Knowing the widespread scope of gender- and power-based violence is the first step to addressing it – but it’s certainly not the last. After reviewing the statistics below, please refer to the bottom of the site for action items that we can all take to address the root of the issue.
Nearly half (47%) of trans/gender-non conforming respondents were sexually assaulted at some point in their lifetime and one in ten (10%) were sexually assaulted in the past year. Respondents who have done sex work (72%), those who have experienced homelessness (65%), and people with disabilities (61%) were more likely to have been sexually assaulted in their lifetime (The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 2016).
74.9% of bisexual women, 46.4% of lesbians, and 43.3% of straight women have reported sexual violence (other than rape) during their lifetimes; 47.4% of bisexual men, 40.2% of gay men, and 20.8% of straight men have reported sexual violence (other than rape) in their lifetimes (National Sexual Violence Resource Center 2015).
Having been forced to have sexual intercourse was higher among gay, lesbian, and bisexual students (21.9%) than heterosexual students (5.4%) (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, 2017).
Nationwide, 7.4% of youth have been physically forced to have sexual intercourse in their lifetime. The prevalence rate for females was 11.3% and 3.5% for males. (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance, 2017).
Approximately 1 in 6 women (16.1% or an estimated 19.2 million women) and approximately 1 in 10 men (9.6% or an estimated 10.6 million men) experienced sexual coercion (e.g., being worn down by someone who repeatedly asked for sex, sexual pressure due to someone using their influence or authority) at some point in their lifetime (The National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 2015).
More than half (54%) of trans/gender-non conforming respondents experienced some form of intimate partner violence, including acts involving coercive control and physical harm (The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 2016).
Nearly one-quarter (24%) of trans/gender-non conforming respondents have experienced severe physical violence by an intimate partner, compared to 18% in the general U.S. population (The Report of the 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey, 2016).
Now that we are aware of these statistics, we must move beyond merely awareness. While awareness is the first piece to prevention, it is not the last – we must utilize this knowledge of gender- & power-based violence as a public health epidemic to energize us in the movement, and create actionable changes.