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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender teens are at a greater risk of dating abuse than their heterosexual peers. Transgender teens are especially vulnerable. They also may experience distinctive barriers to seeking help due to fear of discrimination or bias. In one study,

  • 43% of LGBTQ teens reported experiencing physical dating violence, compared to 29% of heterosexual youth
  • 59% of LGBTQ teens reported emotional abuse compared to 46% of heterosexual youth
  • 37% reported digital abuse and harassment, compared to 25% of heterosexual youth
  • 23% reported sexual coercion, compared to 12% of heterosexual youth

It is especially important to find a counseling center with clinical staff who are trained in issues relevant to LGBTQ+ mental health–with full, robust training in best practices for Transgender (Non-Binary included) clients.