Concerns related to personal identity and sexual assault

If you have specific concerns related to your race, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, or status as a citizen, these can impact how you deal with an assault as well as the rate and method of your recovery. The information below might be useful for you.

When race or ethnicity is an issue

Sexuality covers a very complex set of behaviors, ideas and feelings that vary among cultures. This variation can be the source of confusion, misunderstanding, and conflict. Cultural values relating to assertiveness, aggression and violence are also areas of potential confusion and conflict.
Also, as a member of a minority group, you are a survivor of racism and prejudice. All these factors, in addition to the unique aspects of your own history, may influence your response to an assault.