A campaign is revealing the victims of sexual harassment at fast food restaurants.

On Oct. 5, Fight for 15 released a video and launched a campaign about sexual harassment in the fast food industry.

The video contains many (often graphic) stories of fast food workers — men and women — who have dealt with on-the-job sexual harassment. From unwanted flirtations to physical assaults, the stories are honest and revealing.

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Since 2012, the group has taken on some of the biggest corporations in America, demanding things like fair wages and unionization rights.

Since the grassroots worker's rights movement's inception, it's been up against a lot. Fight for 15 regularly coordinates protests against massive companies to demand better treatment. This is not a small task, and many have even called it ill-advised.

The group's strength has always been in numbers, though, and as the movement gained support in multiple major cities, it has become largely successful in its efforts.

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Sexual harassment is a problem in the fast food industry that's remained hidden for far too long. Fight for 15 is changing that.

According to a national survey, 2 in 5 women in the fast food industry face sexual harassment. The American restaurant industry was also found to be the single largest source of sexual harassment claims.

The survey also found that dealing with sexual harassment in the workplace can have some pretty serious health consequences. 21% of victims reported anxiety about going to work, and many experienced depression and sleep disruption.

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As part of the campaign, Fight for 15 has launched a petition aimed directly at McDonalds.

"McDonald’s has the power to crack down on sexual harassment at their stores," the petition page states. "They can increase punishment for offenders and make reporting easier for targeted employees."

The reason sexual harassment in the workplace goes largely unreported is because of the power dynamic involved. The victims who speak out can find themselves facing negative consequences from their employers, so many choose to ignore the harassment, try to resolve it on their own, or feel that they have no choice but to put up with it.

GIF via Fight for 15.

The petition and the video give a voice to those who have experienced sexual harassment in the fast food industry.

Fight for 15's greatest strength has been in uniting workers all over the country to fight injustice. This is another injustice and another fight.

Even if you're not a fast food worker or a victim of harassment yourself, hearing the stories is powerful enough to make you want to fight for change.

Watch Fight for 15's full video here:

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If someone were to say "video games" to you, what are the first words that come to mind? Whatever words you thought of (fun, exciting, etc.), we're willing to guess "healthy" or "mental health tool" didn't pop into your mind.

And yet… it turns out they are. Especially for Veterans.

How? Well, for one thing, video games — and virtual reality more generally — are also more accessible and less stigmatized to veterans than mental health treatment. In fact, some psychiatrists are using virtual reality systems for this reason to treat PTSD.

Secondly, video games allow people to socialize in new ways with people who share common interests and goals. And for Veterans, many of whom leave the military feeling isolated or lonely after they lose the daily camaraderie of their regiment, that socialization is critical to their mental health. It gives them a virtual group of friends to talk with, connect to, and relate to through shared goals and interests.

In addition, according to a 2018 study, since many video games simulate real-life situations they encountered during their service, it makes socialization easier since they can relate to and find common ground with other gamers while playing.

This can help ease symptoms of depression, anxiety, and even PTSD in Veterans, which affects 20% of the Veterans who have served since 9/11.

Watch here as Verizon dives into the stories of three Veteran gamers to learn how video games helped them build community, deal with trauma and have some fun.

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Video games have been especially beneficial to Veterans since the beginning of the pandemic when all of us — Veterans included — have been even more isolated than ever before.

And that's why Verizon launched a challenge last year, which saw $30,000 donated to four military charities.

And this year, they're going even bigger by launching a new World of Warships charity tournament in partnership with Wargaming and Wounded Warrior Project called "Verizon Warrior Series." During the tournament, gamers will be able to interact with the game's iconic ships in new and exciting ways, all while giving back.

Together with these nonprofits, the tournament will welcome teams all across the nation in order to raise money for military charities helping Veterans in need. There will be a $100,000 prize pool donated to these charities, as well as donation drives for injured Veterans at every match during the tournament to raise extra funds.

Verizon is also providing special discounts to Those Who Serve communities, including military and first responders, and they're offering a $75 in-game content military promo for World of Warships.

Tournament finals are scheduled for August 8, so be sure to tune in to the tournament and donate if you can in order to give back to Veterans in need.

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When the COVID-19 pandemic socially distanced the world and pushed off the 2020 Olympics, we knew the games weren't going to be the same. The fact that they're even happening this year is a miracle, but without spectators and the usual hustle and bustle surrounding the events, it definitely feels different.

But it's not just the games themselves that have changed. The coverage of the Olympics has changed as well, including the unexpected addition of un-expert, uncensored commentary from comedian Kevin Hart and rapper Snoop Dogg on NBC's Peacock.

In the topsy-turvy world we're currently living in, it's both a refreshing and hilarious addition to the Olympic lineup.

Just watch this clip of them narrating an equestrian event. (Language warning if you've got kiddos nearby. The first video is bleeped, but the others aren't.)

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