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2 out of 3 LGBTI Australian young people still experience bullying in 2014

in AUSTRALIA, 08/02/2014

A new report by University of Western Sydney researchers has found that bullying is still all too common for LGBTI Australian young people with nearly one-in-ten saying the problem was so bad they had to change schools.

Almost one-in-ten LGBTI Australian young people has had to change schools because of homophobic bullying and more than four-in-ten have thought about harming themselves because of bullying – according to a new report.

The Growing Up Queer report was released today and found a disturbing 16% of young Australians aged 18-27 had tried to commit suicide while 33% had self harmed.

42% had thought about self harm or suicide.

64% reported being verbally abused because of their sexuality  while 18% had experienced physical violence.

Another 32% had experienced some other form homophobic violence or harassment.

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