Violent Victimization by Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, 2017-2020   [open pdf - 599KB]

From the Document: "During the 4-year aggregate period of 2017 to 2020, the rates of violent victimization were significantly higher for persons age 16 or older who self-identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual than for those who identified as straight, according to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). Persons who identified as lesbian or gay experienced 43.5 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 16 or older, more than twice the rate among persons who identified as straight (19.0 per 1,000) [...]. Violent victimization includes rape or sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault. Based on 2017-20 population data from the NCVS, 1.4% of persons age 16 or older self-identified as being lesbian or gay and 0.7% identified as being bisexual. [...] The rate of violent victimization was significantly higher among bisexual persons (129.1 victimizations per 1,000 persons age 16 or older) than lesbian or gay persons (43.5 per 1,000) or persons who identified as straight (19.0 per 1,000) during 2017-20. Persons who identified as 'something else' experienced violent victimization at a higher rate (106.2 per 1,000) than lesbian or gay persons."

Report Number:
NCJ 304277; National Criminal Justice 304277
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Retrieved From:
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics: https://bjs.ojp.gov/
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