Gay men, bisexual women face greater risk of domestic violence

A few things (just a few?) need much greater attention, in my opinion.  One of them is the acceptance in our culture of prison sexual assault (prison rape jokes have long been a staple of sitcoms, and a recent promo for “Two Broke Girls” included a joke about men hanging themselves with their belts in prison (despite it being common knowledge for anyone but sitcom writers that prisoners are not allowed belts; while not a rape joke, it was just as bad). Another is the existence of domestic violence among same-sex couples. There seems to be a desire in our culture to pretend gay men do not harm each other, that “we don’t do that”, and we certainly don’t talk about it. Let’s change that. – Mark/Editor

From The Williams Institute:

LOS ANGELES—Bisexual women and gay men face elevated risks of intimate partner violence according to a new report by Naomi G. Goldberg, MPP and Ilan H. Meyer, PhD, Senior Scholar for Public Policy at the Williams Institute published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

“As Congress considers reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act and we reflect on Domestic Violence Awareness Month, our report’s findings highlight that these issues also impact the LGBT community,” said Naomi G. Goldberg.

The authors report on analysis of data from a representative sample of California adults.  Key findings include:

-  Bisexual women had elevated risks of experiencing intimate partner violence compared with heterosexual women, lesbians and women who have sex with women over the course of the lives and in the past year.  But, significantly, in 95% of intimate partner violence annual incidents reported by bisexual women, the perpetrator was a male intimate partner, indicating that the violence occurred outside a same-sex relationship.

- Gay men had elevated risk of experiencing intimate partner violence compared with heterosexual and bisexual men, and men who have sex with men but do not identify as gay or bisexual.  Almost all (97%) of the annual incidents of intimate partner violence incidents occurring to male victims involved a male intimate partner.

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