Social Work students collect clothes for survivors of sexual assault

first_imgThe Belles of Saint Mary’s College are working together to ease the emotional burden that survivors of sexual assault experience by collecting clothes for them through the organization Belle’s Closet.Belle’s Closet was created in Fall 2014 by Brandyn Blosser, Saint Mary’s College social work professor and 2003 alumna, to provide clothes to sexual assault survivors whose clothes were collected as a part of hospital exams. The donations provide the survivor an alternative to clothing from the lost and found or paper scrubs.“Many survivors share they feel ‘dirty’ after a rape and have no desire for additional attention,” Blosser said. “Wearing paper scrubs will definitely cause people to stare and not knowing if the donated clothing you are putting on is clean can cause even more anguish for a survivor.”Blosser said that the idea for this project came to her when she witnessed a hospital employee offering to buy clothes for a rape survivor.“My hope is survivors will know they are not alone and our community cares,” Blosser said. “A pair of new sweat pants may not seem significant to some. However, when every choice has been taken from you and you have been violated in the worst imaginable sense, new sweatpants and t-shirt are a start to feeling clean again.”Belle’s Closet not only meets community members’ needs but creates an opportunity for students in Blosser’s course Sexuality, Intimacy, and Relationships (SW341) to engage, the social work professor said. Blosser said that the organization requires students to be a part of project development and exposes them to different kinds of relationships, she said.“They receive an in depth presentation from the Special Victim’s Unit related to rape, sexual assault and domestic violence that will only help assist them to be stronger professionals when in each student’s prospective career,” said Blosser.The students involved in Belle’s Closet deliver donations of new clothing articles such as sweatpants or sweatshirts to the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center to subsequently be distributed to survivors in need. Senior Morgan Carroll took Blosser’s class last fall and said those involved in Belle’s Closet plan to reach out to larger companies for donations and holding community-wide clothing drives to help re-clothe survivors everywhere.“Providing new clothing to victims of sexual assault signifies a fresh start and gives them hope for the future,” Carroll said. “At a time when they may feel helpless and robbed of their dignity, we want to show them that they are still being cared for, that they really do matter.”Saint Mary’s senior Elizabeth Maloney said when Blosser presented the idea of Belle’s Closet to the class that her classmates were interested in right away and looked forward to getting involved.“The project means a great deal,” Maloney said. “You know, you hear of a sexual assault and you keep parroting on to others that one shouldn’t attack another person, or rape another person, but that doesn’t help the current situation, that may only influence the future. With Belle’s Closet, my classmates and I are actively helping the current victims.“I’m glad to be working behind the scenes to end a great social injustice.”Blosser said that she hopes to ignite students into action — especially when it involves a horrible situation such as sexual assault or rape.“Each of us can choose to accept the uncomfortable and gut wrenching realities of the world by saying there is nothing to be done or we can choose to fight for positive change by doing something regardless of how small,” said Blosser.last_img read more

Study: Proposed relief program would cost dairy farmers millions

first_imgStateEstimated Withholdings2000-2009Wisconsin$150.0 MillionNew York$63.5 MillionMinnesota$51.3 MillionMichigan$36.8 MillionIdaho$34.6 MillionPennsylvania$33.5 MillionTexas$33.3 MillionNew Mexico$30.7 MillionCalifornia$28.2 MillionWashington$25.0 MillionOhio$23.0 MillionIowa$16.1 MillionIndiana$15.3 MillionOregon$13.8 MillionColorado$13.7 MillionSouth Dakota$11.7 MillionArizona$10.8 MillionUtah$8.7 MillionIllinois$8.5 MillionNebraska$8.0 MillionKansas$7.3 MillionFlorida$6.9 MillionVirginia$5.8 MillionMissouri$5.1 MillionVermont$4.1 MillionGeorgia$5.4 MillionKentucky$3.2 MillionNorth Carolina$2.7 MillionMaryland$2.6 MillionOklahoma$2.5 MillionTennessee$2.3 MillionNevada$2.3 MillionMaine$2.3 MillionMassachusetts$1.3 MillionSouth Carolina$1.2 MillionNew Hampshire$1.0 MillionNorth Dakota$0.8 MillionLouisiana$0.6 MillionAlabama$0.6 MillionArkansas$0.6 MillionNew Jersey$0.6 MillionMontana$0.5 MillionConnecticut$0.4 MillionMississippi$0.3 MillionWyoming$0.2 MillionDelaware$0.2 MillionRhode Island$0.08 MillionWest Virginia$0.07 Million MIAMI, Jan. 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – A new study by Informa Economics concludes that the Dairy Market Stabilization Program (DMSP) proposed by the National Milk Producers Federation would have withheld an estimated $626 million from dairy farmers during periods when they were already under significant financial pressure. In 2009, the worst financial year on record for dairy farmers, $390 million would have been withheld, with the majority of it, $236 million, coming from just five states: Wisconsin, New York, Minnesota, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Vermont would lose $4.1 million.”We support policies that help farmers in difficult times, not those that penalize them,” said Connie Tipton, president and CEO of the International Dairy Foods Association, following the report’s release at the 2011 Dairy Forum in Miami. “This report shows that the NMPF growth management plan will take money out of dairy farmers’ pockets when they need it the most. And the regional differences highlighted by the study show that this policy would impose greater penalties on some regions ‘ for instance, during the period analyzed by the report, the Midwest and the Northeast would have taken the biggest hit.”Compared to those regions, California, the number one dairy-producing state in the country, barely broke the top 10 states in amount withheld over the 10-year span and ranked 23rd as a percent of the withholding compared to total milk production in the state.Informa conducted a full review of the DMSP, which would withhold payments from farmers who deliver milk in excess of their “base” level when milk prices are low relative to feed costs. Using government statistics, Informa reported the impact this program would have had if it had been in place from 2000 to 2009. The program would have been activated four times between 2000 and 2009, with deductions in effect 18 months during the study period.Informa’s study supports with facts the assumption that milk production does not respond quickly or significantly to lower prices: the U.S. all-milk price fell from $18.40 per hundred weight in August 2008 to $12.10 per hundred weight in August of 2009, a 33.5 percent drop in the price, but milk production was only down 0.1 percent in August 2009 compared to August 2008 (Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture data, Informa calculations).The study shows that with milk production growing year to year on farms of all sizes, payments could be withheld from farms of all sizes. By reducing revenue during periods of already low margins, the program will hit higher-cost farms harder than lower-cost farms. While there are low-cost farms of all sizes in nearly all states, Informa reported that larger farms with lower costs would have an advantage over smaller farms facing the same percentage withholdings.”The industry needs to move on legislation that will provide support to dairy farmers,” said Tipton. “Margin insurance, and other proposals where processors and producers agree, should be part of that plan. Programs to limit milk supply or impose penalties on producers should not even be on the table in our industry discussion.”The full report is available on the IDFA website and at www.KeepDairyStrong.com(link is external), a new effort by IDFA to provide information about government-run milk supply-control programs that would set limits on how much milk a dairy can produce and impose penalties on dairies that produce too much milk.The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA), Washington, D.C., represents the nation’s dairy manufacturing and marketing industries and their suppliers, with a membership of 550 companies representing a $110-billion a year industry. IDFA is composed of three constituent organizations: the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), the National Cheese Institute (NCI) and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA). IDFA’s 220 dairy processing members run more than 600 plant operations, and range from large multi-national organizations to single-plant companies. Together they represent more than 85 percent of the milk, cultured products, cheese and frozen desserts produced and marketed in the United States. IDFA can be found online at www.idfa.org(link is external).Attachment A: Estimated Withholdings 2000-2009 by Statelast_img read more

Who will win: Apple Pay or Google Wallet?

first_imgby: Jared MillerApple Pay vs. Google Wallet: who’s going to come out on top? It’s a pretty trendy question right now. Several credit unions we’ve talked to are holding back on Apple Pay to make sure it’s going to take off. Google Wallet has been out for a couple of years now with little traffic, but it’s Google…the largest data company in the world. So, who will win as the main mobile wallet provider? We have a simple answer: both (plus others).Apple vs. Google: Seen It BeforeLet’s have a little history lesson to help put this into some context. Remember when the first shots were fired? Google became a real smartphone competitor to Apple, and the battle between Google Maps and Apple Maps began. Who won the map battle? Neither. The most common map application run on IOS smartphones is Apple Maps. The most common map application run on Androids is Google Maps. Sure, some users download Google Maps to their IOS, but it’s not the majority. Both found room to compete successfully. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Former Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion John Morrison to Return to WWE

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AAAImpact WrestlingJohn MorrisonLucha Underground First Published: September 27, 2019, 3:20 PM IST John Hennigan, who is popularly known as John Morrison or Johnny Impact, in the wrestling circle is making his return to WWE.It was revealed on Thursday that the former WWE Intercontinental and Tag Team Champion has signed a deal to return to WWE, according to a report by  PWInsider. However, there is no word yet on when Morrison is slated to arrive back on WWE television, or which brand will he be a part of after next week’s RAW and SmackDown drafts leading to SmackDown’s FOX debut on October 4.An IGN report speculated that the “Shaman of Sexy,” could also become part of NXT, which made the big switch from streaming to broadcast recently, premiering on USA Network.Notably, the American professional wrestler was the winner of Tough Enough III, a televised competition that would award the winner a WWE contract, and was assigned to their then developmental territory, Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), to continue his wrestling training. Hennigan was called up to the SmackDown! roster in April 2005 under the ring name Johnny Nitro and on his debut match, Hennigan (as a part of MNM) won the WWE Tag Team Championship.Hennigan won the ECW World Championship once, the Intercontinental Championship three times, and is a five-time world tag team champion (one World Tag Team and four WWE Tag Team Championships) before leaving WWE in November 2011, following which he wrestled overseas on the independent circuit before finding success in Lucha libre wrestling promotions Lucha Underground and Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide under the ring name Johnny Mundo.In AAA, he was the promotion’s first-ever triple champion. Hennigan also signed with Impact Wrestling in 2017, under the ring name Johnny Impact, and headlined the promotion’s 2017 and 2018 Bound for Glory events. He even won the Impact World Championship once, with his reign being the longest in seven years. last_img read more