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CDC on Sexual Violence: 1 in 5 U.S. Women Have Been Raped

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Sexual violence, stalking, and intimate partner violence are a public health threat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A national survey using the most recent data on the subject found that 19.3 percent of women and 1.7 percent of men had been raped in their lifetimes. In all, 1.6 percent of women said they had been raped in the past year.

“Consistent with previous studies, the overall pattern of results suggest that women, in particular, are heavily impacted over their lifetime. However, the results also indicate that many men experience …

5 Hot Springs Spas: Vacation with Healing Waters

This photo shows an overlook of the French Broad River and Hot Springs, NC

 

Hot springs spas make the ultimate R&R vacation. 

I stood in the middle of a field in Iceland alongside a babbling brook, eyeing my travel companions. Strangers just an hour earlier, we now began to disrobe as though we were old friends or family. When we were down to just our bathing suits (or skimpier undergarments), we plunged into the river, fed by natural hot springs, and immediately settled in. The waters instantly went to work on our muscles—a …

Eyebrow Styles Over the Ages

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It’s interesting to look back and pay homage to women’s beauty as represented by eyebrow styles from around the world.

Just like clothing fashion, eyebrow fashion has a life of its own. In our time, we’ve witnessed trends from thin, high-arched pencil drawn eyebrows to the natural, thicker, unkempt eyebrow style, and back again. Your eyebrows are surprisingly important in determining your look. They are meant to complement the shape of your face, and when your eyebrow shape is off, you’re entire appeal could change. While eyebrow styles come and go, what …

A Song for the Oceans that Will Change How You View Water Forever [Video]

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Watch as shaman Angaangaq shares a powerful song for the waters of the world out amongst massive icebergs. It’s so chilling you’ll feel like you’re right there on the icy water. Angaangaq says: “The ocean takes many lives in its hunger for knowledge. I pray to the Great One that the ocean may be good to us and I sing her this song, the song for the ocean.”

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Domestic Abuse: Why the #WhyIStayed, #WhyILeft Hashtags are Important

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We’ve all likely seen–or at the very least heard of–the video of Ray Rice, the indefinitely suspended professional football player, punching his then girlfriend, now fiancé, Janay Rice, in the face.

The video is incredibly upsetting for many reasons. First, we’re witnessing domestic abuse, which is terrible and inexcusable. Second, after the viewing the tape, the NFL decided to only suspend Rice for a few games. He punched a woman in the face and was given a less harsh punishment than players caught with marijuana.

Now, since the full video …

USDA Farming Techniques Improve Ugandan Crop Yields

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Between 1987-2007 much of Northern Uganda was engaged in a civil war that left the rural nation closed off to development and investment. It also left the population with a serious food insecurity issue. Now USDA’s Food for Progress Program, along with The National Cooperative Business Association-Cooperative League of the United States of America International (NCBA-CLUSA) and Mercy Corps are teaching small farmers in the area farming techniques to increase their yields.

Ugandan farmers like Grace Opono have implemented farming techniques that have helped her double her yields in just two seasons. Now …

16 Thoughtful Ideas on How to Cheer Someone Up

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Bestie down in the dumps? Learn how to cheer someone up, stat.

Learning how to cheer someone up is a fine art… that doesn’t start with saying, “Cheer up.” (In fact, never ever (ever!) say it because it just makes things worse.) If your BFF is having a crap day, week, or decade, these are the moments that matter most in your friendship.

Personally, I love it when my friends feel like shit… wait, that came out wrong. What I mean is, I love being there for the people I care about: …

William Trubridge: New Zealand Dolphins Imminent Extinction ‘Shameful’ and ‘Shocking’

 New Zealand Dolphin Mum and Calf by Steve Dawson Zoe Helene EcoSalon

The New Zealand dolphins are in danger of extinction in the very near future. World Champion freediver Will Trubridge wants to change that.

Will Trubridge holds 15 world records in freediving, an extreme sport that requires divers to breath-hold into the abyss. He’s the first human to reach a depth of 100 meters without fins, rope, weight or any other assistance, and he’s won the World Absolute Freediver prize twice. His life is busy with competitions in Europe and his own elite freediving …