By David Lee on August 11, 2016 · tagged as ,

Lesbian, gay, and bisexual high school students experience high rates of violence

sexual identityToday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12 – United States and Selected Sites, 2015 that gave data showing  that lesbian, gay and bisexual students experience physical and sexual violence and bullying at levels multiple times higher than that of their heterosexual peers.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual students reported the following:

  • Being forced to have sex (18% LGB vs. 5% heterosexual)
  • Sexual dating violence (23% LGB vs. 9% heterosexual)
  • Physical dating violence (18% LGB vs. 8% heterosexual)
  • Being bullied at school or online (at school: 34% LGB vs. 19% heterosexual; online: 28% LGB vs. 14% heterosexual)

This is first nationally representative data on the health risks of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) high school students drawing data from the national 2015 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).

PreventConnect has had several web conferences and podcast on how to develop prevention efforts that address LBGTQ populations and homophobia, including:

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David S. Lee, MPH, is the Director of Prevention Services at the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault where he provides training and technical assistance on prevention. David manages the national project PreventConnect, an online community of violence against women prevention practitioners, funders, researchers and activists. For over 27 years David has worked in efforts to end domestic violence and sexual assault.

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