Sexual violence can happen to anyone, no matter your age, race, religion, immigration status, ability, culture, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
We at CSAC recognize that supports, services, and resources geared to the general public are not always accessible or culturally safe for marginalized groups. To ensure we are providing culturally-relevant services to all those impacted by sexual violence, we have compiled a list of resources and supports specifically targeted toward marginalized groups.
To explore these resources, follow the links below:
The intersections of sexual violence
Intersectionality is a concept by black feminist scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw designed to help us observe and analyze power imbalances. It helps us understand how different aspects of our lives — our various social locations — relates to how much power we occupy in society. These social locations can include our racial or ethnic background, gender identity, assigned biological sex, sexual orientation, economic status, religious beliefs, migration status, age, ability, and mental health.
A person’s life experiences are inevitably shaped by the interaction of these different social locations, which are rooted in overarching systems of power that produce privilege and oppression in our society. These systems of power include colonialism, racism, patriarchy, homophobia, heterosexism, ableism, transphobia, classism, sanism, ageism, xenophobia, and/or any other form of discrimination. Sexual violence has been used, and continues to be used as a tool to uphold these systems of power.
Inevitably, someone’s position within society — their identity, background, or situation — will impact how a person experiences sexual violence. It can also impact their ability to access support, as well as how other people will interpret and respond to a disclosure. It can also influence if they report sexual violence to authorities. For example, Black immigrant woman will face different challenges in how they experience and respond to sexual violence than a white transwoman with a disability.
Intersectionality isn’t about comparing trauma or “who has it worse.” It’s about examining and understanding the reasons behind why people respond to sexual violence in different ways and at different points in their life. Everyone’s trauma is valid.