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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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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