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Xavier Guadalupe-Diaz

In: Sexual Victimization: Then and Now

Chapter 10: Same-Sex Victimization and the LGBTQ Community

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Same-Sex Victimization and the LGBTQ Community
Same-sex victimization and the LGBTQ community

The general discussion on sexual violence in the United States has primarily focused on those victimizations occurring within the context of opposite-sex or heterosexual perpetration. As a result of the focus on sexual violence, rape, and sexual assault of women perpetrated by men, defining same-sex sexual violence has been problematic. Definitions of sexual violence serve multiple purposes, whether they are academic and research based, service oriented, legal, or criminal, and have therefore resulted in varying conceptualizations. For example, for the vast majority of American history, men were systematically excluded as potential rape victims in the legal definitions; it was not until the 1980s when states' statutory provisions began to include men as potential victims ...

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