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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.

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

If you think that's a lot of money, check out the next one.

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.

Images courtesy of Mark Storhaug & Kaiya Bates

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The experiences we have at school tend to stay with us throughout our lives. It's an impactful time where small acts of kindness, encouragement, and inspiration go a long way.

Schools, classrooms, and teachers that are welcoming and inclusive support students' development and help set them up for a positive and engaging path in life.

Here are three of our favorite everyday actions that are spreading kindness on campus in a big way:

Image courtesy of Mark Storhaug

1. Pickleball to Get Fifth Graders Moving

Mark Storhaug is a 5th grade teacher at Kingsley Elementary in Los Angeles, who wants to use pickleball to get his students "moving on the playground again after 15 months of being Zombies learning at home."

Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that mixes elements of badminton, table tennis, and tennis, where two or four players use solid paddles to hit a perforated plastic ball over a net. It's as simple as that.

Kingsley Elementary is in a low-income neighborhood where outdoor spaces where kids can move around are minimal. Mark's goal is to get two or three pickleball courts set up in the schoolyard and have kids join in on what's quickly becoming a national craze. Mark hopes that pickleball will promote movement and teamwork for all his students. He aims to take advantage of the 20-minute physical education time allotted each day to introduce the game to his students.

Help Mark get his students outside, exercising, learning to cooperate, and having fun by donating to his GoFundMe.

Image courtesy of Kaiya Bates

2. Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids

According to the WHO around 280 million people worldwide suffer from depression. In the US, 1 in 5 adults experience mental illness and 1 in 20 experience severe mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Kaiya Bates, who was recently crowned Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen for 2022, is one of those people, and has endured severe anxiety, depression, and selective mutism for most of her life.

Through her GoFundMe, Kaiya aims to use her "knowledge to inspire and help others through their mental health journey and to spread positive and factual awareness."

She's put together regulation kits (that she's used herself) for teachers to use with students who are experiencing stress and anxiety. Each "CALM-ing" kit includes a two-minute timer, fidget toolboxes, storage crates, breathing spheres, art supplies and more.

Kaiya's GoFundMe goal is to send a kit to every teacher in every school in the Pasco School District in Washington where she lives.

To help Kaiya achieve her goal, visit Staying C.A.L.M: Regulation Kits for Kids.

Image courtesy of Julie Tarman

3. Library for a high school heritage Spanish class

Julie Tarman is a high school Spanish teacher in Sacramento, California, who hopes to raise enough money to create a Spanish language class library.

The school is in a low-income area, and although her students come from Spanish-speaking homes, they need help building their fluency, confidence, and vocabulary through reading Spanish language books that will actually interest them.

Julie believes that creating a library that affirms her students' cultural heritage will allow them to discover the joy of reading, learn new things about the world, and be supported in their academic futures.

To support Julie's GoFundMe, visit Library for a high school heritage Spanish class.

Do YOU have an idea for a fundraiser that could make a difference? Upworthy and GoFundMe are celebrating ideas that make the world a better, kinder place. Visit upworthy.com/kindness to join the largest collaboration for human kindness in history and start your own GoFundMe.

This article originally appeared on 11.21.16


Photographer Katie Joy Crawford had been battling anxiety for 10 years when she decided to face it straight on by turning the camera lens on herself.

In 2015, Upworthy shared Crawford's self-portraits and our readers responded with tons of empathy. One person said, "What a wonderful way to express what words cannot." Another reader added, "I think she hit the nail right on the head. It's like a constant battle with yourself. I often feel my emotions battling each other."

So we wanted to go back and talk to the photographer directly about this soul-baring project.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."