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Report: LGBT youth face higher rate of dating abuse than straight peers

Friday, September 6, 2013

LGBT teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, with transgender teens especially vulnerable to victimization, according to a report issued Friday by the Urban Institute.

“Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth” is one of the first examinations of dating violence and abuse through the distinct lens of sexual orientation and of gender identity.

According to the report, victims are more likely to be females or transgender youth who are also more likely to be depressed, have lower grades, have committed delinquent acts, and to have a history of sexual activity.

The report is based on a survey of 3,745 youth in 7th to 12th grades, in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Six percent identified as LGBT, the rest as heterosexual.

Of the LGB respondents,

  • 43 percent reported being victims of physical dating violence, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual youth;
  • 59 percent reported emotional abuse, compared to 46 percent of heterosexual youth;
  • 37 percent reported digital abuse and harassment, compared to 26 percent of heterosexual youth; and
  • 23 percent reported sexual coercion, compared to 12 percent of heterosexual youth.

“Given such high rates of victimization, helping these young people is especially important since teen dating violence can be a stepping stone toward adult intimate partner violence,” said Meredith Dank, a senior research associate in the Institute’s Justice Policy Center and one of the study’s lead authors.

Although a small number, the 18 transgender youth surveyed had the highest rates of victimization: 89 percent reported physical dating violence, 61 percent were sexually coerced, 59 percent experienced emotional abuse, and 56 percent recorded digital abuse and harassment.

The Urban Institute, based in Washington D.C., is a nonprofit, nonpartisan policy research and educational organization that examines the social, economic, and governance challenges facing the nation.

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22 more reader comments:

  1. Sadly, this doesn’t surprise me. Gay people seem to want to hurt each other more than the hate groups and others who hate us. Why would you do that, when you know what it’s like being gay. It hurts to see the statistics.

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:06pm
  2. Really? maybe because they aren't allowed to be who they are before they get thumped by hateful mates or family members.

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:19pm
  3. You....Mac are being so judgmental.

    Replied on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:26am
  4. Self-hatred is never pretty!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:07pm
  5. Straight people have it too.

    Replied on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:20pm
  6. And were these stats from all the RED FUCKED up STATES too? Such nonsense! Straight people are abusive too, men beating up women or even killing them, divorce rate like no other. We just don’t hear anything much on straight teens because it the norm of the day. Gay people are now free to even say they are gay w/o society and families treating them wrong. Someone should gaan klim terug in jou ma se poes!

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:16pm
  7. Though this is only comparing straight statistics to LGBT,i agree with you but i think that since it was posted on a LGBT page,it might open the eyes of those in such relationships and maybe become more self aware and self confident.It is true they do suffer much more and in ways that many cant imagine.I remember what its like to be told lies *i love you* but only to have them throw you in front of the bus,letting people know *yeah hes *different* and so many other cruel things.I dont see how it can mean being yourself in front of other LGBT because they are the most understanding to your feelings,but i think its speaking about how outside LGBT treats them when with them/knowing them.in a nut shell,its to say that non LGBT,treat non LGBT 80% better then non and LGBT but the LGBT arent really given the chance to show their true self to Non,so it is pretty clear.

    Replied on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 1:01am
  8. I havent read the whole report but i also know that they are more a victim by those who interact with them,not exactly to them selves.I also know for a fact that its VERY hard to find a true loving person as a transgender.They suffer the worst abuse as they are put on display,sexually taken advantage of and also mocked before the others friends and family.Aka they deal with fetish based people and NOT true love.Not saying its NOT out there but every transgender has suffered with it through out their time.I wonder when people will start being treated as human beings,not an object or an animal

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:19pm
  9. I agree. I see discrimination inside the gay community where transgender people are concerned. The "pass for straights" dislike effeminate gays, who are just people. Gay men hating on lesbians. It is sad, when all of us need support.

    Replied on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:54pm
  10. I agree.As far as the community its self,there is also a higher rate of hate toward and with other trans* folk.The level of feminism versus masculinity,is a near deal breaker.I have seen myself MtF's hating on FtM's because of the plain fact they are male and the hatred was so deep that it makes one sick.It made me wonder why these people transitioned.Was it out of just plan hate and disgust for any man? (not saying all MtF's but those who show hate) No one judges my life or my transition.I wont go into alot of the foul things i have seen said or done but it really makes you wonder why people insist on fighting against someone who IS on their side.and even the same group? something needs to give and if it doesnt,we WILL fall prey to the true enemy.Those against our human rights.and thats not even going into the emotional/love aspect.I hope that the entire community can work together as friends but also be much smarter and confident when picking a mate/interacting with family.Love those who love you and walk away from those who only hold you back and hurt you.

    Replied on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 5:29pm
  11. It is not self hatred, it is trying for love.

    Posted on Friday, September 6, 2013 at 11:19pm
  12. doesn’t seem too reliable… but i’m pretty aware all relationships aren’t perfect

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:11am
  13. It only takes a decade of this shit before a community realizes it needs to change itself.

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:08am
  14. SICK

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:26am
  15. Maybe it is because many LGBTQ people who are young date older and they are abused?

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 2:46am
  16. oh

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 3:42am
  17. Sometimes folks who have been oppressed for far too long get desperate and accept just ANYTHING when it comes to “love” and relationships. A badly-damaged self-esteem can also “break your people-picker”.

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:41am
  18. Dislike

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 12:03pm
  19. It could be because we face higher degrees of stress in general just by being a marginalized group. Increased stress is strongly correlated with domestic strife.

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 4:53pm
  20. Study does not sound in depth…

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 6:08pm
  21. WHEN MY DAUGHTER ANNOUNCED HER SEXUALITY——-I HAD SOME ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE.A PARADIME SHIFT.SHE ASKED IF I NEEDED COUNSELING TO ACCEPT/COPE WITH THE REVELATION. IT WAS NOT A REVELATION,I WAS SURE BUT WAITED FOR HER TO BE SECURE ENOUGH TO SPEAK OUT,,,,,,,,,,,MY CONCERNS WERE FOR HER SAFETY! I KNEW SHE WOULD FACE SEVERE ANAMOSITY AND POSSIBLY PHYSICAL ASSULTS ,,,,,,,,,I WAS TERRIFIED. SHE FORMED A LARGE GROUP OF FRIENDS,THEY WENT TOGETHER TO EVENTS AND WERE CAREFUL NOT TO BE OUT ALONE—-IT’S BEEN WONDERFUL FOR MY PEACE OF MIND.HER FRIENDS HAVE OFTEN COME TO OUR HOME AND DISCUSSED THE ACCEPTANCE THEY FEEL FROM HER DAD AND ME-WE ACCEPT THEIR SEXUALITY WITHOUT JUDGEMENT TOO =(WHY WOULDN’T WE)??? OFTEN THEY ARE NOT ACCEPTED BY THEIR FAMLIES/FRIENDS.

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 8:44pm
  22. Hell not to even mention dating in the transgender world

    Posted on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at 9:27pm