Ever wonder how much rape costs? Yep. There's actually a number.

Violence against women isn't just emotionally devastating and immoral — it's also pretty darn expensive. So if you care about money — or women — take a look.

Obviously, violence against women is a very serious problem. But I never really thought about the monetary angle. That's right. Money. Seems like the least important thing to talk about when it comes to abuse and assault, but apparently there's a seriously huge economic cost to all the physical and sexual violence that women experience in the U.S. Get ready to have your mind blown.


Sexualized and domestic violence costs the U.S. $5.8 billion ... yes, BILLION. Don't act like you knew that!

Now, here's how that breaks down. $5.8 billion is the cost associated with three things: health care, productivity, and lifetime earning losses for three violence areas (physical assault, rape, and stalking).

As you could guess, the majority of that $5.8 billion is spent on health care. $4.1 billion worth of hospital treatment, emergency room visits, ambulance charges, X-rays, MRIs, and therapy. Yep. All here. I don't know about you, but I've never heard that stat in the national debate around America's overall health care costs. Seems like there's an obvious way to cut them (hint, hint: Stop attacking women), but I digress.

OK. Back to the numbers. This next one is where I really got sick to my stomach.

Over $300 million of that $5.8 billion is the health care costs, productivity costs, and lifetime earnings lost due to rape. Take a second and think about that. How many rapes must be happening to cost this county over $300 million?!?! (This is also a really good number to pull from your back pocket the next time someone tells you that sexual assault isn't the epidemic women say it is.)

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The most costly type of violence in this $5.8 billion spent? Physical assault. $4.2 billion worth of punches, slaps, chokes, and bruises. And the fun doesn't stop there.

You know those productivity and earnings costs that I keep mentioning? This is what happens when women have to stay home from work and otherwise aren't being 100% productive in the workforce. $1.75 billion worth of work not getting done and money not being earned.

We've saved quite a bit of money as a result of the Violence Against Women Act — $16.4 billion to be exact! Which proves that not only does violence against women cost us, we can actually save by ending it.

Share this image for yet another reason (as if we need one?) that it's important for America to seriously invest in new laws, better enforcement, more support services, and, of course, prevention, prevention, prevention. Because lives aren't just being destroyed by violence against women. The economy is too.

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On an old episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" in July 1992, Oprah put her audience through a social experiment that puts racism in a new light. Despite being nearly two decades old, it's as relevant today as ever.

She split the audience members into two groups based on their eye color. Those with brown eyes were given preferential treatment by getting to cut the line and given refreshments while they waited to be seated. Those with blue eyes were made to put on a green collar and wait in a crowd for two hours.

Staff were instructed to be extra polite to brown-eyed people and to discriminate against blue-eyed people. Her guest for that day's show was diversity expert Jane Elliott, who helped set up the experiment and played along, explaining that brown-eyed people were smarter than blue-eyed people.

Watch the video to see how this experiment plays out.

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Cadbury has removed the words from its Dairy Milk chocolate bars in the U.K. to draw attention to a serious issue, senior loneliness.

On September 4, Cadbury released the limited-edition candy bars in supermarkets and for every one sold, the candy giant will donate 30p (37 cents) to Age UK, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for the elderly.

Cadbury was prompted to help the organization after it was revealed that 225,000 elderly people in the UK often go an entire week without speaking to another person.

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Young people today are facing what seems to be greater exposure to complex issues like mental health, bullying, and youth violence. As a result, teachers are required to be well-versed in far more than school curriculum to ensure students are prepared to face the world inside and outside of the classroom. Acting as more than teachers, but also mentors, counselors, and cheerleaders, they must be equipped with practical and relevant resources to help their students navigate some of the more complicated social issues – though access to such tools isn't always guaranteed.

Take Dr. Jackie Sanderlin, for example, who's worked in the education system for over 25 years, and as a teacher for seven. Entering the profession, she didn't anticipate how much influence a student's home life could affect her classroom, including "students who lived in foster homes" and "lacked parental support."

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Valerie Anglemyer, a middle school teacher with more than 13 years of experience, says it can be difficult to create engaging course work that's applicable to the challenges students face. "I think that sometimes, teachers don't know where to begin. Teachers are always looking for ways to make learning in their classrooms more relevant."

So what resources do teachers turn to in an increasingly fractured world? "Joining a professional learning network that supports and challenges thinking is one of the most impactful things that a teacher can do to support their own learning," Anglemyer says.

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A new program for teachers that offers this network along with other resources is the WE Teachers Program, an initiative developed by Walgreens in partnership with ME to WE and Mental Health America. WE Teachers provides tools and resources, at no cost to teachers, looking for guidance around the social issues related to poverty, youth violence, mental health, bullying, and diversity and inclusion. Through online modules and trainings as well as a digital community, these resources help them address the critical issues their students face.

Jessica Mauritzen, a high school Spanish teacher, credits a network of support for providing her with new opportunities to enrich the learning experience for her students. "This past year was a year of awakening for me and through support… I realized that I was able to teach in a way that built up our community, our school, and our students, and supported them to become young leaders," she says.

With the new WE Teachers program, teachers can learn to identify the tough issues affecting their students, secure the tools needed to address them in a supportive manner, and help students become more socially-conscious, compassionate, and engaged citizens.

It's a potentially life-saving experience for students, and in turn, "a great gift for teachers," says Dr. Sanderlin.

"I wish I had the WE Teachers program when I was a teacher because it provides the online training and resources teachers need to begin to grapple with these critical social issues that plague our students every day," she adds.

In addition to the WE Teachers curriculum, the program features a WE Teachers Award to honor educators who go above and beyond in their classrooms. At least 500 teachers will be recognized and each will receive a $500 Walgreens gift card, which is the average amount teachers spend out-of-pocket on supplies annually. Teachers can be nominated or apply themselves. To learn more about the awards and how to nominate an amazing teacher, or sign up for access to the teacher resources available through WE Teachers, visit walgreens.com/metowe.

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One of the major differences between women and men is that women are often judged based on their looks rather than their character or abilities.

"Men as well as women tend to establish the worth of individual women primarily by the way their body looks, research shows. We do not do this when we evaluate men," Naomi Ellemers Ph.D. wrote in Psychology Today.

Dr. Ellers believes that this tendency to judge a woman solely on her looks causes them to be seen as an object rather than a person.

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