Nearly half (45.5 percent) of bi residents and a third of lesbians and gays (33.6 percent) told health officials they had been the victim of sexual violence at some point in their lives compared to 8.7 percent of straight residents.
“Sexual violence is rooted in the inequities of our society and disproportionately hurts those who have been pushed to the margins,” Turner Bitton, executive director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault, told NewNowNext. “Utah communities are counting on us to ensure that everyone is included in prevention efforts.”
The findings align with results from similar studies, including the Centers for Disease Control’s National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.
A study from the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that nearly half of all transgender people have experienced sexual assault or abuse.
This was the first time Utah health officials included men in a survey about sexual assault. They found that, overall, one in ten adults in the state reported being victims of sexual violence.