UK’s LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth Report High Levels Of Family Abuse

UK’s LGBTQ+ Homeless Youth Report High Levels Of Family Abuse

According to a new report, one in six homeless LGBTQ+ youth in the United Kingdom were sexually abused by a family member before they experienced homelessness.

British LGBTQ youth homelessness charity AKT released the results of its annual survey last week. 

Out of 161 respondents, the survey found one in six (16 percent) were forced to do sexual acts against their will by family members before they became homeless, and the same number had experienced this with a romantic partner.

AKT said almost one-fifth of LGBTQ+ young people felt like they had to have casual sex to find somewhere to stay while homeless. And less than half of those surveyed were aware of available housing support services.

The survey also found 87 percent of Britain’s homeless LGBTQ+ youth felt they had no support from parents or stepparents while homeless, and almost two-thirds felt frightened or threatened by their family members before they became homeless.

AKT has put together condensed briefings meant to help spotlight the specific experiences of different young people, including trans young people, disabled young people and young people of color.  You can read more here.

Posted by Brit Smith

Brit Smith is a Staff Writer & Associate Editor at GWK. A native of London, England, Brit started her American adventure nannying and waiting tables in Texas in 2006, and eventually graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017. Brit has previously written and created podcasts for WBZ NewsRadio, iHeart Media, and Different Leaf.

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