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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day: A Perspective from the National Institutes of Health

 by Paolo Miotti and Scott Proestel







On September 18, 2011, we mark the fourth observance of National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day. The remarkable success of antiretroviral therapies in prolonging the lives of HIV-infected individuals who have access to and can tolerate these drugs has led to many more HIV-infected people living into middle and old age. In 2008, an estimated 29 percent of HIV-infected adults in the U.S. were at least 50 years of age, and in 2009, individuals in that age group accounted for 17% of all new HIV diagnoses. Both of these percentages have been increasing in recent years. As the benefits of improved therapies for HIV continue to accrue, research into the complex relationship between aging and HIV becomes increasingly critical.

A major goal of HIV and aging research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is to achieve greater understanding of…

Why Turn to Hate and Violence? by Cory H

HEY Amazing People!

Today we have a guest blogger who is, to me, a phenomenal soul. He has been such a light in my life for the short time that I have know him and I can truly say that I am honored to have encountered such a Being. The other day I disclosed to him the reason behind my starting SASSU. I then asked him if he would like to be a guest blogger  because I admire and am always inspired as to the way his mind works. I believe that the Universe connects us to people all over the world for a specific reason and I know that Cory is not only a beautiful soul but he is destined for no less than GREATNESS. I am also amazed at the inspirational dialogue that us humans have the ability to create and bring into manifestation. The  beautiful differences of the mind has allowed us to come together and try to make sense of this thing we call LIFE.  We briefly talked the other day on the "WHY's" of Violence.

I hope that you all enjoy his mind as I have.............


It is a…

Self Love Before Making Love

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Last week I was asked to speak to a group of girls about STD's, HIV/AIDS. The ages ranged from 6 to to 15 yrs old. Most of the children are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Being that this was my first time talking  to a group so young regarding this particular topic, I was a bit overwhelmed. However, you are never to young to contract an STD or HIV/AIDS. You all have to forgive me because this has been such a powerful two weeks so my emotions are all over the place. Though I am a Sexual Assault Advocate, I'm also an ally of the LGBT community, STD/HIV/AIDS awareness, and domestic violence. I feel that they all in some way are related to one another.

They all effect the community.

They all effect the WORLD.

And the silence needs to be BROKEN!

I went on Thursday to speak to a group of children who are a part of a not for profit organization called The Children's Place Association. I was bum-rushed, if you will, by very energetic young ladies who found my orange-b…

Embrace The Skin YOU are IN!

This past Saturday June 25, 2011. I had the honor of being one of the presenters at "Embrace the Skin You're In" Health Extravaganza. This event was held at Rock of Ages Church in the beautiful Spiritual Growth and Development Center. Men, women and children attended the event either alone, with friends or with family members. The event started off with the host and personal fitness trainer, Brittany Ramsey, getting the crowd warmed up by exercising. People also had the opportunity to get tons of information from the non-profit and business vendors who were there. Vendors included but were not limited to, The American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Westlake Hospital, who provided free blood pressure screenings and bone density screenings and a host of other really amazing vendors. All of the presenters spoke on the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional aspects of healthy living and I was fortunate enough to be apart of a monumental event.

All of la…

Incest:Protect Your Children by Patricia Singleton

Today's blog post  features another guest blogger, Patricia Singleton. I have had the pleasure of following her on Twitter and she has been an inspiration to me as well as so many others.  I think that it is so important for us to suport one another and to give survivors a chance for their voices to be heard. I hope that her story is also an inspiration to you as it has been to me. Below, Patricia reflects back on her memories as a child:


My story as an incest survivor begins with my memories of sitting out in my front yard on a hot summer night with my uncle and my younger sister. Our chairs are lined up in a row, my uncle's, mine and then my little sister.  I don't remember the conversation, if there even was one? My mother is busy in the house. My daddy isn't come yet.  What I remember is that I was wearing shorts because the weather was so hot.  Daddy didn't let my sister and I wear shorts anywhere but at home. I remember being scared and not understanding why …

My Father's Day Reflection

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Yesterday,  some of you celebrated Father's Day by presenting your fathers with cards, candy, flowers or what have you. I, however, did not get the opportunity to do so. Am I upset? Naaah. Unfortunately and fortunately, I grew up without my biological father in my life. He left when I was about 8 or 9 and popped back up when I was 20. As the years went by I realized that some of my problems and hangups regarding men came from me not having a father around. I made a lot of mistakes that I feel would've probably had a different outcome had I had him there. Had my Dad been there to say "Baby girl, you are beautiful.", I probably wouldn't have sought those words out from males who said but didn't even close to mean it.  Had my Dad been there to lend his shoulder for me to cry on and say "You are worth more", "You are a queen." when my "highschool sweetheart" supposedly broke my heart (so I thought at the time), I probably wouldn'…

Your Life, Your Decisions. ACT LIKE IT.

HEY EVERYONE!

As mentioned in a previous blog, over the next couple of weeks I will be featuring some phenomenal guest bloggers. All of the topics may or may not be related to Sexual Abuse because I wanted to give all of the bloggers a chance to blog about whatever they felt comfortable with. I hope that over the next few weeks you are inspired in some way.

The first guest blogger I'd like to introduce is Javania M. Webb. She is a beautiful person and friend whom I have known for many years. She is the founder of Javania M Webb INC where she empowers young women to know and walk in their worthiness. Feel free to follow her on twitter http://twitter.com/#!/JavaniaMWebb  ENJOY! :-)

Hi! Javania M Webb here.. When Jacquese asked me to do a guest blog the wheels in my mind started turning because I ALWAYS have so much to say about empowerment, self-esteem, worthiness, and being the best awsomesauce you can be.
When you read this title what does that mean to you? I know what it means to …

HEEEY SLUTS!!!!! :-)

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MAN! It feels good to blog again. I've missed you guys! I hope you've missed me :-)

Over the next few weeks SASSU will be featuring some phenomenal guest bloggers so please stay tuned. I am really excited to see what they will be blogging about. Hope you are too!!!

Now, shall we get down to it?? WE SHALL.

June 4, 2011 was SLUT WALK CHICAGO. The event was held in downtown Chicago where men  and women gathered together and once again stood for something that was positive. Although I was not able to attend, you all know I was still kept abreast as to what went on in my absence.
Check out more info: http://www.slutwalkchicago.org/

Just to give you all some background information on how this, what I consider to be, a very monumental event came about:

On January 24, 2011 Constable Michael Sanguinetti and another officer from the Toronto's Police Service  Division were speakers at a York University safety forum. The school has had some problems with crime and the officers wer…

S.A.S.S.U Sexual Assault Survivors Standing Up: Break the Silence

Break the Silence

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Happy Monday Everyone!

This past Friday I was in the downtown Chicago area taking care of business as usual. As I was crossing the street to meet a friend for lunch, I noticed people.....standing.....SILENTLY. Each of them had on a shirt. Each of them had a phrase:

"No, you do not have to kiss your daddy good night."

"Just because we were friends, that did not mean it was okay to rape me."

"Say NO to Rape."

You get my drift...

So I stood in amazement at these people...men, women and teens of all ages and ethnic backgrounds. Finally, I decided to ask what the movement was for. One of the workers from RVA (Rape Victim Advocates, Chicago,IL) informed me that it was Breaking the Silence Day. Men, women and teens who are survivors of sexual assault, volunteers of RVA or just your ordinary person who cares for the cause, were standing in silence for one hour to show their support. She also stated that if I wanted, I could grab a shirt and stand in for the last…

Stand UP

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HAPPY WEDNESDAY BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE!

Lets get to it! I want to acknowledge that today April 27, 201., is National Denim Day and YES!!!! I am rocking my fly jeans with my stilettos today :-). Just to give you all a bit of background info on how this cause/day was created...

"An 18-year old girl is picked up by her married 45-year old driving instructor for her very first lesson. He takes her to an isolated road, pulls her out of the car, wrestles her out of one leg of her jeans and forcefully rapes her. Threatened with death if she tells anyone, he makes her drive the car home. Later that night she tells her parents, and they help and support her to press charges. The perpetrator gets arrested and is prosecuted. He is convicted of rape and sentenced to jail.

He appeals the sentence. The case makes it’s all the way to the Italian Supreme Court. Within a matter of days the case against the driving instructor is overturned, dismissed, and the perpetrator released. In a statement by the …

Moving Forward

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Happy Monday everyone!

Though I was not planning on blogging today, my spirit felt the urge to do so. HERE WE GO!

I woke up a couple of days ago humming this song "Moving Forward". Some of the words I did not even know I knew, I just kept humming the melody. Finally I looked up the lyrics and found that they totally related to me and this new journey that I am on. I posted the song below for your listening pleasure :-). Anyhow, often times we want to hold on to people and things who do not necessarily have our best interest at heart. Or we, after being delivered from a situation or person, go back to that same situation and or person  that we begged and prayed for God to just make it okay.

Just so you know, sometimes my blogs are not going to be about sexual assault but everything that I blog about will somehow correlate. I feel restricted right now to say what I KNOW I need to get out of my system but I will digress for today and say this: Healing is an EVERYDAY process. …

Keep It On The Down Low

Yesterday, April 10, 2011., my baby S.A.S.S.U was born. I launched the event at my church and also had a party in downtown Chicago which turned out to be successful. Though not many people came over to the table to get pamphlets, they surely got them enough candy to take with them on their journey. Also, some of them pretended to be interested in receiving more information and once I turned my head they snuck a piece of candy and were GONE! lol That evening, I held a launch party downtown at Akira inside of Block 37. I quickly learned that planning events take way more preparation than I thought. Regardless of the fact that it didn't turn out exactly like I wanted it to, I am still excited about this new journey.

As some of you may or may not know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The purpose or objective of SAAM is to raise awareness about sexual violence and to educate our communities as well as individuals on how to prevent sexual violence. When I initially started S.A…