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Violence in the Streets: Anti-Lesbian Assault and Harassment in San Francisco (From Hate Crimes: Confronting Violence Against Lesbians and Gay Men, P 65-82, 1992, Gregory M Herek and Kevin T Berrill, eds. -- See NCJ-134558)

NCJ Number
B von Schulthess
Date Published
18 pages
This paper reports on a study that documented the nature and extent of violence against lesbians in San Francisco and discusses the unique features of anti-lesbian violence.
The sample consisted of 400 self-identified lesbian (94 percent) and bisexual (6 percent) women in San Francisco. The survey instrument was a self-administered 2-page questionnaire. Respondents who indicated they had experienced some sort of anti-lesbian violence were asked to provide information on the type of assault, the location of the incident, the injuries they suffered, medical treatment they received, other assistance received, and whether or not they reported the incident to the police. The survey was conducted in the fall of 1989. Based on the data from the survey, the study concluded that violence against lesbians is widespread in San Francisco. Also, anti-lesbian violence is closely related to violence against women in general. The respondents report that they responded to the violence by limiting their right to be themselves and to socialize with others in public. 1 table, 10 references, and appended questionnaire items


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