Infographic about Sexual Minority Youth Data

Sexual Minority Youth Data.

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Violence is real for young people especially lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) youth.

High school students reported they skipped school at least once because of feeling unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.

6% of Heterosexual students, 10% of LGB students and 11% students unsure of their sexuality skipped school at least once due to feeling unsafe at school or on their way to or from school (during the 12 months before the survey).

While off school grounds, 23% of heterosexual students, 28% of LGB students and 20% students unsure of their sexuality they were in a physical fight (during the 12 months before the survey).

While off school grounds, 6% of heterosexual students, 17% of LGB students and 14% students unsure of their sexuality experienced physical dating violence (in the 30 days before the survey).

While off school grounds, 13% of heterosexual students, 27% of LGB students and 22% students unsure of their sexuality were cyber bullied via social media, email, online chat rooms, instant messaging websites, or texting (during the 12 months before the survey).

It could be someone you KNOW.TEACH.LOVE.

28% of heterosexual students, 63% of LGB students and 46% students unsure of their sexuality felt sad or hopeless (during the 12 months before the survey).

Prevention is possible!

Be the change in your community.

Be a mentor or tutor.

Volunteer at schools and in your community.

Model how to respond nonviolently to conflict, stress, and fear.

Notice good choices and praise them.

Prevent minors from getting unsupervised access to firearms.

Help prevent bullying and sexual harassment.

Ensure school staff care about who students are and what they learn.

Start or join a youth violence prevention coalition.

Safe and supportive relationships and environments improve education, safety, and health for all youth.

www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention

www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth

For the 2017 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 14, 956 questionnaires were completed in 144 public and private schools.

Page last reviewed: February 28, 2019