectives of support services in the UK. To understand service utilisation for LGBTQ+ young people who have experienced sexual violence, a mixed methods exploration of survey data (N = 36) and individual interviews (N = 7) was conducted with LGBTQ+ young people aged 16–25. Participants reported a high prevalence of multiple types of sexual violence (e.g., 86.11% subject to sexual assault) and low reporting to any service (30.56%). Content analysis identified interpersonal, service, and sociocultural factors that limit service utilisation and sexual violence reporting. Two themes were identified through thematic analysis: ‘safety and acceptance’ which discussed participants’ positive experiences of services, and the theme ‘services as hard to reach’ explored how discrimination, heteronormativity, and victim-blaming impacted service accessibility. Implications for best practice for services supporting LGBTQ+ young people subject to sexual violence are discussed and a model is presented to address service utilisation.

JournalJournal of LGBT Youth
ISSN1936-1661
Year2022
PublisherTaylor & Francis
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/19361653.2022.2134253
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Online20 Oct 2022
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Accepted05 Oct 2022
Deposited18 Nov 2022
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This is an Accepted Manuscript version of the following article, accepted for publication in Journal of LGBT Youth. Sophie Jones & Trishna Patel (2022) Inaccessible and stigmatizing: LGBTQ+ youth perspectives of services and sexual violence, Journal of LGBT Youth, DOI: 10.1080/19361653.2022.2134253.

It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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