According to the latest CDC study, LGBTQ adolescents are more prone to be bullied, attacked, or raped than their heterosexual counterparts. The US Government sponsored study states that more efficient protection measures should be adopted.
The director of the HIV/AIDS, STD, Viral Hepatitis and TB Prevention National Center at the CDC declared that with a little more general education on the way in which the LGBTQ community works, the overall number of violent behavior towards its members would drop.
“These tragic disparities call for accelerated action by public health and education agencies, communities, and families to protect the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual youth,” Mermin declared.
He added that a better assessment of the problem is crucial when it comes to protecting the well-being and health of over a million of gay, lesbian, and bisexual high schoolers.
The cited CDC report found that gay and lesbian high school students presented more chances of being raped, bullied, or harassed.
According to the numbers: LGBTQ adolescents have 18 percent chances of being raped compared to 5 percent in the case of heterosexual teenagers. Moreover, 23 percent were registered to have experienced at least one episode of a violent sexual encounter as opposed to 9 percent. School bullying levels were also much higher for gay or lesbian teens, 34 percent compared to 19 percent, and online bullying scores were 28 percent versus 14 percent.
The report also showed that the risk of poor school performance, addiction, depression, and suicide were also increased in the case of the LGBTQ adolescents.
More than 40 percent of LBBTQ teens considered committing suicide, 29 percent actually attempting to take their life in the past year. Furthermore, more than 60 people admitted having felt hopeless or sad and stopped engaging in their usual activities.
What is even more concerning is that 10 percent of the respondents declared that they missed school in the last month for fear of their own safety.
Moreover, the interviewed students were up to five times more prone to illegal drug use than the heterosexual students that participated in the study.
“Tragically, when young people face multiple types of violence or other adverse events in childhood, especially in the absence of support from family, peers, and communities, the consequences can be life-threatening.”
The entire study can be found in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The paper was published on August 12th.
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