Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sexual preference and violence

People who are homosexual, bisexual or lesbian or who have had a same sex relationship in the past are 1.5 to 2x more likely to have experienced violent events during their childhood and have double the risk of experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder as a consequence of these events. Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health and the Children's Hospital, Boston used data from the National Epidemiological Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions and found that 48% of 'sexual minority' women and 28% of 'sexual minority' men experienced violence or abuse in childhood compared to 21% of women and 20% of men in the general population.

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