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"In a subtle way, you can shake the world."
― Mohandas Ghandi
― Mohandas Ghandi
*This article is a retraction, though no information was changed. The article was accidentally posted without being titled as an Op-Ed
by Christina Maldonado '19
Just Be Inc was the beginning steps of the #MeToo Movement. Tarana Burke was a youth worker who worked with children of color. Burke heard many stories about broken homes, and abusive or neglectful parents. During this time, Burke met Heaven.
Heaven was a girl who left Burke speechless. The young girl would follow Ms. Burke around, so she could beg her to listen to what she was going through. Burke sat down to listen about Heaven's ‘stepdaddy’ or her mother's boyfriend. Heaven talked about the horrible and monstrous things that were being done to her body, but this talk lasted less than five minutes. Burke had to stop the young girl from talking because Burke couldn't take it. The girl had to be directed to a different female counselor who could ‘help her better.’
“... I watched her walk away from me as she tried to recapture her secrets and tuck them back into their hiding places. I watched her put her mask back on and go back into the world like she was all alone and I couldn't bring myself to whisper… me too.” -Tarana Burke, the founder of Just Be Inc.
The #MeToo Movement is supposed to help others feel like they are not alone. Sexual harassment can happen anywhere. It is important to understand when it's happening and to know that it is safe to speak out about it.There are terrible things that happen to those who try to speak out. There may be threats, name calling, or other relationship issues.Threats are not taken lightly, because the abusers want to push the victims back into silence, and that is not what the #MeToo Movement is about. This movement is supposed to help victims express their voice. These incidents of sexual harassment and abuse are real problems happening in the world, yet not everyone is seeing what is happening.
The work place is one of the most common places where sexual harassment can occur. When there is an issue at work, there should be people who can help handle the situation and this help can be found in the Human Resource (HR) Department. This department is in the work environment to help with hiring, training, employe interaction, etc. I was able to get a document from a restaurant and see how sexual harassment is something that they're aware of and they do not tolerate it.
Jolene is a supervisor for the restaurant Cheii’s Restaurant. She stated that the employees should be well aware of how their behavior should be, because their employee handbook has a section that covers Sexual Harassment in the section under Human Resources Policies and Procedures.
Supervisor Jolene was able to provide a copy of the sexual harassment section found in the employees’ handbook. The document reads
2. Sexual harassment includes, but is not limited to actions such as:
There may be workplaces who do not handle these types of situations or acknowledges these incidents. Some employees may not feel like enough can happen so it might come to reporting a lawsuit.
Bruce Johnson from Davis Wright Tremaine talks about the impact of the #MeToo Movement. The victims of sexual harassment and sexual abuse have “drawn an outpouring” of testimonies from the #MeToo Movement. A variety of lawyers say they’ve seen a “spike of defamation” when it comes to the recent years of lawsuits. More than a half dozen of women called Johnson in the past two months, because they were being threatened for telling their story. If you want more information when it comes to lawsuits, visit American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) website.
Sexual harassment is something that should be taken seriously and people should understand the true meaning of #MeToo and what it represents.
World Wide Flu
by Christina Maldonado '19
The flu season is spreading worldwide. The CDC estimates that the flu has resulted between 9.2 million and 35.6 million illnesses. 12,000 to 56,000 deaths have been reported each year in the United States since the year 2006.
The federal health officials say that the flu rates have been intense since 2006, because of the swine flu pandemic. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated 34 million Americans got the flu during the year of 2014 to 2015. 710,000 of these Americans were hospitalized. 56,000 Americans died from the flu of that year. During a telephone news conference, the director of the C.D.C’s influence division, Dr. Daniels B Jernigan said, “We'll be expecting something around those numbers.”
The deaths of seven children was reported to the C.D.C this week. This seasons total of deaths is now at 37. There was 148 pediatric deaths in the year of 2014 to 2015. The agency encourages Americans to get their flu shots, because some doctors and pharmacies may vary in amount of supplies.
According to the CDC, the most common symptoms a person feels when having the flu is:
•Not everyone with the flu will have a fever or feverish/chills
Most people recover from the flu in several days to less than two days. The body takes about two weeks to create a full immune response. Clinicians recommend a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against this serious disease.