​What works for the rainbow community

Successful activities should ensure that LGBTI participants feel that their experiences are represented and acknowledged.

Why the rainbow community is unique

LGBTI people are at greater risk of experiencing sexual violence due to an increased likelihood of experiencing:

  • mental illness, bullying, self-harm, and suicide related to sexuality-based discrimination 
  • homophobic assaults, which can be sexual in nature 
  • fear that it will be necessary to disclose sexuality when reporting cases of violence.

What works for the rainbow community

Successful prevention activities for the rainbow community:

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    Specifically focus on rainbow community needs

  • Why focus on rainbow community needs

    Currently, few sexual violence prevention programmes in New Zealand directly target LGBTI people, and many programmes lack partnerships with rainbow communities.


    How

    Activities should work towards ensuring that LGBTI participants feel that their experiences are represented and acknowledged, by:

    • partnering with rainbow community groups 
    • including examples of healthy LGBTI relationships, not just healthy heterosexual relationships, in education programmes
    • providing welcoming, non-judgemental services — not simply sexuality-blind or “tolerant” services
    • training programme staff and service providers in addressing the needs of LGBTI people and providing information on where to seek support 
    • include resources which target coming out and transitioning.
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    Include resources and training for community and whānau

  • Provide:

    • training for rainbow community agencies on preventing and responding to sexual violence 
    • resources which provide tools for friends, family and whānau to support their rainbow family members. 

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