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Sexual violence against marginalized groups

Sexual and LGBT violence

Sexual violence rates for gay and bisexual men are comparable to or higher than for heterosexuals. Hate crime is a number of sexual assaults against LGBTQ people.

For cisgender women, rape is contagious for life:

  • for bisexual women 46%.

  • 13% lesbian.

  • 17% for heterosexual women.

Statistics on rape among cisgender men are limited.

The lifetime prevalence rate of sexual harassment other than rape is:

  • 47% for bisexual men.

  • 40% for homosexuals.

  • 21% heterosexual men.

About 64% of transgender people will experience sexual abuse in their lives. These statistics include transgender people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Transgender youth are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence. In a 2011 survey, 12% of transgender youth said they were sexually assaulted by a coworker or education staff at school.

Silhouette with a rainbow umbrella as a person looks at an empty field. Sex crimes in the LGBTQ community often go unreported. Survivors may be afraid to reveal their gender identity or sexual orientation to others. They may not trust the justice system for their protection. Survivors may also fear inciting further violence.

Like other survivors, LGBTIs are often stigmatized after reporting sexual assault. Discrimination in the health care system can prevent survivors from receiving care. Friends and family may believe stereotypes about LGBTQ people and blame the victim. in cases of family violence Members of the local LGBTQ community may refuse to trust survivors or prosecute perpetrators.

LGBTQ people who have experienced sexual violence can seek help from a therapist. Mental health professionals may not disclose personal information to others. Therapy is a secret place where you can find non-judgmental support.

Race / ethnicity and sexual attack

In the US, certain races and ethnicities are more likely to experience sexual violence. According to the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS), the lifetime prevalence of rape is:

9.5% of women from the Asian / Pacific Islands

15.0% of Hispanic women

19.9% White women / American Indian / Alaska Native Women

31.8% Multiracial Women

Racism may increase the risk of sexual assault in racial / ethnic minorities. Many colored people are portrayed as “strange” and hypersexual beings. As such, survivors are more likely to be labeled as “interested” participants. Sexual assaults against whites are often punished more severely than assaults on people of color.

Thus, people of color are much less likely to report their sexual harassment. Some people may not trust the justice system to treat them fairly. Others may be afraid of “betraying” their community by disclosing personal information. In some cases, cultural values create additional stigma for those who speak. These factors can prevent survivors from seeking mental health treatment.

Sexual abuse of children

Sexual abuse of children can take many forms. It can be a stranger or a loved one. Children do not need to be touched for sexual harassment. Acts of voyeurism, such as watching the baby undress or bathe. This is sexual harassment. Adults who expose their genitals to children are also doing something wrong.

An adult who sexually abuses children may in some cases experience sexual attraction to children. But sexual attraction does not necessarily mean harassment. Often an abuser abuses a child to gain power over him.

Sexual abuse of children is common. United States:

44% of victims of sexual assault are under the age of 18.

  • Children are most often sexually abused by children between the ages of 7 and 13.

  • One of ten American children are abused before the age of 18.

  • Among sexually abused children, 20% are sexually abused before the age of 8 years.

Children who are abused, although normal, do not always report it immediately. This may be due in part to the power of the offender over the child.

  • Up to 93% of children who have been sexually abused know their attackers well. The perpetrator often threatens or manipulates the child to prevent him from revealing the abuse. More than a third of drug addicts belong to a child’s family.

  • 73% of targeted children do not report abuse for a year or more.

  • 45% of targeted children do not notice abuse until at least five years have passed.

Although child sexual abuse can be difficult to detect, it can be detected. If a child exhibits any of the following warning signs, they may be cause for concern:

  • Torn or dirty underwear

  • Frequent urinary tract or yeast infections

  • Nightmares and sleep anxiety

  • Bedwetting after age

  • Preoccupation with own body

  • Anger and tantrums

  • Depression and withdrawn mood

  • Age-inappropriate sexual knowledge or behavior

The above signs are not necessarily evidence that a child has been sexually abused. Children may exhibit this behavior due to another problem. However, you do not need proof to report child abuse. Finding evidence is the task of child protection. Reporting abuse requires only a “reasonable suspicion” that the abuse occurred.

Reporting sexual abuse can help prevent children from developing mental health problems into adulthood. People who have been sexually abused as children have a higher risk of drug abuse or eating and eating problems. They are also more often sexually abused in adulthood.