29 NOVEMBER, 2022
According to a recent study by the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law, LGBT people are almost four times more likely than non-LGBT people to be victims of violent victimisation, such as rape, sexual assault, and aggravated or simple assault. Additionally, LGBT people are more likely to suffer violence at the hands of a stranger than from a known aggressor.
Researchers looked at information from the 2017 National Crime Victimization Survey, which was the first survey of its kind to include information on respondents' sexual orientation and gender identity.
According to the findings, there were 71.1 victimizations of LGBT individuals for every 1,000 people in 2017, as opposed to 19.2 victimizations of non-LGBT people. With the exception of robbery, which revealed no discernible difference between LGBT and non-LGBT people, LGBT people had higher rates of serious violence victimisation.
According to lead author Andrew R. Flores, an Affiliated Scholar at the Williams Institute, "it is obvious that LGBT people are at a higher risk of violent victimization, but the question is why." "Anti-LGBT prejudice at home, work, or school is one likely reason, and it would make LGBT people particularly vulnerable to victimisation in many facets of daily life."
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