1 in 6 men have had abusive sexual experiences before age 18.As shocking as this statistic is, it is a cruel reality, and yet it still does not fully encompass the magnitude of the issue. For one thing, it does not include non-contact instances of sexual abuse or men who have experienced sexual assault as adults. Moreover, male sexual violence is so heavily underreported that the actual rate is likely much higher.First off, what is the sexual assault? According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest...

Inclusive Resilience, The Way Forward

Posted Avatar Sandra Delali Kemeh , UN MGCY DRR Focal Point (West and Central Africa)

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Sandra Delali Kemeh
Member since May 20, 2017
  • 1 Post
  • Age 27

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) recognizes children and youth as fundamental players in implementing disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation strategies. The framework stresses the importance of evidence-based policy and enhanced available data and science on DRR. It also emphasizes the strengthening of basic social services, local governance and planning systems in addressing multi-hazardrisk. Though children and youth form the greater proportion...

Opium for the soul

Posted Avatar Rana Madanat , Pharmacist for peace

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Rana Madanat
Member since August 6, 2016
  • 20 Posts
  • Age 24

Midnight realizations after a best-friend/tea car talk…Two of the most influential words I've been getting acquainted with are ‘perception’ and ‘awareness’. I bet you that it's an everyday read for you, either on your news-feed or somewhere along the lines of an advertisement, but have you ever actually admired these words without labeling them too soon as cliché.Your perception of reality differs each day, depending on your emotional state or whatever condition you're in, it's fascinating to me...

Meet me offline

Posted Avatar Mehar Kathuria , Student

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Mehar Kathuria
Member since August 19, 2016
  • 7 Posts
  • Age 21

Maybe I’m a blue ticked WhatsApp messageOr just another Facebook notification Looking for validationOr maybe that Snapchat storyOr an Instagram likeOnline, Offline, Online, OfflineAs I log into another website dot comWhat do you mean by I need to get a life, mom?Can’t you see I have one online?That’s how things work now and it’s totally fineYou are stuck in a loop of wireless irony, she saidForgotten what a real world is, I’m afraidGive me a reason that makes you believe A world of your own mind...

Cyber Bullying

Posted no picture Katelyn Carroll , AJHS 9th Grade Student

no picture AJHS 9th Grade Student
Katelyn Carroll
Member since May 16, 2017
  • 1 Post

Cyber bullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites. Cyber bullying has become a huge problem since social media is growing more and more each day. Cyber bullying can happen at any time, since people can comment and post whatever they feel the need too. Cyber bullying is more likely to...

The Power of the Daily Commute

Posted Avatar Richa Gupta , Teen Poet and Blogger

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Richa Gupta
Member since May 28, 2016
  • 42 Posts
  • Age 18

I wrote my last high school exam a few days ago, and will be heading off to college soon. Since the emotions that follow are indescribable, I’d like to direct my focus to a seemingly mundane aspect of my school life – the commute. Grinding wheels, bellowing vehicles, torrents of people, shops that line the crammed streets – these are sights I grew accustomed to the second I started my schooling in India (which was over a decade ago). However, the duration of my commute got longer only recently,...


Posted no picture aachilli , student

no picture student
Member since February 12, 2017
  • 2 Posts

Education. Human rights. Freedom. Choice. You might be asking yourself why those words are written in bold and the answer is really simple. You see today we live in a society that doesn't like to stay quiet, all of our opinions have to be heard. One hand that is amazing because we can really see different points of view and it makes us more open-minded, but on the other hand this is so bad because when real issues come up like the issue of education, suddenly all the politicians become quiet. Th...

Growing From Failure

Posted no picture Maricel Hope , Student

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Maricel Hope
Member since May 13, 2017
  • 1 Post

The single greatest power we can acquire throughout adolescence and young adulthood is the ability to maintain a positive attitude and envision success regardless of the countless failures we face. At university, the words “mental health” are two words which have taken on a completely different meaning and a much greater weight. Our reactions to the disappointments we receive play a crucial role in having a healthy mental state. One surefire step to achieving success borrowed from Napoleon Hill’...

Stereotyping is NOT an issue

Posted Avatar Raquel Frescia , Student

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Raquel Frescia
Member since January 18, 2016
  • 8 Posts
  • Age 17

"Just because you see a black man driving in a nice car, does not mean it’s stolen. Ok, I stole that, but not because I’m black." If you’ve ever watched Men in black 3, you’re probably familiar with this quote. It is from a scene were Agent J, a character interpreted by Will Smith, is accused by a police officer of stealing a car. This is a clear example of stereotyping turned into discrimination.According to some psychologists, stereotypes can develop based on a cognitive mechanism kn...

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