• Life,  Safe Life

    Party Girls, Don’t Get Hurt

      So whether or not you’ve been to parties, throughout the years we’ve all seen or heard about the stereotypical “party girl”: the one who dances on tables, takes too many shots, flirts too much, drinks too little water, and yells way louder than is socially acceptable. This girl does in fact exist in real life. I have befriended this girl, helped…

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    Learning to Love Yourself

    Since it is the Christmas season and gift giving is on most people’s minds, I’ve spent some time thinking about the best gift I can give to my children. One of the best gifts, I’ve learned, that you can give to yourself is loving yourself. This not only means loving your body. It means loving your entire self: your mind,…

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    Unspoken Peer Pressure

    Peer pressure is the kid who tells you it would be cool to drink and do drugs. It’s the group of boys who think it’s okay to flirt with their hands and say that if you actually respect women, you’re “gay.” It’s the group of girls who tell you that you have to starve to be pretty and insist that…

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    Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    The month of November typically brings to mind one specific day: Thanksgiving. And while that holiday is typically reserved as a day for thankfulness, there is another day in November that we should all be thankful for: November 25 — the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. Created by the United Nations (UN) in 1999, the purpose of this…

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    Expulsion Rates Low for Sexual Assault Cases on College Campuses

    While a nightmare to most students, those facing sexual assault charges from their universities can sleep well knowing they will probably never face real punishment. The Association for Student Conduct Administration (ASCA) has administered a set of guidelines for college campuses all over the nation to use when dealing with sexual assault cases. Unfortunately, they are more hurtful than helpful.…

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    I got CPR Certified (And You Should Too)

    A few days ago I decided to take a CPR re-certification course at my local Fire Department with a couple of friends. Although this was the third time that I’ve taken some form of CPR training (I’m not messing around), I was still able to take away new knowledge — like if someone rolls their ankle, you should put a bag of…

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    Photoshopped CoverGirl Ad Protests NFL Domestic Violence

    As outrage continues to grow over the NFL’s initial response to the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, a group of protestors are using a CoverGirl ad to protest the NFL’s handling of domestic violence. The ad in question is part of CoverGirl’s new NFL-themed cosmetics line. As the “official beauty sponsor of the NFL,” CoverGirl created a line of makeup…

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    Speaking Up Against Domestic Violence

    Recently in the news there have been multiple allegations of domestic violence against NFL players. Among the accused are Johnathon Dwyer of the Arizona Cardinals, Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings, and Greg Hardy of the Carolina Panthers. These aren’t the first instances of domestic violence in the NFL; Ray Rice is still indefinitely suspended for the accusations against him…

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    #WhyIStayed

    In the wake of the Ray Rice domestic violence scandal, people have turned to victim blaming Rice’s wife, Janay Palmer, for being complicit in her own abuse by staying in the marriage. The questions of “why would you stay” and “why didn’t you just leave him” have been packing the twitter air waves, with the logic that we all shouldn’t…

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    Why Didn’t She Just Leave?

    “Why didn’t she just leave?” This is the question people ask about domestic violence survivors all the time. Somehow it is so incongruent with our way of thinking that we just blurt the question out. We shout out to the TV or say to our friends, “If a man ever hit me, it would be the last time,” without really…