The United States has helped to save millions of lives through the support of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
But right now, Congress is holding meetings on cuts to the White House’s 2012 budget request for global health funding. Their decisions could jeopardize the lives of millions of people who need access to treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis.
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“I have been clean since October 18th. And it doesn’t seem like a long time but to me it seems like years. Right after I graduated I was introduced to a lot of serious drugs, but the way the people around me were doing it they made them seem like candy. I remember the first time I saw rock heroin and didn’t even think that much about it. Soon after I was doing OxyCotin, Codeine and Methadone and others that I didn’t even know what they were. It turned into just doing it every so often like at a party or just hanging out with friends to me needing something everyday to then needing it every few hours. It took me less than a year to loss my family, friends, job, school, and get in trouble with the law. Recently I’ve had a friend go to jail for selling, another friend overdosed, and another is back to doing meth and there is nothing I can do. Today I can sit here and say that I regret everything. And its so easy for your life to fall apart but so so hard to put it back together but can be done.”
An FBI advisory board overwhelmingly voted to update the narrow, archaic way the agency defines rape on Tuesday, a move that women’s rights advocates hailed as a long-overdue success.
This definition, which has not been updated since 1929, is narrower than the one used by many police departments around the country, and women’s rights advocates say it leads to the under-counting of thousands of sexual assaults each year.
At a meeting in Albuquerque, N.M. on Tuesday, the FBI’s Criminal Justice Advisory Policy Board voted to change the definition of rape in its Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Summary Reporting System, following the recommendation of a lower panel in October. The new terminology says rape is “penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
This new definition expands the old one by taking out the requirement of a “forcible” assault and the restriction that the attack must be toward a woman. It also now includes non-vaginal/penile rape and rape by a blood relative.
A woman who for months was unable to qualify for food stamps pulled a gun in a state welfare office on Monday and staged a seven-hour standoff with the police that ended with her shooting her two children before killing herself, officials said.
The children are alive but in critical condition. As the non-updated Gawker article chillingly points out, During the standoff,
Grimmer Grimmer’s daughter, Ramie, changed her Facebook page to read “may die 2day.” If you’re poor you need a tremendous amount of creativity to survive, any lack of creativity and you’re guaranteed failure. This is terrible all-around.
Photographs from the centre of a tragedy |For photographer Massoud Hossaini, the personal and professional came to a head while shooting blast at Shia shrine.
I watched a documentary today and it angered me so much that men were doing this. They actually believe that by having raping a young virgin it will cure their aids or HIV. Then when these young girls try to seek help they are called loose or told that they must have asked for it. Why is it that the victim should be the person that was raped but yet it is very shameful for her to speak up about her attack?
Betty Makoni founded Girl Child Network and is making a huge impact on young girls lives in Zimbabwe. Read this article and learn more about these young girls.
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