Highlights: 2010 Findings on Victimization by Sexual Orientation
Intimate Partner Violence:
• Among women who experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking in the context of an intimate relationship, the majority of bisexual and heterosexual women (89.5% and 98.7%, respectively) reported only male perpetrators while self-identified lesbians (67.4%) reported having only female perpetrators.
• Among men who experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in the context of an intimate relationship, most bisexual and heterosexual men (78.5% and 99.5%, respectively) reported having only female perpetrators, while the majority of self-reported gay men (90.7%) reported having only male perpetrators.
• More than one-third of lesbians (36.3%), over half of bisexual women (55.1%), and more than one-quarter of heterosexual women (29.8%) have been slapped, pushed, or shoved by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime.
• Approximately one-quarter of all men, regardless of sexual orientation reported being slapped, pushed, or shoved by an intimate partner at some point during their lifetime (24.0% gay men, 27.0% bisexual men, and 26.3% heterosexual men).
• Nearly 1 in 3 lesbians (29.4%), 1 in 2 bisexual women (49.3%), and 1 in 4 heterosexual women (23.6%) experienced at least one form of severe physical violence (e.g., hurt by pulling hair, hit with something hard, kicked, slammed against something, tried to hurt by choking or suffocating, beaten, burned on purpose, or had a knife or gun used against them) by an intimate partner in her lifetime.
• Severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime was reported by 16.4% of gay men and 13.9% of heterosexual men.
Lifetime Prevalence of Rape, Physical
Violence, and/or Stalking by an Intimate Partner
• Approximately 1 in 5 bisexual women (22.1%) and nearly 1 in 10 heterosexual women (9.1%) have been raped by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
Impact of Intimate Partner Violence:
• More than half of bisexual women (57.4%), a third of lesbians (33.5%), and more than a quarter of heterosexual women (28.2%) who experienced rape, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner reported at least one negative impact (e.g., missed at least one day of school or work, was fearful, was concerned for her safety, experienced at least one post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom).
• Approximately 1 in 8 lesbians (13.1%), nearly half of bisexual women (46.1%), and 1 in 6 heterosexual women (17.4%) have been raped in their lifetime. This translates to an estimated 214,000 lesbians, 1.5 million bisexual women, and 19 million heterosexual women.
• Almost half of bisexual women (48.2%) and more than a quarter of heterosexual women (28.3%) were first raped between the ages of 11 and 17 years.
• Nearly half of bisexual men (47.4%), 4 in 10 gay men (40.2%), and 1 in 5 heterosexual men (20.8%) have experienced sexual violence other than rape in their lifetime. This translates to nearly 1.1 million gay men, 903,000 bisexual men, and 21.6 million heterosexual men.
• Approximately 1 in 3 bisexual women (36.6%) and 1 in 6 heterosexual women (15.5%) have been stalked at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed. This translates to 1.2 million bisexual women and 16.8 million heterosexual women.
(copied and pasted from:
http://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/nisvs/SpecialReports.html - source of three files on report (including the one above)
http://www.cdc.gov/ViolencePrevention/NISVS/index.html - source of original files on the original detailed report - which was completed well before the report above was completed - both based upon the 2010 survey data