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Sexual Violence Impacts Sexual and Ethnic Minority Women The Most: What Can We Do?

Sexual violence in the United States (i.e. rape and other forms of sexual assault) is a public health crisis disproportionately affecting women, particularly women who are from underrepresented groups such as sexual minority and ethnic and racial minority women. In the U.S., 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence including rape (Muehlenhard et al., 2017). In separate studies, 75% of bisexual women (Walters et al., 2013) and 85% of sexual minority and two-spirit Native American and Alaskan Native women reported they have experienced sexual violence at least once in their lives (Lehavot et al., 2010). The trauma from experiencing sexual violence is linked to poorer mental health, partic

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