“I just want to sleep. A coma would be nice. Or amnesia. Anything, just to get rid of this, these thoughts, whispers in my mind. Did he rape my head, too?”
― Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
(The following excerpt from Rape Of Five-Year Old Sparks Protests In India’s Capital by Devidutta Tripathy and Frank Jack Daniel originally appeared on thesudburystar.com on April 20, 2013. To view it in its entirety please click on link below.)
New Delhi - Angry crowds demonstrated in India’s capital on Saturday after a five-year-old girl was allegedly raped, tortured and kept in captivity for 40 hours, reviving memories of last December’s brutal assault on a woman that shook the country.
Police arrested a man they accuse of the attack from the eastern state of Bihar, and brought him back to New Delhi for interrogation. Doctors say the girl suffered severe injuries and bruising, including to her neck and genitalia.
Protests that began on Friday grew more intense after video footage showed a policeman slapping a woman protester, and following reports that investigators had offered the victim’s family 2,000 rupees ($37) not to file a case.
It was the second case of alleged rape in 48 hours to trigger protests and heavy-handed policing, after hundreds of people fought police in the city of Aligarh, 135 km (83 miles) from Delhi on Thursday. One policeman was filmed hitting an old woman hard with a club in the protest.
“Reality is the leading cause of stress among those in touch with it.”
- Lily Tomlin
(The following excerpt from 8 Deadly Myths About Stress by Andrew Bernstein originally appeared on psychologytoday.com. on May 25, 2010. To view it in its entirety please click on the link below.)
There are many myths about stress preventing us from living longer, happier, and healthier lives. Here are eight of the most common:
1. Stress comes from your circumstances.
2. Stress is a motivator.
3. Some stress is good for you.
4. Without stress in your life you would just sit around and drool.
5. The best way to deal with stress is to exercise, breathe, and relax.
6. Stress is a choice.
7. Stress is inevitable.
8. Stress is not a big deal.
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
- 68 percent had to scale back purchases at the grocery store due to rising prices.
- 40 percent reported the loss of a job.
- 39 percent experienced reduced wages, hours or benefits at work.
- 39 percent had to move in with a family member or take someone in to save money.
- 33 percent lost health insurance coverage.
- 23 percent fell behind on mortgage payments or experienced a home foreclosure.
- And 23 percent experienced reduced unemployment, infant care and/or child care benefits.
It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder … but tragically most women are far too critical of themselves. Here an FBI artist tries to show women that they are far more attractive than they believe. This is part of a campaign by Dove.