Four women have been sexually harassed in the Maldives. These women were taken during an anti-government protest, on March 19th brought in to a police station and violated. They were forced to strip off their clothes and undergo a naked body check up. They were brutally beaten physically and mentally. The women were under the suspicion of holding drugs in their private parts, which is why the police officers searched the ladies body’s. These women once released found help in the company amnesty international.
The part that surprised me the most was that the police officers violating these four women’s privacy were women. This was surprising because when you think of abuse your mind jumps straight away to images of women being harmed by strong men. However, this was not the case women were being beaten up by other women. Another thing that was confusing to me is the article never included why these women were harmed, or was this violation of the women’s rights targeted for these four women?
Many questions appeared in my mind when I read this article yet, the on that stuck to me was how would I react if I was so unfortunate to be put in this situation, where government officers violated me and traumatized me. When I first thought about it I said to myself I would speak up and out straight away you see I’m a very talkative person. However, when I kept thinking about it I realized that no I would not speak out it would be a memory that I would pretend never happened. I would move it to the back of my brain and try never to think about it again. I think that because I’m such a talkative and peppy person that my view on life would change and I wouldn’t be myself ever again, because knowing whats out there in the big world is very different than experiencing it.
Just because people are cleared and the case in court says it’s over does not mean it is. In 2010 a the major corporation BP spilled gallons of oil into the gulf of mexico. It spread over miles of the gulf codding the water with oil destroying life below. According to the article, ” BP Oil Spill, Aftermath: Eyeless Shrimp, Clawless Crabs and Fish with Oozing Sores.” By Casey Chan. The after effects of the BP oil spill. They include mutations and destruction of seafood and whole species. The seafood is in danger of going extinct or being mutated. The seafood is dangerous for us it can cause fetal damage to our organs. Al Jazeea a biologist believes that it is the decedents of the animals that were in the oil spill that are paying the price. On top of this to clean up the oil harmful chemicals were thrown in to the gulf. These chemicals increased the number of mutated animals in the gulf and increased the number of extinct species.
BP does not except the blame for the mutations of the water life in the gulf. I was wondering why and how the company got way with this and why are national environmental groups not commenting? I think that because national environmental groups would not get involved in BP’s case the government didn’t have many options. I was thinking about this, and I can’t get over the fact that even after these mutations have happened, most of the seafood in the continents of North and South America come from the this gulf. Which means thousands of people are eating fish that has been contaminated yet environmental groups and health groups still let us eat it with out making BP pay their price they leave it up to the one thousand people that have no idea what they are eating. This also makes me question what I have I been eating?
These fish and their children that have been exposed to the oil and the chemicals with have kids with problems for generations to come. You may think well it is just fish, well that has been proven wrong, when you eat these fish you may develop side effects such as, nausea, cardiovascular damage, and respiratory system damage. This amount of damage to the gulf not only harms the water life but, also harms the life of those who live near. Jobs of the people that live on the coast has gone down because all of their jobs revolved around fish and when the fish is damaged so are the businesses. BP should have to pay for destroying these peoples lives and their main food source.
In Dhaka slum dwellers were told to move back ten meters from the road so, the government could expand the road. However, the government didn’t only bulldoze those ten meters they bulldozed fifty meters off from the roads. In the article, ” Dhaka Slum Dwellers Live under the Threat of Eviction.” It was written by Syed Zain Al-Mahmood. Many families homes were damaged and businesses torn down. People were hurt and peoples lives were ruined.
This article taught me that not everyone follows the rules even the people that make them. One question I have is how will these people get up off their feet and rebuild what they had? I think that as a kid in going to school in a good family and with all the things I need in my reach its hard for me be hard to understand everything that is going on in these peoples lives. I can’t comprehend exactly why the government wouldn’t just tell them to move fifty meters back in stead of ten. However, if I were in this situation I would rotate my children in and out of school so their lives are as undisturbed as possible, while my husband and I would try to get us back on our feet as fast as we could.
This changed the view of the world for me because I knew some governments were bad but this is a whole different kind of bad. This made me think about how awful some people in the world have it and the government can just decide to swoop in and make everything ten times worse. I always wonder how these people get to be in power? Who says that this is okay that they can put a whole village of slum dwellers out on the streets? I think that this should be illegal because the government informed the people that they needed to move back ten meters from the road. Then they decided that they should expand fifty meters instead of ten which demolished peoples homes and even killed a little girl. One thing that scares me is that they are getting away with murder, but what is anybody going to do about it nothing. These people have no one to help them fight for their cause, which is why the rest of us no matter who you are or where your from you can help.
“Cute as a button.” Is what she used to call me, but now when we pass each other though the hallway she barley even gives me the time of day. She lounges down the hall with all her cheerleader friends surrounding her. You see, we used to be best friends before high school that is. Her name is Julia and my name is Jason, I’m a tech geek and she’s a cheerleader. Straight away you think, how were we friends well before high school she was the girl next door. But in the summer of 8th grade when we were about ready to become freshmen she changed she became beautiful and radiant, her hair flowed over her shoulders, and it bounced like a butterfly, when she ran. Her eyes are as blue as the sky and her smile could light up a room, I guess I received what you call the short end of the stick. My face filled up with pimples, I am skinny and slanky. It didn’t help when all the other boys would play sports I achieved all the high score on every video game in the arcade. I learned how to hack any computer or security system possible while all the other boys were gaining muscles. It didn’t matter what I could do on a computer that doesn’t attract the girls. No matter what people say it’s not what’s on the inside that counts. They lie, they will always pick bronze over brains.
On the first day of high school we walked in together well she walked I rolled did I mention I’m in a wheel chair. Our schedule’s were so different I only saw her on our walk home, but she had to practice her routine for cheer-leading tryouts and I had to do my honors class home work. Everyday though out the month we would see each other less and less. Until there came a day where I didn’t see her at all, we never had time for each other anymore. Now its like I never knew her, and I never will.
Would you trade your sister, niece, or daughter to make up for a crime you committed? Well in South Sudan it is part of their culture. Trading young girls is very common. For example if I were a boy and I committed a crime against this one family, I would have to repay that family with one girl from my family. She would go and live with them it is almost if they use girls as a bargain. These girls are traded at ages as young as six. They are sexually abused and physically abused. In this article the girl Atia was traded at age eight for a crime her uncle committed then was forced into marriage at the age of nine. Atia hates her life so much she tried to kill herself twice and she is only fourteen now.
What I don’t understand was why trading someone would be enough to pay off a crime. From experience, I think that once someone or something is killed or stolen they can never be replaced to the same measure. However, in this culture I think that these girls are not exactly replacements but are more of, I’m sorry cards or presents . Sent to a new family to redeem a member of their old one. This is important because it changes the way we may look at their culture. At first when I read about this I thought it was sick and incriminating that they were bring back what we have fought wars to over come, but it’s their countries culture and who am I to say or do anything. However, a couple days ago in class my teacher gave us a project in which we are to pick a cause to help and spread awareness on. That’s when I came to thinking I could do something about this cause, and if people would know about it more we could save thousands of lives of little girls. I think that if more people knew about what these girls are going through then the UN would fight harder for the lives of the little girls.
How would you feel if you were one of these girls? Being traded for something your uncle, brother, or father did. Abused and rapped every single day by not just one member of this new family but multiple. How would you cope to the fact that your family didn’t even think twice before giving or marrying you away? If they just walked up to you one day and said get packed your going to the Smiths to repay for something your brother did. How would you feel about having to pay the price for someone else’s crime?
There have been five school shootings worldwide this year. I read about the latest school shooting in the world it happened on April 2nd in Oakland. I read about it in the article, ” US Police Name Suspect in Oakland College Shooting”. The article made me ask myself many questions, such as, why would people want hurt their class mates or in simpler words what was their motive? How often do school shootings happen in a year? I went to sleep that night thinking about what I would do in the situation and how life would be for me if I had survived. Then another question popped in my head, what if I were the shooter, how would I react? The suspect of the Oakland shooting confessed to a security guard at a supermarket an hour later. Would I confess or would I hide away? I was so intrigued by the topic of school shootings that I decided that it was in my best interest to do some research.
In my research I found myself reading the article, “School Shooting Stats” in which the author states, “The one thing that really stands out is that school shootings almost always take place by males. There are only two recorded female school shootings.” This piece of information was surprising to me, but then I asked some of my friends what type of bullying did they think of when I said the world “bully” majority said physical bullying. However,if I told them the bully is a girl, most of them straight away turned around and said that then they think it was emotional/mental. If I said the the bully was a boy every single person I ask immediately responded that the bullying was most probably physical. I jumped from that statemet
As I continued my research, I read that school shootings and suicides are usually motivated by being bullied. When I thought about this more it occurred to me that when someone takes their own life because of constant bullying it is sad but we never blame the people that made the child be put in the situation. that he/she would even consider taking their own life. We may blame the whole aspect of bullying for making someone take his/her life however, if someone lash’s out by hurting other people the boy/girl that wants others to feel the way he/she did is in trouble for responding to years and years of bullying. Some thing else that took me was that in Catherine Barber’s Harvard Injury Control Research Center power point, “Trends in Rates and Methods of Suicide”, her charts from 1985 to 2004 show that men have a higher rate of suicides than women. This made me wonder how women lash out to abuse physical or mental.
In my need to for fill my interest I read different articles ranging from the motives of school shootings. to what age group has the most school shootings, I read about what countries have the highest suicides and shootings rates. Though all this research I learned that it does not matter what people say about you how they act towards you. You are you, so embrace it, embrace your past, present and future. Don’t let bullying get to you.
One of my strengths as a writer is providing just enough details to get you on my side. I am able to sum up a story small enough so you’re interested, and you understand my point of view, but not so that you get bored of what you’re reading. A problem that I encountered was who was I going to write to. I solved that problem by picking three or four different people to write an independence letter to. I decided to write about the one that I had the most grievances on.
I came up with my ideas by brainstorming and looking for examples that will prove my point. Most of the examples that I looked for were grievances. I built on my grievances as I wrote my letter making them stronger than before. If I were to start this assignment over I would watch my conventions more carefully and my word choice so it would bring more power to my letter.
There comes a time in everyone’s life that they have to cut bonds with their parents and teachers. It is time for us to part ways;I am old enough to take care of myself. The laws of nature, and nature’s god, entitle us to a decent respect to the opinion of mankind, and requires that we should declare the causes which impel us to separation.
Declaration of Student Rights
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all students are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with the rights to life, liberty and to pursue what makes them happy. Parents and teacher receive their power from students. When we are denied our rights we have the right to do anything in our power to obtain those rights, of safety, liberty, life, and to pursue happiness. Which we are we are being denied our rights because parents and teachers are trying to control our lives, giving us no chance of freedom or to try to become happy.
List of Grievances
We have had to suffer though mistreatments or wrong accusations. We want to express our feelings to the rest of the world. Here is what parents and teachers are doing to us.
-You give us an overload of homework without considering what we have to do in other classes.
For instance, this week I had two tests on Wednesday, a project due Thursday that was given to us on Tuesday, and I had to finish a piece of writing by Thursday.
- You give us an extra block (advisory ) a day that you told us would be for developing relationships and to finish homework
However, all that block does is give us extra work and make us wait longer for lunch. We can’t develop relationships because we are always writing blog posts on our computers, or talking about a topic that none of us have interest in. To develop a relationship between people you have to find interests and bond over them, or have fun together.
- Your clocks in each class always are different. We get out of one class and become late for the other because one teacher’s clock is different compared to the other, then we end up having to get tardy slips.
- Our breaks and lunchtimes are not even half the time of a whole class period. We have to sit in a chair for over five hours each day and we do not have time for balance in life.
Statement of Prior Attempts to Redress Grievances:
We have requested that you change your ways. However, you have taken no interest in what we have to say. We have spoken to you about what we like and don’t like, but you refuse to support our causes. We have reminded you of the circumstances and obstacles we have to overcome as a teenager. This relationship has been one sided for far too long and it is time we must leave and walk away.
Declaration of Independence
We are responsible to develop our own way of learning that shall involve a more flexible schedule, a way to include humor, and make our lives more exciting. We, therefore, the Representatives of all students, pledge that we are willing to give up all that we have to accomplish freedom. Things we are willing to give up are all our electronics, our lives, and our dignity.
Found Poem Patrick Henry’s speech
The war has begun.
Yet we stand here idle.
crying peace peace but there is no peace.
We are slaves!
Sold at the price of chains.
Forged by hands of a spurned gentleman.
We stud here yesterday in hope to receive the sweet kiss of our masters.
Today we stand here with opinions and dreams that we should not have to implore for.
Our masters commit treason towards their king.
Why do we not do the same? They have stud in the position of tyranny for far to long
This is no act of disloyalty,
for we have shut our eyes to the painful truth because of fear.
Why do we fall in the illusion of hope?
Why do we not take peace before they transform us into beasts?
We have kissed the feet for our owners for to long!
We shall snare them in It is time we take the war in to our own hands!
I beseech you to break free of your bonds!
Give me freedom or give me death!
“She shoots she score’s wait no it couldn’t be, player number four came from behind the goalie and booted the ball out of the goal!” The announcer yelled, “what a great save for SSIS.” As I sprint up and down the field my heart rushes; the beats become faster and faster as the game goes on. I look up for a pass to the strikers. Hoping someones open. Something that shows the ESLR balance in life it that I play soccer. In SSIS there are five expected schoolwide learing results (ESLR’s) that the school focuses on. The ESLR that I am the most successful at is balance in life because I participate in may activites around school. The ESLR that I want to improve is sense of self because I want to gain more control of outcomes in my life and what goes on in it.
I am good at the ESLR Balance in life. I am successful at this ESLR because I am involved in many activities. Such as student council, soccer, basketball, softball, volleyball, and other ECAP activites. Another reason I’m successful at this is because I have a life outside of school. I have younger sisters that I spend time with and I always have time for my friends. These two reasons show that I have balance in my life becuase I don’t just focus on one specific part of my life. I branch out futher.
I want to improve sense of self because it will help me evolve into the person I want to be. One reason I’m not great at this ESLR is because I don’t have as much control over my life as I want. I am not as on top of things as I could be which makes me doubte myself. I aslo want to improve this in the way that I am able to find my limits my weaknesses and strenghts. I want to be able to do these things because with them I can excel later in life.
Here is how I can improve the ESLR sense of self. To controll what is happening in my life, I could set up a system for I get things accomplished . Setting up specific dates will help me with when I want things done by and how I want them done. Another thing that if I fix it it will improve my sense of self is my ablitiy to know my limits and strenghts and weaknesses. I could find these out by testing myself and seeing how or when I crack. If I improve this ESLR it improves all aspects of my life not just one as may of the other have.
The ESLR’s are important in our middle school lives because they give us goals to work towards. Each ESLR covers a different aspect of our lives and some people are better at certain ones than others. The ESLR’s are kind of like massive guide lines to follow or try to achieve.