2017 and 2018 Asexual Community Survey Summary Report

As part of this year’s Ace Week, we are excited to share with you the summary results from the 2017 and 2018 Ace Community Surveys, which we are publishing together in one report:

Publishing two years of data in one report is part of our effort to get up to date with analysis for the most recent surveys. This year we have had an uptick in volunteers, which will hopefully enable us to perform additional data analysis and publish blog posts that offer a deep-dive into specific topics while we begin work on the report for the 2019 Survey.

If you are a researcher or community non-profit institution, you may request access to the data.

Many thanks to everyone who took the survey! We couldn’t have done it without you. If you are interested in participating in the 2020 Ace Community Survey, keep an eye out — we will be releasing a link tomorrow!

How the CDC defines and classifies sexual violence

Content note: explicit descriptions of sexual violence, including rape.

The Asexual Community Survey has asked questions related to sexual violence since 2015. In the 2018 survey, we expanded these questions in order to more closely match those in the 2010 Summary Report on the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS) produced by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Although the CDC’s definitions of sexual violence are publicly available in the NISVS report, few lay people would sift through over a hundred pages in order to find them. The lack of easily accessible information concerns us, because it deprives some victims of tools they need to understand their own experiences. The goal of this article is to explain the CDC categories and their use in the 2018 Asexual Community Survey.

Disclaimer: Some readers may be surprised by how their personal experiences are classified by the CDC. We will not tell anyone that they are wrong to classify their personal experiences in any particular way, and readers are free to view the CDC’s definitions as imperfect, incomplete, or incorrect. Even if readers agree with the definitions, they may find some other description of their personal experiences to be more salient.

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