Monday, April 26, 2010
A Harvard study reveals news we are way too familiar with:
Researchers at Harvard School of Public Health and Children’s Hospital found that gays, bisexuals and heterosexuals who have had a same-sex partner are 1 to two times as likely to experience violence, especially in childhood, and have double the risk of experiencing PTSD as a result.
“It’s really appalling,” said lead author Andrea Roberts, a postdoctoral fellow in epidemiology at Harvard.
The researchers cite several factors behind the increased rates of victimization and PTSD, including:
Hate crimes (almost one-third of sexual minority adults in the U.S. report being victims of such a crime), Gender non-conforming behavior in childhood, which increases risk of being bullied, and Social isolation and discrimination.