Rutgers University survey on sexual violence is looking for your input
A team at Rutgers School of Public Health is conducting a statewide community needs assessment on preventing sexual violence in LGBTQ communities. Rutgers is working with the NJ Department of Children and Families, Division on Women as part of New Jersey’s Rape Prevention and Education Initiative.
The research is being conducted by Philip McCabe, a health educator, and Mitchel A. Rosen, an associate professor in the Dept. of Urban and Global Public Health at the Rutgers School of Public Health. The purpose is to identify current community supports that are available to the LGBTQ community locally. The survey is looking at the availability and visibility of protective spaces for LGBTQ identified people.
Sexual violence and other hate crimes are a serious public health concern. As with most hate-based violence, transgender individuals are the most likely to be affected in the LGBTQ community.
After the study results are tabultaed they will identify and increase community and institutional capacity to implement sexual violence prevention in the LGBTQ community and respond to it. The study will focus on safety and connections within the local LGBTQ community.
Primary prevention activities include providing support, safe space, food/ housing assistance, or an inclusive social environment. The team will attempt to identify and assess the availability of existing prevention programs throughout New Jersey.
Based on the survey results McCabe and Rosen will look at the gaps in services for LGBTQ identified people. The team at Rutgers will then make recommendations to expand community prevention strategies where gaps in services exist in the Garden State as discovered in the results.
The survey is open to all adults over 18 who live, work, or socialize in New Jersey. It is not limited to only LGBTQ individuals. Rutgers will also provide training to interested community groups who wish to receive additional education on providing affirmative support to sexual minorities and prevention of sexual violence.
This training and needs assessment are supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Rape Prevention and Education grant funds.