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Principal Investigators and Research Partners: 
  • Paul Sterzing, Principal Investigator
Summary and Findings: 

SpeakOut will identify sexual and gender minority youth's rate of exposure to more than 40 different forms of victimization across family, peer, school, online and community contexts.

The study will interview 760 sexual and gender minority youth between the ages of 14-19 years old utilizing an online survey advertised through Facebook and LGBTQ youth organizations from across the country. This study will be the first to provide a comprehensive examination of their victimization experiences across these different contexts and perpetrators. In addition, the study will examine different family experiences (e.g., homo/trans-positivity, homo/trans-negativity, violence, and non-violent adversity) that may place some sexual and gender minority youth at lower or higher risk of becoming polyvictimized (i.e., experiencing five or more unique forms of violence each year). The long-term goals of the project are to inform new policies, practices, and interventions that endeavor to prevent and reduce rates of victimization for this adolescent population. 


National Institute of Justice