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 Center 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.
We are no longer accepting more volunteers. Thank you all!
The Ace Community Survey Team is currently looking for new volunteers, particularly people with programming or writing skills, as we try to work on our backlog of data and get out more analysis to the public.
The Survey Team is responsible for designing and releasing the Ace Community Survey each year. The Asexual Community Survey is one of the biggest data sources of quantitative data about asexual-spectrum people, which also means there is a lot of work to be done analyzing it.
The major roles that we currently need volunteers for are:
- Basic analysis of survey data
- We use Python for most analysis, but even people without experience in Python can learn how to use it.
- Exploratory analysis of survey data
- We need curious people who can analyze data, and produce results that are of interest to the ace community.
- Improving code infrastructure
- We’d like to further streamline our data analysis by writing more user-friendly code.
- Reading and interpreting text responses
- In many places, survey respondents have the option to write text responses to questions, and these responses need to be interpreted! No programming ability is necessary, but you must be familiar with ace concepts and terminology.
- Writing reports
- Even when the analysis is done, we still need to summarize the results.
- Translation of reports into other languages
- In order to make our reports more accessible to speakers of other languages, we’d like to translate them. This is especially helpful for languages spoken by people with low English fluency.
If you’re unclear on the details, don’t worry, as we do training to help people understand the ins and outs of the survey.
Time commitments are flexible depending on your availability at any given part of the year, but we recommend setting aside at least 4-5 hours a month to do work on your own time, plus an hour for monthly team meetings.
If you’re interested, please fill out this form by the end of November, and allow 1-2 weeks for a response. (If you fill out the form at a later date, the response may be slower.) If you’d like more information, you may contact us at email@example.com.
The 2018 Survey is still open for responses! To ensure that you have a chance to respond to it before it closes, we advise that you take it before November 15th.
This is an announcement of our Japanese translation of our summary report on the 2015 Ace Community Census. If you want to see the report in its original English, go here.
We’re happy to release a peek into the 2016 data! We’ve put together two visualizations based on the 2016 Ace Community Survey. Check them out!
The text of the 2016 survey can be found here.
Update on 6/28/2018: The infographics now have creative commons licenses. The “Experiences with sex” now excludes non-ace respondents.
You can now play with the data! We’ve put together some interactive visualizations from the 2016 Ace Community Survey. You can explore respondents’ experiences with relationships and sexual violence with the ability to filter by age, gender, transness, and ace identity.
The text of the 2016 survey can be found here.
Update: The 2016 Ace Community Census is now complete. Thank you everyone for participating!
Please check this site for updates as results are released, and we hope to see you again next year!
It’s that time of year again – we are now recruiting participants for the ace community census!
The ace community census is an annual survey by the Asexual Visibility and Education Network which collects valuable information on the demographics and experiences of members of the ace community. It is the largest survey of ace communities and creates a valuable pool of data for future ace community activists and researchers.
The survey is open to anyone: ace, non-ace, or still questioning, as long as you are over the age of 13 we want to hear from you! We want to get a wide variety of responses from as many parts of the community as possible, so we encourage you to share this link with any other ace individuals you know or any ace communities you participate in.
Click here to take the 2016 Ace Community Census!
For answers to common questions about the survey, please see the FAQ here.
Results and analysis will be published on this website.
The following analysis was performed by Laura, originally posted here and here. It has been reproduced with permission of the author.
The asexual census team were kind enough to provide me with the data from the 2014 AVEN community survey for the Muslim respondents (the data for 2015 is not yet available for analysis by outside researchers). [The survey team adds: since time of writing, 2015 data has become available.] The analysis provided in this post in my own derivation and is not an official result. All errors are my own.
“Muslim respondents” are defined as those who selected “Muslim” as their religious preference. Here is some information about the Muslim respondents:
- 71 respondents selected Muslim as their religious preference. For context, there were a total of 14,210 respondents. This means that 0.5% of respondents were Muslim.
- 32 Muslim respondents were residents of the United States. The next most common country of residence was the United Kingdom, with 5 respondents. 20 respondents reside in countries with majority Muslim populations. The Muslim-majority country with the largest number of respondents is Indonesia, which had 3 respondents. (Fun fact: Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim country.) A total of 23 countries were listed.
- 42 Muslim respondents (59%) gave their gender identity as woman/female. 11 Muslim respondents (16%) identified as man/male . For comparison, 62.1% of all respondents identified as woman/female and 13.3% of all respondents as man/male.
- 20 Muslim respondents (28%) listed a non-binary gender identity. The most common response was agender, which had 6 respondents (9%). For comparison, 24.6% of all respondents listed a non-binary gender identify, and 8.5% were agender specifically.
- 32 Muslim respondents identified as asexual (45%), 16 as gray-A (23%), and 11 as demisexual (16%). 12 Muslim respondents (17%) did not identify as on the asexual spectrum. For comparison, 49% of all respondents identified as asexual, 16.2% as gray-A, 11% as demisexual, and 23.4% as non-ace.
- Of the non-ace Muslim respondents, 5 identified as straight and the other 7 as various non-straight identities. The most common of these identities was bisexual, with 4 respondents.