On average, 24 people per minute become the victims of rape or physical abuse in this country. That accounts for more than 12 million Americans per year, regardless of sexual orientation. But did you know that gay men and lesbians report incidences of sexual violence even more often than their heterosexual peers? It’s the basis for a sobering new report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) that outlines the facts about domestic abuse and sexual assault in the LGBT community.
In addition to gay men and lesbians who are abused at the hands of their partners, the report also reveals that bisexual women experience a higher prevalence of rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner compared to both lesbian and heterosexual women. Almost half of bisexual women also say they were first raped between the ages of 11 and 17. And the majority of women (lesbian, bisexual and heterosexual) admit than men have more times than not been the perpetrators of these serious crimes.
“We know that violence affects everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. This report suggests that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in this country suffer a heavy toll of sexual violence and stalking committed by an intimate partner,” says CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “While intervening and providing services are important, prevention is equally critical.”
If you are a victim of sexual assault or domestic abuse, don’t wait to do something about it. Consider reaching out to these organizations today:
- National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP)
- Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline. You may also contact your local shelter.
- The National Center for Victims of Crime’s Stalking Resource Center
- National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center