Sexual Assault Awareness Month: LGTBQIA+

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In honor of that, I’m going to post a series of blog posts this month about different statistics and areas of sexual assault. If you haven’t already, check out my first blog on the subject, introducing the topic and some its key points.

Today, I’m going to share statistics and resources that relate to the LGTBQIA+ community.

Did you know that members of the community are more likely to be sexually assaulted, harassed, and raped?

According to the Human Rights Campaign, members of the LGTBQIA+ community face higher risks of poverty, stigma, and marginalization, which can all contribute to a higher risk of sexual assault.

I found the following statistics from the HRC really bothersome:

  • 44% of lesbians and 61% of bisexual women experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 35% of heterosexual women

  • 26% of gay men and 37% of bisexual men experience rape, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner, compared to 29% of heterosexual men

  • 46% of bisexual women have been raped, compared to 17% of heterosexual women and 13% of lesbians

  • 22% of bisexual women have been raped by an intimate partner, compared to 9% of heterosexual women

  • 40% of gay men and 47% of bisexual men have experienced sexual violence other than rape, compared to 21% of heterosexual men

  • The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey found that 47% of transgender people are sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime.
  • Among people of color, American Indian (65%), multiracial (59%), Middle Eastern (58%), and Black (53%) respondents of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey were most likely to have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime

  • Nearly half (48 percent) of bisexual women who are rape survivors experienced their first rape between ages 11 and 17.

These numbers are extremely high, but, as a society, we tend to gloss over the struggles of different communities. I want everyone to know that this is a problem.

When we discuss sexual assault, we tend to discuss the white, heterosexual female’s story. Of course, those stories need to be told, but I think it’s really important to remember that there are so many other people that are experiencing sexual assault and the difficulties that follow it: people of color, people of different sexual orientations or gender identities, etc. Their stories deserve to be told as well.

Important resources:



4 thoughts on “Sexual Assault Awareness Month: LGTBQIA+

  1. Shelby, Thank you for this series and thank you for this post. It is really important we focus on sexual assault and we focus on the many people who can be victims of it. It’s alarming how incredibly high many of the percentages you shared were. It’s tragic topics such as this one still need awareness and haven’t been solved.

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