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Sexual Assault Is Never Funny

Following the January 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) logged onto Instagram and told her truth-a truth that she had not told many people about before that moment. AOC disclosed that she is a sexual assault survivor.   Survivors of sexual assault experience Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD). PTSD can present itself in many different …

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The two primary political parties are not the same

Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said, “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant.” This is the position you take when you say, “Oh, …

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Officers need to face repercussions for pepper spraying a nine-year-old

On Friday Jan. 29, Rochester police responded to a call about a nine-year-old girl making threatening statements to harm herself and her mother. The nine-year old, in a mental health crisis, exclaimed many times that she wanted her father. In a mental health crisis, our fight or flight response tends to take control and we don’t think logically.   Our sympathetic nervous …

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QAnon is no longer the fringe political movement. It’s an existential threat.

The far-right movement, QAnon, was born on the internet, the Wild West of ideas in the modern age. Its tentacles have now stretched into the real world.  Firstly, let’s actually define what the QAnon movement is. That is quite a tall order. Put simply, it’s a far-right political movement focused on various conspiracies. Specifically, the conspiracy theory …

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LGBTQ+ rights do not take away women’s rights

President Biden’s inauguration took place last Wednesday, Jan. 20. Following his inauguration, he got to work repealing transphobic bills and making executive orders preventing discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.   Section one of the Executive Order states, “Every person should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear, no matter …

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