You might be worried that police won’t take LGBT sexual abuse seriously, or that you’ll be outed if you report abuse. You might feel like there aren’t people and organisations will help LGBT people who’ve been the victims of sexual violence. Luckily, none of these things are true.
The police and the Crown Prosecution Service (the CPS) have guidelines stating how they must address sexual crimes. All people are given equal rights and protections, regardless of one’s sexuality or gender identity. The law recognizes all abuse of a sexual nature as equally serious, and instructs police officers to act accordingly. Sapphire Units within the Metropolitan Police deal specifically with crimes of a sexual nature. There are also LGBT liaison officers in all police boroughs who can offer you extra support.