• Sun, Jan 27 2013

Nearly Half Of Bisexual Women Have Experienced Sexual Violence

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When we see domestic violence and rape statistics, we are almost always shown them in groups divided by gender, income, age or race. These are all important factors to look at, as they can be extremely telling about which people are being targeted more than others. However, it’s rare that people talk about sexual orientation when it comes to rape, possibly because sexual assault has so little to do with orientation (since it’s a crime of power, not sex). In the first nationwide one its kind, a study by the CDC has been released examining the links between sexuality and sexual violence.

The study, which interviewed about 9,700 women, showed rather unsettling results: 61.1% of bisexual females had experienced rape, physical violence or stalking by a partner in their lifetimes, while 43.8% of lesbians and 35% of straight women had experienced one of the three. Even worse, nearly half of bisexual women had been raped at some point in their lives. 46.1%. Forty-six point one per cent.

As for straight and lesbian women, the numbers are also extremely high (well, anything over zero is obviously too much), with 14.7% and 13.1%, respectively. Additionally, bisexual women were more likely to experience the aftereffects of domestic violence, as 57.4% had missed work or shown symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, while 28.2% of straight women and 33.5% of lesbians reported similarly. Bisexual women who experienced domestic violence were mostly harmed by men, with 89.5% stating that the perpetrator had been male.

While these results are startling and extremely depressing, it is definitely a good thing that this research was done. Mikel Walters, one of the behavioral researchers at the CDC said that “hopefully this research will spur more research” that may assist people who experience these types of violence as well as figure out more ways in which to prevent it.

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