Sexual assault can happen to people of all walks of life, and LGBTQ+ youth can be especially vunerable.
According to the 2019 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey:
- LGBT students are three times more likely to have been forced to have sexual contact in their lifetime.
- Transgender students are more likely to experience physical, emotional, and sexual violence compared to cisgender students.
- 28% of trans students have dated someone who physically hurt them on purpose (vs 8% of cisgender).
- 41% of trans students have ever been forced to have sexual contact vs 11% of cisgender.
*Cisgender: those whose identify with the gender they were assigned at birth.
The National Sexual Violence Resource center provides information and resources to prevent sexual violence: https://www.nsvrc.org/saam/2021/preventionresources