Students share facts , experiences with sexual aggression in LGBTQ community
The idea that transgender women of color are the most likely to experience police brutality were just one of many imparted to a group of students tonight during a presentation on sexual aggression.
Housed in Moore 105, “Sexual Aggression in the LGBTQ Community” presentation and panel encompassed different aspects of sexual aggression issues within the LGBTQ community.
These included statistics, intimate partner violence, intersectionality, reasons people don’t report sexual assaults or sexual aggression, reasons people don’t report on intimate partners, how people can show support and all the resources Central Michigan University has in order to help this community.
Members of the panel also played a video of a young man sharing his experience being sexually assaulted. Two other students shared their stories, dealing with sexual aggression as well.
St. Clair Shores junior Kathleen Trombley helped to put on this program, along with other members of Sexual Aggression Peer Advocates and the Office of LGBTQ Services.
“This group does an amazing job with survivors; it is a great support system and I love helping people,” Trombley said. “This event is important because not a lot of people talk about (the issue of sexual aggression). It sheds light on aggression. Survivors can turn to us for help healing or to have someone to listen to them.”
Detroit sophomore Treasure Crocker experienced this event for the first time. Although she came for a class, she still enjoyed it.
“(Coming to this panel) made me want to come to more things like this,” Crocker said. “It taught me about other people and their lives. It was very nice and informative.”
Canton freshman Kennede Fischer also attended the event for a class.
“I enjoyed the all of the information,” Fischer said, “It was powerful and it definitely made an impact.”