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Violence Against Lesbians, Gays Twice The Straight Victim Rate


The rate of violent victimization of lesbian or gay people (43.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 16 or older) was more than two times the rate for straight persons between 2017 and 2020, the Bureau of Justice Statistics says in a new report. The rate was 43.5 victimizations of lesbians or gays per 1,000 persons age 16 or older, compared with 19 per 1,000 for straight people.


The rate of violent victimization against transgender persons (51.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 16 or older) was 2.5 times the rate among cisgender persons (20.5 per 1,000). About 58 percent of violent victimizations of lesbian or gay persons were reported to police. Domestic violence was eight times as high among bisexual persons (32.3 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 16 or older) and more than twice as high among lesbian or gay persons (10.3 per 1,000) than it was among straight persons (4.2 per 1,000).

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