Prevalence of Childhood Sexual Abuse among Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual People: A Meta-Analysis

J Child Sex Abus. 2015;24(3):315-31. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2015.1006746.


In order to determine the prevalence of childhood sexual abuse among gay, lesbian, and bisexual individuals, we conducted a meta-analysis that compiled the results of 65 articles across 9 countries. The results revealed no significant difference in the prevalence of child sexual abuse between homosexual and bisexual people for both sexes. The prevalence of child sexual abuse among female sexual minorities was significantly higher than that among male sexual minorities. The lowest prevalence was found in South America, followed by Asia. The definition of child sexual abuse, dimension used to measure sexual orientation, year of data collection, and the mean age of participants at the time of assessment influenced the estimated prevalence of child sexual abuse. We conclude that many variables influence the reported prevalence of child sexual abuse among sexual minorities.

Keywords: child sexual abuse; procedural moderators; quantitative review; sample characteristics; sexual minorities.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Bisexuality / statistics & numerical data*
  • Child
  • Child Abuse, Sexual / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female / statistics & numerical data*
  • Homosexuality, Male / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence