According to a new report from the United Nations, bisexual women are at the highest risk for sexual violence.
The report looked at violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and was presented at the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
“Research reveals that bisexual persons are more prone than lesbian or gay persons to experience intimate partner violence, with shocking rates of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, rape, and sexual assault,” the report claimed.
It showed that 61 percent of bisexual women and 37 percent of bisexual men reported rape, physical violence and/or stalking. Not only are LGBT people at a higher risk of both sexual and physical violence, but 46 percent of bisexual women have been raped — more than their gay and lesbian peers.
“Violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender diversity exists throughout the world,” the report concluded. “To address violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, States must adopt a combination of laws, policies and other measures tailored to the specific context, taking into consideration how each community is distinctly affected and how other factors may have a negative impact on the vulnerability of the persons concerned.”
They also recommend countries repeal laws that criminalize “same-sex relations, gender identity or expression, and statements of publications or actions that discuss or refer to the identity or expressions of lesbian, bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming persons.”