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One of the most important lessons from the study, Rothman says, is that “medical professionals, teachers, parents, and others need to be aware that a high percentage of LGB people may have experienced a sexual violence trauma, either recently or in the past.

“It is not surprising to me to see increased rates of violence victimization among groups with fewer rights in society, or who experience more discrimination,” she says.Currently, only a few agencies in the state offer prevention and counseling to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who have been assaulted.Rothman’s study did not include transgender people.The gay sample size is way smaller, and when you actually look at the scientific paper it states 2/3 gay subjects came from non-probability samples (often gay bars, etc)…and of course people who frequent bars are more likely to report this.According to the article “With some exceptions, studies using non-probability samples reported higher sexual assault prevalence rates than did population-based or census sample studies.Our organization showcases the diversity of the students, faculty, and staff at the medical campus and joins the network of many other lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA ) organizations within the Boston University system and surrounding community.

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A new study led by School of Public Health researchers has found that across 75 different research reports, lesbian and bisexual women may be up to 3 times as likely as heterosexual women to report having been sexually assaulted in their lifetime, and gay men appear to be about 15 times as likely as heterosexual men to report the same.

The study, which appears in the current issue of Trauma, Violence and Abuse, is the first to systematically review and analyze the results of research investigating sexual violence against lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) people, according to lead author Emily Rothman, an SPH associate professor of community health sciences.

“As they develop these programs, and propose policies to deter the perpetration of violence against GLB youth, the prevalence of sexual violence against these youth would be critical to consider,” say Rothman and her coauthors.

Read the full study on the Trauma, Violence and Abuse website. 7 Comments I am questioning if this has a large sampling bias.

Chedekel for downplaying the Transgender community in this article.