Prevailing From Traumatic Experience of Assault: From the Perspective of LGBTIQ Individuals


When the constitution of a country constraints some citizens as criminal, based on their choice of sexual partner, it is expected that crimes will be committed against them, as a result of social discrimination and lack of legal protection. Although NALSA verdict (2014) by Supreme Court of India edict to give the freedom in choosing one's own gender, and to protect the rights of individuals of 3rd gender, but that did not make any difference in the crime rate and discrimination against the LGBTQ individuals (specially against Transgender individuals). Grappling and coping with the trauma and psychological state of the individuals who have been through these kind of experience evokes interest. Thus, 20 self identified LGBTQ individuals were communicated by the snowball sampling method and were interviewed for the present study.Among them 10 individuals have been through any kind of physical or sexual abuse, and other 10 individual have not faced such physical or sexual assault.They were asked about their experience of traumatic events and the psychological effects of the event, how they fight their way back and gained the strength to cope with that.They were also asked about the perception of homosexuality, transgender and transsexual individuals of the Indian society, their subjective well being, perception of happiness and how they comprehend the meaning in life, the responses of the two groups were compared.In this context the presence of transphobia in our society, and among the cisgender homosexual and bisexual individuals was also mentioned by the participants.

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Dibyangana Biswas, University of Calcutta, India
Anindita Chaudhuri, University of Calcutta, India

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Conference: ACP2018
Stream: Qualitative/Quantitative Research in any other area of Psychology

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