If you are bisexual or gay in Utah, you face a significantly higher risk of experiencing sexual violence than someone who is straight.
That’s one of several key findings from a newly released Utah Department of Health (UDOH) survey of about 10,000 Utah adults conducted in 2016, asking, among other questions, whether respondents had ever been raped or if someone had ever attempted to rape them.
One in 10 adults in the state — both men and women — said they had experienced sexual violence at least once, according to the report. The rate was considerably higher — 1 in 6 — for women.
Close to half of bisexual people and a third of lesbian or gay people surveyed reported experiencing sexual violence at some time in their life, compared to less than 9 percent for those who identify as straight, the report said.
Those results, despite being based on a relatively small sample size, are similar to previous national and state poll findings that sexual minorities are more likely to have been raped or faced an attempted rape, said Deanna Ferrell, a state Health Department violence and injury epidemiologist.
Other vulnerable groups appeared to be at greater risk of sexual violence as well, according to the survey, such as unemployed Utahns and those living in households earning less than $25,000 a year. Read more via Salt Lake Tribune