In honor of April being Sexual Assault Awareness Month, it seemed appropriate to talk about the ways in which sexual assault affects the LGBT community. Often times, it is overlooked, especially in same sex relationships, because of the stigma that “men can’t sexually assault men” and “women cant sexually assault women,” but those assumptions are the farthest thing from the truth, and perpetuating them is extremely damaging to the victims being affected.
An article by the Human Rights Campaign lists a number of statistics found by the CDC:
- “44 percent of lesbians and 61 percent of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35 percent of heterosexual women
26 percent of gay men and 37 percent of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual men
46 percent of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17 percent of heterosexual women and 13 percent of lesbians
22 percent of bisexual women have been raped by an intimate partner, compared to 9 percent of heterosexual women
40 percent of gay men and 47 percent of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21 percent of heterosexual men”
These numbers are staggering. Thankfully, there are advocates stepping up to give voices to the victims who have been silenced. There are 24/7 hotlines for those in need in the LGBT community, such as The Anti-Violence Project, The GLBT National Help Center, and more.
For more information and resources, please visit The Human Rights Campaign.