Posted by: the daily messenger | November 3, 2019

Battered Dykes and Lesbians

In this day and age, few people realize that domestic violence and abuse affects lesbian 
couples at a disproportionate rate to their gay and straight couple counterparts. As a society, 
we regularly attribute sex crimes as a predominantly male offense, but a study published by 
the University of Houston-Downtown titled “Sexual coercion in gay/lesbian relationships: 
descriptive and gender differences,” found that up to 50% of lesbian victims experienced 
sexual abuse from a female partner. To the surprise of absolutely no one, multiple studies 
found that as few as 1 in 4 and  as many as 9 in 10 lesbian couples reported psychological 
abuse occurring at least one time during their relationships.

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