|Letter from the Executive Director:|
When I started working at Turning Pointe, a friend of mine shared with me part of her story and her personal, under-represented experience with domestic violence.
She had a relationship with an older woman while she was a young adult. After years of reflection, my friend has come to see that it was an abusive relationship. All the signs were there. The older woman maintained power over her by controlling, isolating, and intimidating her. My friend told me, “At the time, I didn’t understand that it was domestic violence because I did not see my kind of relationship represented in the media or awareness campaigns.”
The traditional conversation about domestic violence is that it affects married, heterosexual couples. The statistics tell a different story.
43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women.
26% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, in comparison to 29% of heterosexual men.
At Turning Pointe, we need to do better. It’s not enough just to serve all survivors of sexual and domestic violence–we also need to educate and inform our community. Unhealthy relationship dynamics can exist in any relationship. This coming year, we are looking at ways to become better informed on how to effectively serve the LGBTQ+ community. No one should ever feel unheard and no one should experience violence.
Gina Finley, MNPL
Executive Director Gina Finley spoke at the Mason County Commissioner’s Meeting on June 7 to support the Pride Month being officially recognized in Mason County.
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