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1 in 3 gay men are abused

Domestic violence, especially against women, is well known (by the way, it’s still Domestic Violence Awareness Month!), but thinking about it in terms of a same sex couple, here specifically a gay couple, is not exactly in our minds yet.

Well, a new study from the University of Illionois at Chicago show that 1 in 3 gay men in relationships are either verbally abused, physically abused or sexually abused. And it can be seen that there are correlations between women abuse and this abuse.

As with women, poorly educated and low-income men were more likely to be victims. However, minorities did not show higher rates of abuse. Like women, men who were depressed, mentally ill or abusing drugs were far more likely to be victims. And victims were more likely to engage in unprotected sex.

The only problem is, as the article points out, is that there are few places that men can turn to for help. There are women’s shelters and people are more likely to believe that they’re being abused, while gay men don’t have those outlets. Same sex couples are still not considered the societal “norm”, therefore making them easily ignorable.

  1. October 31, 2007 at 1:43 am

    When my partner and I broke up I worried that getting a restraining order would be difficult. I worried that they wouldn’t take me seriously, that there would be no real laws to back me up for domestic violence. It’s a legit concern for gays. Same sex violence gets overlooked, ignored or they simply don’t know what to do because there is no precedence for action. I was fortunate in that she backed off. I didn’t have to seek legal action but man, in my state the thought made me want to curl up in a ball and cry. I felt foolish and silly for wanting a protective order in the first place but then to know how hard it would be to get one for a same sex partner made it even worse.


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