Lesbian, gay, and bisexual people are more likely to be victims of revenge porn

Revenge porn in general is a terrifying concept, but there’s something particularly scary about the recent findings that suggest LGB people are most effected by revenge porn. Ugh, seriously 2016, you are unrelenting with your facts.

A study from The Center for Innovative Public Health Research found that 4 percent of the population (which is still way more than I would’ve thought) have been victims of revenge porn. But then, when you go to look at the number of LGB people who have been victimized this way, the number jumps to 17 percent. 17 percent!!! From 4 percent! Come on. Like LGB people don’t have enough to worry about already.

The study also found that 15 percent of LGB people have had someone threaten to share nude or semi-nude photos or videos of them without their consent, which is a much higher number than their straight counterparts, only 2 percent of whom said the same. Seven percent of LGB users had someone straight up share the photo of them, compared with just 2 percent of straight people.

Amanda Lenhart, of the Data & Society Research Institute, told Pink News of the bizarre gap in the numbers: “Nonconsensual pornography can have a devastating and lasting impact on victims, so it’s vital that we understand how common this is and who is affected.”

She added, “Our findings show that particular groups, such as young adults and lesbian, gay, and bisexual Americans – are not only much more likely to be victims of nonconsensual pornography, but are more likely to experience a range of online harassment and abuse. This includes other types of privacy violations, such as having their online or phone activity monitored, or having their passwords stolen or coerced by others.”

Great, so now not only are bisexuals more likely to be raped or abused than straight women, they’re also in a group with people who are more likely to be victims of revenge porn. I’m guessing all those bisexuals are just doing it for the fun, fun attention though, right? Or because they just can’t make up their mind? Or maybe it’s because, hey, who doesn’t want to be in a club where you’re more likely to face abuse? Ugh.

It’s hard to know why there’s this vast difference in those numbers, though Pink News speculates that it could be due to people’s fear of being outed, which could definitely be a factor, because that would mean the revenge porn is somewhat two-fold. The person is shown in a sexual or compromising situation revealed that they’re not straight, even though they may present to the world that way for whatever reason.

Either way, god help us in 2017.