I am often in positions where my autonomy is deemed irrelevant, be it in hospitals, schools, my old family home, but the place with the most heightened sense of anxiety for me is with my previous partners. Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence regularly face this very hard question: do I tell people? And if so, who? This is something I chose to disclose after both my safety and the safety of others were put in danger. It was difficult for me, as I was a queer person and what he’d said and done to me had severely disconnected me from that part of myself. I lost track of who I was. Unfortunately, for LGBTQ+ youth, this is not the only challenge they face when it comes to Intimate Partner Violence.
If you’re a young queer survivor, I hope you feel validated, seen and heard. If you’re a provider, here are 5 things you should know and radically accept in your work:
Survivors don’t come in one model. I may not be in the perfect mold for what you considered to be a survivor, but I am still … [Read more...] about “5 Things about Queer Intimate Partner Violence You Should Know” by Sawyer Keegan
by Sawyer Keegan