The Context of Anti-Gay Violence

  title={The Context of Anti-Gay Violence},
  author={Gregory M. Herek},
  journal={Journal of Interpersonal Violence},
  pages={316 - 333}
  • G. Herek
  • Published 1 September 1990
  • Sociology, Psychology
  • Journal of Interpersonal Violence
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