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D’Eva Longoria

How This “D’Eva” Survived Sexual Assault and HIV to Become a National Transgender Advocate

“When life gives you lemons, grab some tequila and drink a shot! Because you have to try to make the best out of it,” explains D’Eva Longoria.

By Charles Sanchez
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These Women Are Helping Others Heal From Trauma and Enjoy Sex

Women who work in mental health, engineering, and design, many of whom are survivors, are creating tools to help other survivors heal.

By Hannah Harris Green
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How One LGBTQ Clinic Practices Trauma-Focused Therapy

Morris Roy, Ph.D., with Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City, explains how therapists can help people who have experienced trauma find peace of mind.

By Tim Murphy
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R. Kelly, Sexual Predators, and HIV in a Society Where Black Girls Don't Matter

The Lifetime documentary 'Surviving R. Kelly' has helped highlight how sexual assault impacts young black girls and teens. Evany Turk explains how ending rape culture is essential to ending the HIV epidemic.

By Evany Turk
Tarana Burke

#MeToo Movement Founder Tarana Burke Opens the Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit -- and a Conversation About Sexual Violence and Harassment

Nearly a dozen speakers related their experiences with sexual assault and intimate partner violence and their relationship to HIV at the third Biomedical HIV Prevention Summit in Los Angeles.

By Kenyon Farrow
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Resources on the Intersection of Women, HIV, and Violence

"There is a well-established and strong link between women, violence and HIV," The Well Project writes. The organization has pulled together this list of resources for those who wish to learn more and take action.

By The Well Project
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Even When Criminalization Isn't a Threat, Abusers Still Use HIV as a Tool of Control and Coercion

Women living with HIV are nearly twice as likely to experience intimate partner violence than women living without HIV. One reason? The continuing shame and stigma of being HIV positive.

By Victoria Law
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The Terrifying Crystal Meth Story I Have Never Told: A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"When my guard is down, it comes to me. It flashes across my mind, an uninvited assault the dark memory rushes in like a raid."

By Mark S. King for MyFabulousDisease.com
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Owning Your Life: Guy Anthony on Becoming an HIV Advocate and Dating After Sexual Assault

"All I had seen in the news about HIV is that 'you're going to die," Guy Anthony says. "I didn't want to accept that narrative for myself; neither did I want to accept that narrative for my friends."

By Alisha Bridges for HealthCentral
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Fact Sheet: Criminalization as Violence Against Women Living With HIV

"Women living with HIV are likely to have experienced intimate partner violence, sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse and trauma at rates much higher than the general population in the U.S.," PWN-USA writes. "These different forms of violence...

By Positive Women's Network -- USA