Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence by Sexual Orientation, United States
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Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence by Sexual Orientation, United States

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    • Alternative Title:
      Psychol Violence
    • Description:
      Objectives: The objective of this study is to assess the prevalence of sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence (IPV) across sexual orientation groups among U.S. adults. Method: From 2010 to 2012, national probability samples (n = 41,174) of English- or Spanish-speaking noninstitutionalized U.S. adults were interviewed to assess the prevalence of violence and injury as part of the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey. National estimates across sexual orientation groups were compared. Results: Compared with heterosexual women, both bisexual women and lesbians experienced more contact sexual violence (CSV) and noncontact unwanted sexual violence by any perpetrator. In addition, bisexual women experienced more stalking by any perpetrator, IPV, and IPV-related impact than did heterosexual women. Compared with lesbians, bisexual women reported more CSV and stalking by any perpetrator, IPV, and IPV-related impact. Compared with heterosexual men, both bisexual and gay men experienced more CSV and noncontact unwanted sexual violence, and gay men experienced more stalking. Although there were no detected statistically significant differences in the prevalence of IPV overall, gay men did report more IPV-related impacts compared with heterosexual men. Conclusion: Results reveal a significantly elevated burden of violence experienced by certain sexual minorities.
    • Pubmed ID:
      32064141
    • Pubmed Central ID:
      PMC7020247
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