LGBT Youth and Dating Violence


Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) teenagers are at much greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual counterparts, according to a new study on teen dating violence.

Researchers at the Urban Institute analyzed data from a larger study on teen dating violence and technology, in order to examine abuse through the lens of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Nearly one in four LGBT youth — 23 percent — who took part in the study reported being the victims of sexual coercion, compared to 12 percent of heterosexual youth.

About six percent of 3,745 youth surveyed in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey identified as LGBTQ; 43 percent of LGBT teens reported being victims of physical dating violence, compared to 29 percent of heterosexual respondents.

Emotional abuse was reported by 59 of LGBT respondents, compared to 46 percent of heterosexual youth.

Read the full report HERE.

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