Office on Women's Health Blog

Katie Koestner

Kissing and Hurting

Katie Koestner

My rape changed everything: my relationships, my life goals, and how I viewed the world. The world became a place where trust could be broken.

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Stepping Out of the Shadows, Together for Women & Girls

Tina Tchen , Caroline Bettinger-Lopez

Today, the Office of National AIDS Policy, Office of the Vice President, and the White House Council on Women and Girls commemorate the 10th observance of National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Along with other federal, national, and community organizations and advocates, today we celebrate our accomplishments to date in improving the lives of women and girls affected by HIV and recognize the work still ahead.

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That's Why I Call It Crazy Love

Leslie Morgan Steiner

A few weeks before I met the man who physically abused me, I told my roommate I'd never be stupid enough to let a man beat me. I wish I'd known that abusers never hit you on the first date.

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Dr. Rochelle Rollins

No One Should Be for Sale

Rochelle Rollins

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery. It is insidious, widespread, and profitable — and affects more than 20 million men, women, and children around the world.

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Let's Commit To Ending Domestic Violence

Doris Matsui

One out of every three women in the United States will experience some form of domestic violence in her lifetime. This is unacceptable, and we as a nation must do better. We can start by bringing the conversation out of the shadows. We must erase the stigma associated with domestic violence. That is why national Domestic Violence Awareness Month is so important.

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Domestic Violence: A Provider Perspective

Dr. Sabrina Matoff-Stepp, Sarah Linde

Identifying current or past abusive and traumatic experiences can help prevent further abuse, lessen disability, and lead to improved health status. Because health care providers are often trusted resources in their communities, they are in a unique position to connect individuals who experience IPV with supportive local services — as HRSA's Chief Public Health Officer (and family physician) RADM Sarah Linde knows all too well.

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Shining Light on Violence Against Women

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Related information Bacterial vaginosis fact sheet Birth control methods fact sheet HIV and AIDS Pelvic inflammatory disease fact sheet Sexual assault fact sheet Sexually transmitted infections fact sheet Vaginal yeast infections fact sheet

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Reflections on the 30th Anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act

Marylouise Kelley

In 1982, I remember standing on the porch of the Crisis Center in Manhattan, Kan., with my four-year-old son and five-year-old daughter, waiting to meet the domestic violence advocate who answered my call for help to escort us to a local shelter.

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It's On Us

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Today, I took a pledge to help end sexual assault on college campuses. As a woman, mother and the Director of the Office on Women's Health, this is a deeply personal issue for me. Before I ask you to join me in taking this pledge, here are the facts.

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Dr. Nancy C. Lee

Sexual Assault: A Crime Against Women's Health

Dr. Nancy C. Lee

In 1974, the women's liberation movement was in full swing. My class at Baylor College of Medicine had over 30 female students, more than in previous years. We felt powerful — like trailblazers doing our share for women and society. But I still wondered: Would it happen to me?

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