Sexual Minority High School Boys’ and Girls’ Risk of Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Bullying

Annelise Mennicke, Heather M. Bush, Candace Brancato, Ann L. Coker

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Abstract

We report the prevalence and number of violent events of sexual violence, sexual harassment, stalking, and bullying experienced among sexual minority girls, sexual minority boys, heterosexual girls, and heterosexual boys. We conducted covariate-adjusted analyses of variance on 16,243 high school youth from 13 schools in Kentucky. Sexual minority boys and girls and heterosexual girls had higher rates of all forms of violence compared with heterosexual boys, but rates of violence between sexual minority girls and boys were statistically equivalent. Prevention and intervention programs must incorporate elements of minority stress theory to disrupt heterosexist norms that contribute to violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1361-1378
Number of pages18
JournalViolence Against Women
Volume27
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Data collection was supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Cooperative Agreement 5U01CE001675. Manuscript preparation was supported, in part, by the National Center for Injury and Violence Prevention and Control of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention under award number K01CE003160.

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2020.

Keywords

  • bullying
  • gender
  • sexual harassment
  • sexual minority youth
  • sexual violence
  • stalking
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Law

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