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Preventing sexual violence against young women from African backgrounds

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Prof. Donna Chung, Prof. Colleen Fisher, Dr. Carole Zufferey & Dr. Ravi K Thiara Australian Institute of Criminology Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice No. 540, June 2018 This study explored how young women from African refugee and migrant backgrounds understand and experience sexual coercion and violence. Data was gathered from young women from African backgrounds and a wide...

Exploring HIV risks, testing and prevention among sub-Saharan African community members in Australia

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International Journal for Equity in Health, 2018, 17:62 Abstract Background Significant health disparities persist regarding new and late HIV diagnoses among sub-Saharan African (SSA) communities in Australia. Personal/cultural beliefs and practices influence HIV (risk, prevention, testing) within Australia and during visits to home countries. Method A community forum was conducted involving 23...

The ‘revolutionary’ programs giving hope to LGBT domestic violence survivors

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ABC News, By Samantha Selinger-Morris Updated Thu 12/07/2018 at 10:32am Studies show people in same-sex relationships experience domestic violence at similar — and possibly higher — rates as opposite-sex couples. But until recently survivors have suffered in silence and worse, been ignored and misunderstood by the health professionals and police who are supposed to help them, because of the...

Study on mental health impacts of anti-gay religious prejudice should be a ‘wake-up call’ for faith leaders

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ABC, 19th October 2017 Faith leaders who insist same-sex couples should not be able to marry — even those who also promote love and support for LGB people — may be causing serious harm to the mental health of LGB individuals, the author of a new study on the impacts of religious anti-gay prejudice has said. In the new study, published this week in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry...

HIV infections in NSW have fallen to their lowest levels — except for one group of people

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news.com.au, August 29, 2017 Many people born overseas seem oblivious to efforts to stamp out HIV in Australia. Marco Matillano, an Australian of Filipino descent who has had his own brush with HIV, thinks he know at least part of the answer — bashfulness when it comes to sex. He said there’s an unwillingness for friends, family — and even people themselves — to discuss sexual health and there...

Shame, secrecy and silence hobble migrant women’s sexual health, new research suggests

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Sydney Morning Herald, August 5th 2017 Shame, secrecy, silence and fear were keeping many new migrant women in the dark about their own sexual and reproductive health, found a recent study published in the Archives of Sexual Behavior. Cultural and religious beliefs were major barriers to many women accessing health services, warned the researchers who held focus groups with 169 single, married...

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