Get Informed: LGBTQ
Facts about LGBTQ Domestic Violence
- Nearly 1 in 3 lesbian women, 1 in 2 bisexual women, and 1 in 4 heterosexual women has experienced at least one form of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
Facts about LGBTQ Sexual Assault
- Approximately 4 out of 10 gay men (40.2%), half of bisexual men (47.4%), and 1 in 5 heterosexual men (20.8%) in the United States have experienced sexual violence other than rape at some point in their lives.
- Approximately 1 in 8 lesbian women (13.1%), nearly half of bisexual women (46.1%), and in 1 in 6 heterosexual women (17.4%) in the United States have been raped in their lifetime.
- 1 in 2 transgender individuals experience sexual violence in their lives.
No matter the gender of either party in a relationship, many dynamics of abuse are the same. An abusive relationship is fueled by the desire of the abuser to have power and control over their partner. The abuser uses different types of abuse, including: physical, sexual, emotional, financial, and spiritual.
There are many myths and stereotypes about sexual assault. But when you add in myths and prejudices about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, and queer (LGBTQ) people, a survivor faces even more misconceptions.