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Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, E/CN.4/2003/75/Add.1, February 27, 2003: The European Union

1508. (…) Another initiative supported by Daphne is the project “Who are these boys, who are these girls?” organized by Azione Gay e Lesbica in Florence to raise awareness on violence against adolescents because of their sexual orientation.

A 200-point questionnaire published on the Internet offered young people the opportunity to give their own personal testimonies. The responses showed that 38 per cent of the gay adolescents who replied had suffered from discrimination, and 27 per cent from violence. Lesbians in particular were targeted both by families and peer groups. And while only half the victims had disclosed their experiences – sometimes years later –42 per cent had considered suicide, and 14 per cent had attempted it.

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