Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation

Last month the CDC released the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation. I was remiss in not posting this sooner, but it’s certainly worth your time. This is the first set of national prevalence data looking at sexual violence and IPV by sexual orientation, and the results are sadly not surprising:

“The study found that lesbians and gay men reported IPV and SV over their lifetimes at levels equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals; with sexual orientation based on respondents’ identification at the time of the survey. The survey also found that bisexual women (61.1 percent) report a higher prevalence of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner compared to both lesbian (43.8 percent) and heterosexual women (35 percent). Of the bisexual women who experienced IPV, approximately 90 percent reported having only male perpetrators, while two -thirds of lesbians reported having only female perpetrators of IPV.” (Read the entire press release)

The entire report can be found here (PDF). PreventConnect is also doing a webinar on the results of the survey on March 5th, but that session is full. You can get on the waiting list, or like me, wait until they post the archived session, which they are lovely enough to do with all of their offerings.