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LGB youth also showed significantly higher rates of dating violence compared to non-LGB youth.
Stories of school bullying and harassment are well-documented among LGBT youth.
“Dating Violence Experiences of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth” (abstract). What it’s about: This study from the Justice Policy Center at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC, think tank, explores dating violence and abuse among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teens.
Journal of Youth and Adolescence (online, July 2013).
Whether it is physical, emotional, or sexual abuse, it causes significant harm to those involved.
Not only does dating violence take place in person, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that dating violence can also take place electronically on social media or through text messaging.
In one of the only studies on LGBT teens, the Urban Institute reported in 2013 that transgender youth are the most vulnerable to dating violence with 89 percent reporting physical violence, 61 percent reporting sexual coercion and 59 percent reporting emotional abuse.