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#MaybeHeDoesntHitYou Shows Why Abuse Doesn’t Always Have To Be Physical

Over the past couple of days one of the top trending hashtags on twitter has been #MaybeHeDoesntHitYou.

Using the hashtag, women online have been able to share their experiences of past emotionally and mentally abusive relationships, helping to break the stigma that a relationship has to be physically violent to be considered abusive.

In only 140 characters women from around the world have told the horrifying and true reality that some must face every day.

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For such a long time many people believed that in order to be considered an abusive relationship, there has to be a physical element to it.

Untitled3 Women who were in mentally and emotionally abusive relationships genuinely believed that if they did not have bruises or marks to show for it, that they weren’t being abused.

This idea is what for years kept women with the men who would insult, degrade, and humiliate them on a regular basis.

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But using the hashtag women are banding together and taking a stand. These tweets are bringing to light elements of abuse that thousands of women always considered to just be typical parts of being in a relationship.

They want to redefine what it means to be abused. Be called degrading names, being manipulated and controlled, and broken down by someone that “loves you” isn’t normal. It isn’t something any one should have to take.

Being made to feel lesser or not good enough by a significant other is not being loved. It is abuse.

RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in public affairs. You can write for us.

This Twitter Conversation Perfectly Sums Up Why Trump Is The GOP’s Nominee

Sometimes it can be pretty dangerous to look around in the parts of Twitter that don’t like the sunshine.

You know what I’m talking about: the hordes of the mentally undead who troll around and live in an alternative universe where facts don’t matter and the search for truth is futile.

But a few weeks ago, I found a Tweet chain that really does a good job in summing up why Donald Trump has become the presumptive Republican nominee for President.

Here it is in all its nutty glory:

Ah yes @LancastrianRed, it is so easy to find knowledge nowadays. And luckily, I do like to search for it, unlike you.

It turns out that many in the right-wing nut-o-sphere have been bashing Snopes for years, claiming that it is little more than a left-wing blog.

But this is not at all the truth. Snopes is run by two of the most non-partisan people you can find.

Founded in 1995 by Barbara and David Mikkelson, Snopes fact checks things that circulate around the Internet to help the general public decipher between fact and fiction. The website preforms a very important duty and has a sterling record according to many outside fact checkers.

One of those outside fact checkers, the properly named FactCheck.org looked into Snopes in 2009 to see whether it all added up. At the time, many conservatives were making claims that Snopes was a liberal tool.

But FactCheck could not find any evidence of liberal bias.

In fact, the Mikkelsons were found to be two of the most politically balanced people out there. David is a former Republican turned independent, while Barbara is a Canadian who can’t vote in US elections.

There is just no truth to the idea that Snopes has a political agenda. The only agenda it truly has is to inform their readers and to fight to discover the truth. That is called journalism and is the only thing that keeps our society from devolving into a PR run puffery state.

Of course, there is little hope that people that deny Snopes will be able to believe this fact check either.

That is why people like Donald Trump are able to rise: large swaths of America live in their own fact bubbles. And that is a serious problem that this election will surely not fix.

RISE NEWS is a grassroots journalism news organization that is working to change the way young people become informed and engaged in public affairs. You can write for us.

Obama Invites 9th Grader Wrongly Arrested Over Homemade Clock To White House

President Barack Obama took to social media Wednesday to express his support of a Texas teenager who was arrested after he brought a homemade clock to school.

Fourteen year old Ahmed Mohamed told the Washington Post that he just wanted to be noticed by his teachers at MacArthur High School in Irving, TX but was instead arrested and brought to a juvenile detention center.

The arrest quickly turned into a viral social media campaign calling for solidarity against discrimination about Muslims in the United States. The #IStandWithAhmed was trending on Twitter early Wednesday with over 450 thousand Tweets associated with the phrase.

President Obama also Tweeted his support for Mohamed, even inviting him to the White House.

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