#MeToo

In the past week, people everywhere have been participating in a social media campaign raising awareness to sexual assault, sexual harassment, and sexual discrimination. By posting to platforms such as Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, people around the world have shown their respect and shared their stories.

This is newsworthy because sexual assault is a major problem in many places and many people are unaware of how common it actually is. This campaign changes things. Many people are beginning to feel more comfortable speaking openly about their experiences with sexual assault and harassment. If we continue to talk about this and raise awareness, those who are experiencing and have experienced sexual assault might be able to come forward and make a change in their own lives and the lives of others. In addition, by calling out and naming these offenses, perhaps the offenders will change their behaviors and recognize that these are criminal offenses. This cannot continue, and this online campaign is only the beginning. We must continue to talk about this. Victims of these attacks should be able to come forward. Perpetrators and those who do not take victims seriously are holding these people back from telling the truth and gaining justice. Women must continue to speak the truth without fear of retaliation, and sexual offenders must stop their actions in order for everyone to live in a safer world.

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Terror in Vegas

As many know, on Sunday, October 1st, the largest mass shooting in modern American history occurred at a country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada. Fifty eight people were killed and over 500 others were injured.

Now is the time for our elected officials to present and pass legislation that protects American citizens from those who choose to posess firearms and kill innocent people. Now. Now is the time for our Congress to act.

America is failing in enacting gun laws. In 1996, the first major mass shooting in Australia took place in Tasmania. In response to this, Australia sharply restricted the availability of guns, resulting in a large decrease in gun crimes.

It’s time for the American Congress to realize that the will of the American people does not coincide with the will of the National Rifle Association. The NRA continues to pay off our congressmen for their best interests. Until campaign finance reform is enacted, the NRA will continue to influence our laws in a way that hurts and kills American citizens.

Our laws can make a difference. Obviously, the ones we have now aren’t working, considering the thousands of American lives lost to mass shootings in the last decade.  It’s time for congressmen to follow the will of the people, and buck the NRA. American citizens deserve to live without fear of being killed at any time.

 

See article here.