WASHINGTON — LGBT teens are at a much greater risk of dating abuse than their straight counterparts with trans teens being especially vulnerable, an Urban Institute report released last week shows.
“Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth” is one of the first studies of dating violence examined through the lens of sexual orientation, researchers said. It found victims are more likely to be female or transgender and are also more likely to be depressed, have lower grades, have committed delinquent acts and have a history of sexual activity, the report said.
Researchers studied 3,745 youth in grades seven through 12 in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Six percent identified as LGBT. Of the LGB respondents, 43 percent reported dating violence compared to 29 percent of straights, 59 percent reported emotional abuse compared to 46 percent of straights, 37 percent reported digital abuse and harassment compared to 26 percent of straights and 23 percent reported sexual coercion compared to 12 percent of straight respondees.
Only 18 trans youth were surveyed but they had the highest rates of victimization — 89 percent reported physical dating violence, 61 percent were sexually coerced, 59 percent had been emotionally abused and 56 percent reported digital abuse and harassment, the study found.