CDC Finds Bisexual Women Report More Abuse

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A disturbing report shows that women who identify as bisexual in the United States are more likely to find themselves victims of domestic violence of some kinds compared to their lesbian or heterosexual counterparts.

The study by the Centers of Disease Control was released on Friday and said that women who show they are attracted to either gender have found high rates of abuse by a sexual partner, experienced sexual violence or found themselves being stalked.

The report also found that overall lifetime levels of sexual and physical violence among lesbians and gay men were equal to or higher than those of heterosexuals.

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden reported that about 61 percent of bisexual women reported some incident of rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner, compared with about 43 percent of lesbian women and 35 percent of heterosexual women.

The 90 percent of those bisexual women who had experienced intimate partner violence had only male perpetrators, while two-thirds of lesbian victims had only female perpetrators.

About half (48 percent) of female bisexual victims and about 28 percent of female heterosexual victims suffered their first rape between the ages of 11 and 17 years, according to the study, which was based on 2010 data from the U.S. National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey.

For more information about Domestic Violence go to the American Psychiatric Association site: http://www.psychiatry.org/domestic-violence

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Mike Szymanski

Mike Szymanski has written about bisexual issues since 1989 and has one of the longest-running regular bisexual columns as the National Bisexuality Examiner. He came out as bisexual in a cover story of Genre magazine, which resulted in more than 50 television appearances, including Ricki Lake, Phil Donahue Show and 20/20. Szymanski won the Lambda Literary Award in 2007 for co-authoring an informative humor book “The Bisexual’s Guide to the Universe: Quips, Tips and Lists for Those Who Go Both Ways.”

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