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The September edition of #NotForSocialMedia is here to kick ass with more funny (but serious) sections! 

Quick reminder, if you haven't yet, make sure you come to our CAUTION Watch Party on Wednesday, September 28 from 5:30-7PM EST on Zoom. We're gonna watch the first episode of the second season (Family Dirt) together and talk about it! It'll be a good time, so RSVP here.

September is the anniversary of RASHIM, so we're doing a social media takeover AND opening our Just Healing Training interest form. If you wanna be the first to get notified about the next training, add your email here

Also, we still have some open dates for speaking events this fall. If you want to bring us to your organization or campus, email us at Take a look at the plethora of programs we offer, here. 

Read on to learn and laugh with us =) 
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Kids are talking about abortion and we get to help them make sense of it. Teaching abortion rights through discussions of bodily autonomy and access to healthcare and reproductive agency is much more empowering to young people and their place in this world. This is why Health & Reproduction is one of the pillars of RASHIM!
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Whether you are an advocate, a survivor (see next section), or both, you know that navigating sexual violence gets complicated fast. 

One example is finding yourself at the intersection of justice and healing. Seeking justice, especially through carceral systems, is hardly enough for healing, yet it is often sold as such. Not seeking justice has its own set of dreadful consequences. What is one to do?!
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What do you call yourself when:
  • Your body is claimed whether by your boyfriends, father, or relentless street harassers; 
  • Your mother taught you to deeply fear sex, nude bodies, and penises; 
  • You can't remember the details, but your body knows it was violating.
We call it... a survivor. Living and breathing in the Culture of Sexual Violence comes with a burden that many people are forced to carry. Survivorship does not mean one is done healing. Yet, many survivors are transforming the trajectory of healing from sexual violence through breaking their isolation, witnessing each other, and building collective power.
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  • Zepp Wellness has a rent relief fund for Black sex workers in the South. Three $500 offerings are available at this time. Learn more and apply here by September 30.
  • ROOT is having a Healing Conference and Clinic with lots of great workshops and presenters. There are sliding scale tickets, and if you are a resident of Oakland you can register for free. Sessions have started and will continue through November. Learn more and register here.
  • Our amazing and talented colleagues, Bianca Laureano, PhD, MA, CSES and Cory Silverberg, MA, are presenting a SAR training for practicing and emerging sexuality professionals. The Advanced ANTE UP! SAR: Youth Sexuality will focus on positive youth development, racial, reproductive, disability, gender, and media justice. Learn more and register for this Oct 20-21 event here.


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