Gay couples as sexually violent as hetero ones

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Federal health officials crunched the numbers and proved something we already sensed was true: Lesbians and gay men are victims of domestic and sexual violence at least as much as straight folks. How nice for us. Intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking happens among Atlanta’s LGBT population more often than we might like to admit. In the shower. In the bathroom. With flops flops and a shotgun. In the bedroom. With fists. Or a box cutter. And on the phone. But officials with the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control & Prevention extracted numbers from 2010 data in their National Intimate Partner & Sexual Violence Survey to take a closer look at violence among gay and lesbian partners. The CDC released the results on Friday: • Some 26% of gay men and 43.8% of lesbians experienced intimate partner violence. For bisexuals, the numbers are higher -- women (61.1%) and men (37.3%). That compares to 29% of straight men and 35% of heterosexual women. • 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. • Of the bisexual women who experienced intimate partner violence, approximately 90 percent reported having only male perpetrators, while two -thirds of lesbians reported having only female perpetrators of intimate partner violence. • Data in the report do not indicate whether violence occurs more often in same-sex couples or opposite couples. “We know that violence affects everyone, regardless of sexual orientation. This report suggests that lesbians, gay men and bisexuals in this country suffer a heavy toll of sexual violence and stalking committed by an intimate partner,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden says in a prepared statement. “While intervening and providing services are important, prevention is equally critical.” No mention in the report how often the pets become part of the domestic violence. But it happens. In the oven.

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