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1 in 16 U.S. Women Say Their First Sexual Intercourse Was Rape – PBS
According to a new study of government data, one in 16 women said they were raped by force or coercion the first time they had sexual intercourse. Survivors report higher rates of unwanted first pregnancy, abortion, and other physical and mental health problems.

Number of Abortions in U.S. Drops to Lowest Since They Became Legal Nationwide, Report Finds – NBC News
The number of abortions across the U.S. has reached the lowest level since the procedure became legal nationwide in 1973, with 862,000 abortions reported in 2017. Fifty-seven percent of the decline occurred in the 18 states that did not enact any new abortion restrictions.

Most Adults Unaware of Link Between HPV and Oral, Penile and Anal Cancers – NBC News
A recent study showed 80 percent of men and 75 percent of women were unaware that HPV can cause oral, anal, and penile cancers. The link between HPV and cervical cancer was better known, with two-thirds of women and one-third of men understanding the linkage.

Violence Against Abortion Clinics Hit A Record High Last Year. Doctors Say It’s Getting Worse. – CBS News
According to the National Abortion Federation, violence and disruption aimed at abortion clinics is at an all-time high, with 1,369 reported violent acts last year. In interviews with nearly a dozen clinics, providers say they’ve seen a direct correlation between the rise in violence and anti-abortion legislation.

There’s One Good Reason to Share Period App Data: Medical Research – Slate
Amidst concerns that entering data into period tracking and fertility apps could result in unwanted sharing of personal data, researchers stress that data sharing allows for medical research that can help us understand menstrual cycle variability, birth control side effects, and more.

Growing Up Sexually Repressed Can Have Long-Lasting Effects, Well Into Adulthood – Bustle
Those who experience sexual repression from a young age—a powerfully-felt restriction, often instilled by family or community, and based in shame, disgust, or fear of one’s own sexual interests—are likely to experience depression, guilt, and possible issues with sexual functioning.

Transgender Sex Workers Feel Under Attack. These Women Are Working to Protect Their Own. – The Washington Post
At least 18 transgender people nationwide have been killed so far this year, and violence against the transgender community is being called an “epidemic.” Activists say transgender sex workers are at particularly high risk due to recent federal measures.

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