Prevalence Rates of LGBQ Survivors
Facts about LGBQ Experiences in US
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) estimates that one in ten LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence have experienced sexual assault.
One study found that 73% of LGBTQ college students experience sexual harassment or abuse and more than 6% of LGBTQ college students change their school or major as a result.
Bisexual women (61%) reported higher levels of rape, physical and/or sexual abuse, and stalking by an intimate partner than both lesbian (43.8%) and heterosexual women (35%).
Studies show similar rates of intimate partner violence in heterosexual relationships as LGBTQ couples.
One study found that nearly half (46%) of bisexual women are raped in their lifetime
40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men experience sexual assault in their lifetimes
One out of three lesbians has been sexually assaulted by another woman
LGBQ People of Color
One study found that most LGBT students of color reported feeling unsafe at school, with the majority of Native American students at 74%.
48% of LGBT students of color reported being verbally harassed in school, while 15% reported being physically assaulted.
The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs of LGBT survivors of violence found that 48% of those who had contact with police reported experiencing misconduct including excessive force, unjustified arrest, or entrapment.
LGBQ students of color who have been abused are three times more likely to miss school.
One national study found a sexual abuse to prison pipeline with girls of color, disproportionately filtering Black and Latinx LGBT/GNC girls into the juvenile justice system.
According to one study, LGBTQ youth under the age of 30 are 1.6 times more likely to experience physical violence than the general population
LGBQ Youth and Poverty
LGBTQ people face higher rates of poverty and marginalization, which puts them at greater risk for sexual assault
Many reports have found that there is an employment gap with LGBTQ people -- which could ultimately lead to poverty and homelessness if they cannot access the means to provide for themselves.
For some LGBQ individuals, such as queer women, the impact of employment discrimination and the gender wage gap affects income and disproportionately pushes them into poverty.
Sexual assault is a precursor to and consequence of homelessness -- which significantly impacts the lives of LGBTQ youth, particularly those who become homeless after coming out.
Sexual violence against women by women
A study conducted by the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault found that 1 in 3 lesbians has been sexually assaulted by another woman.
1 in 4 had experienced sexual violence within a lesbian relationship.
Sexual abuse by a woman has been reported by up to 50% of lesbians
A compilation of studies found about 17 to 45% of lesbians report having been the victim of at least one act of physical violence by a lesbian partner.
Several studies found a range from 5% to 57% of participants who have experienced an attempted or completed sexual assault or rape by another woman.
Most studies find a mean rate of over 30%.