Bisexual Women Are Most At Risk For Sexual Assault

Study shows bisexual women are more vulnerable than other groups.

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

Campus assault is a major problem, and according to a study, it's even worse for bisexual women. According to the journal Violence and Gender, bisexual women are more vulnerable to campus sexual assault than any other group of students.

Nearly two in five bisexual women experience assault on campus. Compare this statistic to reportedly one in four heterosexual women, one in four gay and bisexual men, and one in eight heterosexual men. Violence and Gender's editor-in-chief and forensic behavioral specialist Mary Ellen O'Toole, PhD, said in a statement: "To really understand the breadth and depth of this problem, it is critical to understand the victimology of sexual assault, and that it includes all students, not just heterosexual females."

Kate Estrop, co-founder of the Bisexual Resource Center, tells Refinery29 that stereotypes around sexuality may play a role. "Bi folks are seen as greedy, sex-driven, unable to form committed relationships, and prone at any moment to change their minds about their attractions."

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are LGBTQ-friendly resources here.

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