What do we do now?

 

It is 2017 and the subjects of rape, sexual assault are yet still prominent in our society, another year goes by and proper justice has yet to surface for the victims of these crimes.

The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network is an informative website that provides information and up to date statistics on the topics of rape, abuse, violence and incest. According to their website, the term sexual assault refers to sexual contact or behaviour that occurs without explicit consent of the victim. Some forms of sexual assault include: Attempted rape. Fondling or unwanted sexual touching. It is also the penetration of the victim’s body, which is commonly known as rape. (RAINN, 2017)

Although a touchy subject, it is one that reigns in many college campuses as well as in the workplace and domestic homes.

Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault.

Sexual violence affects hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. While we’re making progress — the number of assaults has fallen by more than half since 1993 — even today, only 6 out of every 1,000 rapists will end up in prison. (RAINN, 2017)

There are a vast number of victims who must suffer mental trauma from the crimes of sexual violence. To get insight on the matter, reporter Gracia Mboko connected with Dr. Vietta (Sue) Wilson, retired sports psychologist for the Canadian Olympic team.

Mboko gathers from Dr.Wilson that sexual assault tends to be present in close personal relationships between the victim and the perpetrator.

“Sexual assault is a very difficult topic to discuss for many, from my area of expertise and client’s I’ve worked with, the acts are detrimental to the performance and personal health of the victims.” Dr.Wilson addresses. “You can’t undo the experience, and it takes bravery to speak to someone about it”.

Dr.Wilson’s role is to assist the athletes to better their sports performance. Through the established trust her clients are open to share any other issues they may be going through and use Dr. Wilson as a outlet to seek further aid and assistance.

With regards to college athletics, campuses or the workplace a different approach to tackling the problem and delivering justice to the victims must be made.

Razan Hawwa is a Business Economics Student at McMaster University, who was asked her thoughts on the issue.

She explains, “ Sexual assault should be everyone’s problem, and schools shouldn’t try to cover these crimes up or minimize the issue. I know girls who have been sexually assaulted and words cannot describe how bad I feel for them,” she adds “I could be next”.

The big question here is when will colleges start taking a different approach or doing more to minimize the potential risks of sexual assault and rape on their campuses.

Hawwa adds her final statement “ A friend of mine went to report an assault to our campus police, and throughout the investigation process the questions they would ask her were “ What were you wearing, were you drunk, did you say no? It’s sad that as women we are asking for it because we aren’t careful, something needs to change.”

Mboko then connected with student athlete Simon Levy from Ferris State University to gain a college male’s point of view on the matter.There have been numerous cases where there hasn’t been an adequate sentence for how severe sexual assault is in itself. Some downplay the issue or turn and make jokes about it, but it is a serious problem, especially on college campuses, where the perpetrators take advantage of the victims prior to the assaults.

Levy exclaims “I feel bad for the people out there who get sexually assaulted at work, and live in fear of losing their jobs if they tell someone about it. I’m also tired of seeing news stories of yet another teenage boy getting charges dropped and serving a lesser sentence on a rape or sexual assault case.”

Levy then adds that “ The best part of this is and I am being a little sarcastic or overplaying the matter but this is real life, and the stats are only the one’s we hear about, what about the people who haven’t spoken up?

Through information Levy has gathered and from what he’s read and seen on the news, he continues to explain ” The best case scenarios tend to happen to the Caucasian perpetrators, there are more severe consequences delivered to people of color. Unfortunately that is how our society works, I really hope to see change.”

On a positive aspect through data generated from national statistics as well as RAINN, the stats are improving for tackling this issue. People are becoming educated on the matter, and about solving and preventative methods to prevent more victims from being subject to acts of rape, sexual assault and violence. Academic institutions are also making their efforts by incorporating programs, and help lines, and adjusting their consequences to those who are guilty of committing these crimes.

 

Sexual Assault is Everyone’s Issue !

 

(feature image retrieved from google images, )

National Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved July 15, 2017, from http://www.rrsonline.org/?page_id=944

RAINN | Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network. (n.d.). Retrieved Jul 14, 2017 from https://rainn.org/get-information/statistics/sexual-assault-victims

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A Young Reporter from Venezuela Triumphing in Canada

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Accustomed to challenges, Nelson Perez came to Canada with a goal in mind and in the process changed his life by taking advantage of every opportunity. An avid athlete and sports fan, the love for sports brought Nelson Perez to the profession he now adores at a very young age. This profession is in the field of journalism.

Journalism is centered around research, documentation, extensive writing skills, and being able to present news in an objective manner. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labour and Statistics, In May 2008, reporters and correspondents had average yearly wages of $44,030. The average starting salary for journalism majors in July 2009 was $35,328. (Journalismdegree.com, 2017)

Perez played tennis from a very young age in Venezuela, and was motivated to surpass his elder siblings. “I was good, I was very good but lacked the discipline it took to become a professional tennis player.”

Lacking the passion and will to succeed as a professional player, Perez knew he wanted to remain close to a profession close to the sports environment. He collected trading cards of professional soccer players, as soccer is a popular sport in Venezuela, and through his youth quickly familiarized himself with the players on numerous teams.

Later in his youth, Perez was aware of his extroverted personality and wanted to take advantage of this trait. In high school he took a liking in mass communications. At this point he would collect pictures from magazines and stickers and attempt to create magazines and newspapers of his own, with his own news reporting on the images. It became a hobby he enjoyed.

“Before I graduated I did a test with my university they had a radio station. I auditioned, I made the audition and they gave me my own sports talk show Monday to Friday at 4:00 p.m., and ever since then I started working in journalism, and have loved every minute of it”

The move from Venezuela to Canada was challenging due to differences in culture and language barriers, and the common factor was the language of sports.

In Canada he wanted to do something in Spanish. The Hispanic population is growing and his company is dedicated to North America and thrives from the viewers from this quickly emerging population. “It was hard to drop my Spanish so I thought that sticking to a Spanish channel would have been better for me. ”

For a life experience as a hispanic reporter and journalist in sports was the right career path for Perez. He did not want to deal with the typical office job, where you need exceptional or expert English skills in writing and speaking. He includes ” writing and speaking in English it was hard, I wanted to create something of my own that doesn’t exist here in Canada, it was better for me.”

Now, Nelson Perez owns a media company called Hispanics Sports Media based in Toronto. He is the CEO and works alongside two partners, and has a staff of 8 employees, all of which are writers for his media outlet. HSM covers sporting events all over the world, and shares this news through their website, YouTube channel, as well as every other social media platform out there.

A typical day of work for Perez consists of waking up early in the morning, talking to his editor in chief who is one of the senior writers, and planning out the daily tasks for the rest of the staff members. Together they choose three to four subjects they would like to cover in sports, and each writer is assigned one sport to research and deliver on.

“Outside of running my company, I focus on viral content; I look for videos that can really be shared virally on social media. So that we can constantly pull out ideas that our followers will be interested in for our social media. I write 1 or 2 pieces a day about the sport that I want and I also record 2 podcasts a week, and that’s what I do.” Perez answers when asked about his personal duties for the company.

Perez makes a remark explaining that to be truly successful in this field, you have to be passionate about it. It is a fast paced environment, with tight deadlines and this can pose to be a lot of pressure for most. It is not a job that will make someone rich, but it will provide unique and memorable experiences. ” the entry level pay is 40K in the U.S I believe, even lower in Canada, but of course this depends on your career and how much responsibility is given to you”.

To gain entry altogether requires applying to various websites online, sending letters and emails to the editor in chief or colleagues or going to the media company and requesting to drop off your resume. He advises aspiring journalists to make themselves stand out from the other applicants and encourages them to be brave to share their story through a cover letter. He explains how he got his foot through the door, and merely said ” Hey this is what I want to do, you don’t have to give me the opportunity but this is my position and maybe you could assist me in obtaining my goals , id love to take you for a coffee,  and honestly there are people that will try to help you. ”

This makes you stand out compared to other applicants, personalizes you and forms a connection between you and the inside person from the start. Although journalism is certainly declining in growth, Perez stresses that adapting to changes in society and sticking to the honourable and ethical values of journalism will keep the industry alive.

To learn more about Nelson Perez’s media company,  visit hsmamerica.com

Top Tennis “A” League Showdown

Another week of inter-county tennis in Toronto. This time we were in Markham tennis club where Henry Farm tennis “A” league teams faces the Markham tennis club “A” league team. It is about 26 degrees Celsius, with a chance of thunderstorm around 8:00 p.m. E.T. This match is the second head to head match between Henry Farm and Markham tennis club. The home club has provided food and beverages for players and spectators to enjoy with the evening matches. There are a total of 40 people in the tennis facility including the players from both teams. This makes up for 24 players/coaches, and 16 spectators.

It was a tough matchup for Henry farm, and Markham came prepared to battle. The Markham tennis team came out with WTA player Lauren Chypaya and other sound players, to compete against the elite team makeup of Henry Farm Tennis Club. Henry farm made the adjustments and were able to come out with a victory with wins from Men’s 1 Doubles 6-2,6-1, Mixed 1 Doubles 6-0,6-2, Women’s 1 Doubles lost a tough one 6-2,7-5. Other victories from Henry Farm came from the position 2 Mixed Doubles 7-5, 7-5, and Men’s position 2 doubles 6-4,6-3.

We had the opportunity to speak with the Henry Farm Tennis Club Captain Pablo Muzlera, to get his thoughts on what this match means for the team, and areas they could improve in.

Muzlera states, “ The team fought hard today, we came into the match knowing how strong this team is, they are second ranked in the league, and have always been our toughest competitors. This match would have proved us to be a Major’s League quality team, and was our ticket into the playoff tournament next month. I was really surprised with the turnout of the crowd as well. Areas we could improve in would be to have a better solid foundation in terms of positioning in doubles and communicating as the different doubles pairings are formed. It is an adjustment the players would have to adapt to playing with someone new each week if need be, but it was great tennis all around, I am proud to be the captain of this team and such a talented group of players!”

We also had the opportunity to speak with Nelson Perez on the Henry Farm Tennis Team on his match playing #1 men’s doubles and how he feels to be part of this team.

Perez shares “ It is a lot of fun, I consider this team to be my second family. We have great chemistry, and playing at the number 1 position for men’s doubles, I have the opportunity to compete against and play with world-class players. It’s awesome! “

Next we got a few insights on the opposing team’s leading women’s player Lauren Chypaya on the matchup between the two top teams in the league. Chypaya states “ We lost to Henry Farm once again. They are a strong team and currently number one in the league. I think our players definitely gave it there all out there, we were worried that it would rain because of the thunderstorm warnings, but it was good to get all the matches played outdoor today. We are going to have to take this match, and learn from it to get ready and better ourselves for the upcoming matches we have. We also loved having the support of the community for coming out and watching, it made playing much more fun knowing we had our fans out there cheering us on and enhancing the competitive atmosphere! “

Finally, as a spectator at this league match, I must add, tennis is a great sport. You can come and enjoy matches with friends and family members and still have fun and be entertainment outside of the tennis stadium environment. Thank you Markham Tennis Club for hosting the event and Henry Farm Tennis Club for granting me the opportunity to make this happen.

 

 

Are people aware of the rising risks of diabetes and prevention methods?

 

In today’s society a growing issue is the epidemic of individuals with diabetes. In the past diabetes was not as recognized as it is today. Although Canadians discovered the cure for diabetes, insulin, the research hasn’t stopped there. A variety of organizations have bloomed worldwide, working together for a better future in the diabetic community. Organizations such as, the International Diabetes Federation and the World Diabetes Foundation, work together with community events, hospitals and a variety of events to raise both money and awareness for the research pertaining to diabetes. With their devotion, year-by-year new developments are established.

I was fortunate enough to speak to someone who has exposure to these organizations in the medical field. Nicole Yurkevich is a research assistant at Sunny Brook Hospital in Toronto, Canada working in the cardiac research department. With her research done in such close contact to cardiac research patients she shared her opinion and insights on the localization topic of the prevalent disease of diabetes. She states “ Although diabetes is a growing issue worldwide and a permanent cure has yet to be discovered, many foundations have focused their efforts and funds into new research on the disease. It’s inspirational to see so many people coming together to find a cure for this now much more recognizable disease.”

Strolling the streets of Toronto near Sunny Brook Hospital we met Fernando Pirela and Harsha Shivash as they were heading to coffee at Tim Horton’s together. They were asked if they were aware of the potential risks and prevention methods to type 2 diabetes, and if they had friends or family members living with the disease.

Fernando Pirela is a youth pastor from the greater Toronto area. He shared that “Yes, the potential to get the disease runs in my family from both my mom and dad’s side. Growing up I was taught to watch what I eat in terms of sugar and cholesterol, as well as make sure I am getting the appropriate exercise, and do my yearly checkup with the doctors. It wasn’t until I went to school myself and got older that I realized how terrible this disease really is, and the higher at risk you are of getting a stroke or heart attack when you live with diabetes. The health care systems that are available to us provide us with useful information and keep us aware of our risks to getting diabetes as well as ways to prevent or minimize our risks of getting it.”

Harsha Shivash is a friend of Fernando’s visiting Toronto from India. When asked the same questions he disclosed, “ Fortunately, no one in my family has diabetes. But I do agree that finding a cure and preventative methods to this disease are becoming more common to see and are easily accessible to the public. “

To conclude this segment, many are aware of the higher risks that come as a result of living with diabetes and with the increased involvement of different organizations and programs, people are aware about the potential risks they face if they neglect the severity of the disease. With the increase of awareness of the disease, individuals who are at risk for developing diabetes now have strategies to combat the disease. Strict diets, lifestyle changes and monitoring of blood pressure are a few examples of strategies that have been developed to prevent diabetes for both those individuals at risk and not.