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Transgender Woman’s Assault at the Stonewall Inn Highlights Sexual Violence Against Community

by Beth Sherouse March 29, 2016

Trigger Warning: Sexual Assault

Authorities are asking the public for help in finding a suspect they say sexually assaulted a transgender woman at the Stonewall Inn this weekend. The woman reported to police that the man came into the bathroom she was using and assaulted her.

According to The New York Times at around 11:30 Saturday night, the woman went upstairs to the unisex bathroom and,

“[w]hile she was washing her hands, a man entered the room and said he wanted to wash his hands … He touched her without her permission and then sodomized her … The woman told the police that she had indicated her lack of consent to the man, but did not resist out of fear of being hurt.”

The location of the assault, the Stonewall Inn in New York City’s Greenwich Village, was the site of the historic 1969 Stonewall Riots where LGBTQ bar patrons –– many of them transgender –– fought back against police harassment. The riots are generally considered the beginning of the modern LGBTQ rights movement.

This brutal assault highlights the issue of sexual violence against transgender people. Research suggests that about half of transgender people will be sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.

For more information on sexual assault in the LGBTQ community, click here.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are some LGBTQ-friendly resources:

Let's Talk About It: A Transgender Survivor's Guide to Accessing Therapy

National Sexual Assault Hotline – can also refer you to a local rape crisis center

1-800-656-HOPE (4673) 24/7 or

Online Counseling at


Love is Respect Hotline

1-866-331-99474 (24/7) or Text “loveis” 22522


The Anti-Violence Project– serves people who are LGBTQ

Hotline 212-714-1124 Bilingual 24/7

GLBT National Help Center

Hotline 1800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743) or

Online Chat at

Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Project Hotline


FORGE– serves transgender and gender nonconforming survivors of domestic and sexual violence; provides referrals to local counselors

The Network La Red– serves LGBTQ, poly, and kink/BDSM survivors of abuse; bilingual

Hotline - 617-742-4911

Northwest Network– serves LGBT survivors of abuse; can provide local referrals


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