We’re excited to share with you the results of a new study that finds 0% of children of lesbian parents report any instances of physical or sexual abuse. We’re always on the search for actual statistics to help in the argument for marriage equality. For years, we have put up with debunked studies claiming heterosexual parents are somehow better than gay parents. Today, we have a study that proves perhaps lesbian parents are raising their children in homes that are free from abuse.
The U.S. National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS), from the Williams Institute, a research center on sexual orientation law and public policy at UCLA School of Law. In the paper, 78 seventeen year-old sons and daughters of lesbian parents were asked about sexual abuse, sexual orientation, and sexual behavior.
Of those teens, none of them report having ever been physically or sexually abused by a parent or other caregiver. This contrasts with 26% of American adolescents who report parent or caregiver physical abuse and 8.3% who report sexual abuse.
The study was conducted by Nanette Gartrell, MD, Henny Bos, PhD (University of Amsterdam), and Naomi Goldberg, MPP (Williams Institute). Principal investigator Nanette Gartrell, MD, is a 2010 Williams Distinguished Scholar, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF, and affiliated with the University of Amsterdam.