Hi, everyone! It’s Ethan from the G3S team. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month in the US, and this week we will engage with stories specific to experiences of gaysian and/or queer Asian/Asian-American survivors of sexual violence, which is defined by the CDC as a sexual act committed against someone without their freely given consent. These stories matter so much to me because, after I was sexually assaulted in 2015, I was desperate to find narratives and resources that would help me know I was not alone. So the posts we’re featuring this week are ones I wish had existed two years ago.
Every survivor’s story and experience is different. This series will center the voices of a few queer male Asian American/gaysian survivors – the only ones I have found online so far – but if you know of stories or resources specific to any of the wide variety of LGBTQ Asian/Pacific Islander experiences, please submit them so that we can feature them!
If you might need to plan in advance how you engage with the posts we’re sharing this week, please note that the post on Tuesday (tomorrow) will describe in detail experiences of sexual assault (specifically child sexual abuse) and attempted suicide; the post on Thursday will describe an experience of physical violence; and the other posts this week up through Sunday, except the Follower Friday feature, will mention personal experiences of sexual violence.