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Here at Hope's Landing we empower survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence and we are proud to stand with the LGBTQIA+ community.

Human trafficking targets marginalized groups, including the LGBTQIA+ community. In fact, LGBTQIA+ youths are one of the fastest-growing demographics of marginalized people in the United States. They face tremendous pressure and an increased risk of human trafficking. Homophobia, sex and gender discrimination, and other social stigmas make LGBTQIA+ community inordinately vulnerable to exploitation.

Research shows that LGBTQ members fall victim to domestic violence at equal or even higher rates compared to their heterosexual counterparts.

Here are some statistics about the LGBTQIA+ community and how domestic violence effects them.
  • 43.8% of lesbian women and 61.1% of bisexual women have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner at some point in their lifetime, as opposed to 35% of heterosexual women.
  • 26% of gay men and 37.3% of bisexual men have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner in their lifetime, in comparison to 29% of heterosexual men.
  • In a study of male same sex relationships, only 26% of men called the police for assistance after experiencing near-lethal violence.
  • Transgender victims are more likely to experience intimate partner violence in public, compared to those who do not identify as transgender.
  • Bisexual victims are more likely to experience sexual violence, compared to people who do not identify as bisexual.
Discrimination and its manifestations are one of the key reasons that people who identify as LGBTQIA+ can be especially vulnerable to human trafficking and domestic violence.
 
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