UCASA Announces Statewide LGBTQ Coordinating Council

New Council will focus on LGBTQ inclusion in anti-sexual violence efforts 

Salt Lake City, UT, July 21, 2017– The Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) announced the creation of a new statewide LGBTQ Coordinating Council to ensure that LGBTQ survivors of and victims of sexual violence, as well as the broader LGBTQ community, are represented in victim services organizations, institutions, and partnerships that serve sexual violence survivors statewide. This includes but is not limited to:

  1. Ensuring adequate representation of LGBTQ survivors in all Sexual Assault Response Teams (SARTs) statewide.

  2. Ensuring that LGBTQ-affirming training is provided statewide to sexual violence programs, law enforcement, and any other institution that interacts with sexual violence survivors.

  3. Ensuring that print, online, and others forms of information are available online to improve services for LGBTQ survivors of sexual violence.

  4. Producing LGBTQ-affirming materials for distribution statewide with a focus on rural, underserved, and culturally-specific programs and communities.

  5. Assisting organizations serving LGBTQ survivors to understand the unique cultural, historical, and institutional barriers faced by LGBTQ survivors in accessing services.

  6. As the Council expands UCASA expects that members of the Council and the community will identify additional goals and objectives that cannot currently be anticipated by our organization.

UCASA has opened applications to the public for those who are interested in serving on the Council. Council members are expected to agree to a one year term on the Council. Members of the public who are interested in the council can find additional information at ucasa.org/lgbtq.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Turner Bitton at (801) 746-0404 Ext. 1 or email at turner@ucasa.org

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