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Public Health


Oralia Loza


Background: Sexual minority women (SMW) are at high risk for health disparities in response to discrimination and stigma. Sexual victimization (SV) in campus settings is a common issue impacting a majority of female students. Rates of sexual victimization and violence within relationships are higher among SMW compared to non-SMW. To date, only a few studies report sexual and family victimization among minority populations in a campus setting. Purpose: The purpose of this study is to describe the rates and relationships between sexual minority status, SV, and abusive relationships among Hispanic women on a University campus in a U.S.-Mexico border city. Methods: This is a secondary data analysis of data collected at a Hispanic serving institution (N=701) in the second wave of the Sexual Attitudes, Behaviors, and Experiences Study (SABES 2) during the fall semester of 2010. Descriptive statistics and bivariate associations SMW, SV, and abusive relationships were determined with appropriate univariate and bivariate statistics. Adjusted associations were determined using logistic regression. Significance and marginal significance were determined at alpha levels of 0.050 and 0.100, respectively. Results: Among 315 Hispanic women, 9.2% were sexual minorities with high rates for SV (39.2%), and abusive romantic (52.4%) or family relationships (49.7%). In this study, the rates of sexual victimization, family abuse, and romantic relationship abuse were higher for SMW compared to non-SMW. SMW experienced a higher median number of different perpetrators and higher rates of alcohol /drug involvement during incidences of SV, especially consumed by the victim.




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Mika Gehre