Audrie & Daisy

Audrie & Daisy

This documentary follows the life of two sexual assault victims and the obstacles they have had to overcome.

Netflix just released an amazing documentary following the lives of two very important sexual assault cases. Audrie and Daisy is about two girls who were sexually assaulted back in 2012. Though they lived across the country from each other, there cases where eerily similar. Sadly Audrie ended up taking her own life just eight days after her assault. If that doesn’t prove how quickly something like this can completely ruin someone's life I don't know what else could. It took a little over a week for this young girl who had a huge future ahead of her to feel like she had nowhere else to turn. She felt that at 15 years old she had nowhere else to go and that her reputation was ruined to the point of no return.

We live in a time where we are still trying to figure out how to approach social media during this horrific events. Society is still trying to understand and grasp the effect social media has on events such as sexual assault. Not that long ago, media wasn’t even a part of sexual assault. Photos weren’t shared of victims, messages weren’t spread. We are trying to adapt to a constantly changing world, but can we ever really catch up?

Until people are educated about the impact they have on each person lives, they will continue to do these horrific things. We can put up as many blocks as we want, as many “sensitive content” screens, but these things will continue to happen.

There are many people who choose to send out pictures of themselves, but that doesn’t mean these private images can be spread at the will of whoever received them. Too many times people have sent an image to someone they trust who has then sent the image to a countless number of people. We as a society are still trying to catch up on how technology is affecting how sexual assault and harassment is seen.

It is not uncommon for young girls to be asked for pictures, and blatantly disrespected when they say no. Over recent years, young girls feel pressured to do these type of things because it is what “everyone is doing.” What many people don’t realize is that with the new use of technology, there are so many new sides and results to sexual harassment and sexual assault.

This document shows how sexual assault has basically become an issue that affects every aspect of someone's life. Tweets were made, facebook messages, text messages, etc, about these two young girls. They were harassed because they stood up to what happened to them. Not just them, but their families lives were totally turned upside down because of someone else lack of respect. One family had to get up and move, while another lost their daughter.

This documentary goes deep into the lives of people who have dealt with the unimaginable. Audrie and Daisy are two very important stories because it just proves how one action can completely change someone.

Luckily, Daisy got the help she needed, but not without struggling. She even tried to take her own life, just as Audrie had. But with the support of her family, she has managed to get through her struggles.

The documentary shows the struggles, but the overall outcomes of the victims. Where they are today, and what they are doing with their lives. I hope anyone who watches this movie is as moved as I was. I also hope that for anyone who has gone through this, they see that they aren’t the only ones. This documentary proves that everyone is fighting a battle and everyone can get through it. You just have to keep on fighting, no matter how hard the upcoming road may seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.
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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.


To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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The Football World Loses One Of Its Finest Players

Bart Starr passed away and NFL players, coaches, and fans all mourn the loss of the Packer legend, but his life and career will live on in hearts of Packer nation forever.


Bart Starr passed away at the age of 85 in Birmingham, Alabama. The NFL lost a great player. The Green Bay Packers lost a hero. And, the world lost a true gentleman. Starr's legacy has surpassed his accomplishments on the gridiron. He inspired not only his peers but the generations that have come after him. He is — and always — will be remembered as a Hall of Famer, a champion, and a Packer.

Bart Starr was a Packers legend. Starr led Green Bay to six division titles and five world championships. As the quarterback of Vince Lombardi's offense, he kept the machine going and executed the plays like no other. His mastery of the position was a large part of the Packers success in the 1960s. Starr was also the perfect teammate for the perfect team. His leadership put him in command of the Packers. Starr's time in Green Bay will not be forgotten by former players, coaches, and the fans.

Bart Starr's resume is rivaled by few in NFL history. He played in 10 postseason games and won 9 of them. He led the Packers to victory in Super Bowls I and II and won the MVP award in both games. He was the MVP of the league in 1966 and was named to the NFL All-Decade Team of the 1960s. The Packers retired his number 15 and Starr has been inducted into the Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fame.

After his playing days, Starr would become the head coach of the Packers. He could not repeat the success he had on the field from the 1960s teams. His coaching years do not take away from his legacy as one of the all-time great Packers. Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

One of Starr's last visits to Lambeau field was on a cold November night in 2015. Starr and his wife attended a ceremony in which the Packers retired Brett Favre's jersey number. Starr was the perfect personification of what it meant to be a Packer. His most heroic moment came in the 1967 NFL Championship Game. The Ice Bowl came down to a third and goal in Lambeau Field's south endzone against the Dallas Cowboys. Starr came to the sidelines and bravely told Vince Lombardi that he can sneak it in for a game-winning touchdown. Lombardi then replied, "Run it, and let's get the hell out of here." Starr ran a quarterback sneak for the game-winner and the Packers were off to Super Bowl II. Without Starr, Green Bay would not have won a second straight Super Bowl. His leadership in big game moments will live with Packers fans for a lifetime.

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Starr leaves behind his wife Cherry, his son, and three granddaughters. Packers fans will have a tight grip on the memories Bart Starr and the 60s teams created. Starr left behind a template for being a Green Bay Packer. He also left a template for being a good man and a gentleman of the game of football. He was a competitor and a leader. Packer nation mourns for the loss of one of the finest human beings the game has seen.

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