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A chilling PSA takes on sexual assault through a unique set of eyes: yours.

When it comes to witnessing sexual harassment and violence, keeping quiet isn't an option.Trigger warning: images from a PSA about sexual assault and harassment.

Now there's a PSA targeted to bystanders, highlighting the important role they can play in rape prevention.

The government of Ontario just produced #WhoWillYouHelp, a video that looks at various scenarios where women are being harassed or assaulted and puts you, the viewer, in the position of being a witness to someone's harassment or assault.


More than 1 in 3 women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. That's over 1 billion survivors worldwide.

Yet, when it comes to discussing rape culture, addressing these problems at their roots, and taking concrete actions toward reducing that figure, the world remains passive. There have been campaigns aimed at helping survivors find the support they need after the attack, and there have been efforts to toughen up how we deal with assailants, but there's one crucial group that's almost always left out of the discussion: the bystanders.

As the PSA plays, you're put in the position of the bystander, seeing the coworker being harassed, the girl at the party being assaulted, the sexts being shared, and the man drugging the woman at the bar.

It offers a choice, but the message is simple.

All images via Government of Ontario/YouTube.

When you do nothing, you're helping him.
But when you do something, you help her.

Sexual harassment and assault take many forms.

It could be workplace harassment or unwanted advances.

It could be assaulting someone too intoxicated to give consent.

It could be sharing someone's private pictures with others.

It could be drugging someone.

Ontario has set aside $41 million over the next three years to stop sexual assault, violence, and harassment.

Starting with this chilling PSA about the cost of staying silent, the government is taking on a systemic, worldwide problem in a radical way. They're planning to overhaul the curriculum for grades 1 through 12 — emphasizing the importance of healthy relationships and consent — to make sure training on this issue for province workers is up to date.

"Ontario has a plan to stop sexual violence and harassment. By focusing on the root causes of sexual violence — unhealthy attitudes and behaviors and gender inequality — we will make our province safer and more responsive to sexual violence and harassment."




Ontario's PSA is a solid start, but it can't end there.

We need to familiarize ourselves with many of the myths of sexual assault, ensure that we're well-versed on issues surrounding consent, and fight rape culture.

Photo by Roméo A. on Unsplash

Cat hilariously rats out owner in front of the landlord.

Maybe it's a right of passage into adulthood or maybe some landlords discriminate against pets because they can't tell people kids are forbidden in their residence. Either way, just about everyone has lived in a rental home that didn't allow pets. Most people just abide by the rules and vow to get a pet when they find a new home.

Some people, on the other hand, get creative. I once came across a post on social media where someone claimed their pit bull puppy was actually a silver Labrador. But one woman on TikTok was harboring a secret cat in her rental that had a no pets policy, and either her cat was unaware or he was aware and was simply being a jerk.

My money is on the latter since cats are known to be jerks for no reason. I mean, have you ever left something on the counter for a few minutes? They make it their mission to knock it on the floor. So I fully believe this fluffy little meow box wanted to make his presence known in an effort to rat out his owner.

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Train tracks leading into Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

Kanye West (who has legally changed his name to Ye) has been making headlines—again—not only for his bizarre public behavior, but for blatantly antisemitic remarks he made in recent interviews.

There's no question that Ye's comments praising Hitler and Nazis and denying that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust are hurtful and dangerous. There's no question that bad actors are using Ye's antisemitic comments to push their white nationalist agenda. The question is whether Ye fans would allow their admiration of his musical talents—or whatever else they like about him—to overshadow the fact that he is now regularly spewing pro-Nazi rhetoric to millions of people.

In at least one corner of the internet, fans are responding in what may be the most effective and meaningful way possible—by countering Ye's commentary with a deluge of Holocaust education and remembrance.

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Delivery driver's reaction to snacks left for him shows how a little kindness goes a long way

'Seeing a grown man get so excited about Capri Sun is extra wholesome.'

"Dee" the delivery guy stoked to get some Doritos.

Sometimes the smallest gesture can change someone’s day for the better, especially when that act of kindness lets them know their work is appreciated. Over the last few years, delivery drivers have done a fantastic job keeping people healthy during the pandemic, so Toni Hillison Barnett told News 11 that she and her husband started a tradition of leaving snacks for their drivers on the front porch.

The Barnetts, who live in Louisville, Kentucky, can see the drivers' reactions by recording them on their doorbell cameras. “I live for reactions like this to our snack cart! Thx to all of the delivery drivers out there! We appreciate you!” Toni wrote on an Instagram post.

Recently, one of the Barnetts’ delivery guys, a joyous fellow that we believe is known as Dee, went viral on TikTok because of his positive reaction to receiving some snacks during his deliveries. The snacks are tasty, no doubt. But it’s also wonderful to feel appreciated. After Toni posted the video, it received more than 100,000 views.

“Oh my God, you guys are the best, I gotta take a snapshot of this,” Dee can be heard saying in the video. “Oh, Capri Suns are my favorite, Yes!”

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'Princess Bride' star Mandy Patinkin shared a moving detail about the film with a grieving woman

Two souls connecting over the loss of their fathers. (Phew, grab a tissue for this one, folks.)

via Mandy Patinkin / TikTok

This story originally appeared on 08.25.21


There was an emotional exchange on TikTok between two people who lost their fathers to cancer. One was actor Mandy Patinkin, the other was TikTok user Amanda Webb.

Patinkin currently stars on "The Good Fight" but one of his most famous roles is Inigo Montoya in the 1987 classic "The Princess Bride." In the film, Montoya is a swordsman who is obsessed with confronting a six-fingered man who killed his father.

Webb recently lost her father Dan to mantle cell lymphoma. She had heard a rumor that Patinkin used his father's death from cancer as motivation in a pivotal scene where he confronts the six-fingered Count Rugen (Christopher Guest) in a duel.

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