They may not have told anyone about their sexual orientation and fear being "outed".
They may think that abuse doesn't happen in gay/lesbian relationships and may feel very alone.
Because of this sense of entitlement the abuser makes the choice to engage in this type of behavior.
Answer #6: Both individuals should agree upon decisions made in a relationship.Answer Question #4: How may alcohol and other drugs contribute to an abusive relationship? Answer Question #6: How can a couple work together to make decisions in a relationship?Answer Question #7: How can you help someone who has been hurt in a dating relationship?In Michigan, the law regarding rape and sexual assault is called the Criminal Sexual Conduct Act (CSC).It is gender neutral and includes marital, stranger, date and acquaintance rape as well as child sexual assault.The abuser intentionally behaves in ways that cause fear, degradation and humiliation in order to control the other person.Forms of this abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional and psychological.Therefore it is important to listen to each other and to communicate in a non-threatening, respectful and fair manner when negotiating for a solution that will work for both people.Question #7: How can you help someone who has been hurt in a dating relationship?There are many things you can do to help your friend.Question #8: List the ways hold abusers responsible for their abusive behavior.