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“When all is said and done, limiting our understanding of intimate partner violence and sexual assault and disregarding the need for long-term, bipartisan reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act has detrimental impacts on survivors’ mental and physical health and severely limits their access to post-traumatic survivors’ services. Even more devastating, these changes send a clear message to all of us who are survivors at the intersections of other targeted identities: You are not valued, violence against you is not a serious issue, and your safety is not important to us. When combined with the desire to end asylum protections for survivors of violence, the current administration has participated in the active and continued marginalization, discrimination, and dehumanization of LGBTQ people, Black and Indigenous people of color, immigrants, and disabled people.”

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VCU Lavender Empowerment Summit

A student describes my session “Increasing Neurodivergent & Disabled Perspectives in Social Justice Advocacy.”

Disabled and/or neurodiverse people are underrepresented in social justice groups and movements. Even disability advocacy groups tend to exclude members of the community, particularly those with mental and cognitive disabilities and those belonging to marginalized groups, such as people in LGBTQ+ communities and people of color. This workshop focuses on how to move beyond awareness and into inclusion and equity of marginalized, disabled and neurodivergent perspectives, talents, and contributions to social justice advocacy.

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Methodologies in Sexualities Studies

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Connections Research Spotlight

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VCU Professor Receives Grant to Study Health of Bisexual and Non Monosexual Women

"'I think it's important to highlight where inequalities exist, where we can get better, and a large part of that, I think, is in partnering with, or increasing funding to, these local organizations that already know how to do it,' Coston said.

Hopefully, Coston says, this research will help inform policymakers in their efforts to support survivors, regardless of how they identify.

'I want to make the world a place where there is no violence; but in the meantime, I want to make sure everyone has equitable access to healthcare that is rooted in anti-oppression frameworks, so that survivors don't have to suffer the negative physical and mental health outcomes of victimization or the revictimization that often occurs when seeking help,' Coston said."

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Two students will use research fellowships to advance inclusiveness

Two Virginia Commonwealth University undergraduates, Cheyenne Johnson and Christine Wyatt, are recipients of Undergraduate Research Fellowships for Inclusive Excellence for 2017.

Each fellow receives a $1,500 award, while their faculty mentors receive a $500 award. Both Johnson and Wyatt will present their work at the Spring 2018 Poster Day during the Undergraduate Research Symposium. This is the third year that the Division for Inclusive Excellence has sponsored an award.

For Johnson, a rising junior majoring in psychology and minoring in statistics in the College of Humanities and Sciences, that means using existing data to explore how inequality can affect access to mental health care.

Her proposal, “The Role of Inequality on Health Care Seeking,” was inspired by taking the course, “Sex and Sexuality in the U.S.” last fall. The course linked contemporary issues about sexual identity, reproductive rights and sexual violence to “historical legacies of power and control.”

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