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Only 7 Students Reported Sexual Assault At This College. That's Shocking — And Not In A Good Way.

Hopefully we can take a look at these numbers and agree on one thing: Students who are sexually assaulted should feel that their school has their best interests at heart.

Only 7 Students Reported Sexual Assault At This College. That's Shocking — And Not In A Good Way.

The takeaway:

The number of people reporting sexual assault is way lower than expected. The problem? Students are too scared to report to the school for many reasons. These problems at Columbia have been at the center of media coverage on campus sexual assault since early 2014. The student activism surrounding the issue has been covered by The New York Times and CNN, just to name two.


But Columbia's not the only college with this problem. You can check out data visuals from HEARR on other colleges by searching for them in the interactive above.

Note! I know this data focuses on women as victims reporting assault. While it's common for rape victims to be female, it's important to note that anyone of any gender can be a victim *or* a rapist. While this content isn't gender-neutral, it's still important despite this oversight. OK. Carry on!

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If the past year has taught us nothing else, it's that sending love out into the world through selfless acts of kindness can have a positive ripple effect on people and communities. People all over the United States seemed to have gotten the message — 71% of those surveyed by the World Giving Index helped a stranger in need in 2020. A nonprofit survey found 90% helped others by running errands, calling, texting and sending care packages. Many people needed a boost last year in one way or another and obliging good neighbors heeded the call over and over again — and continue to make a positive impact through their actions in this new year.

Upworthy and P&G Good Everyday wanted to help keep kindness going strong, so they partnered up to create the Lead with Love Fund. The fund awards do-gooders in communities around the country with grants to help them continue on with their unique missions. Hundreds of nominations came pouring in and five winners were selected based on three criteria: the impact of action, uniqueness, and "Upworthy-ness" of their story.

Here's a look at the five winners:

Edith Ornelas, co-creator of Mariposas Collective in Memphis, Tenn.

Edith Ornelas has a deep-rooted connection to the asylum-seeking immigrant families she brings food and supplies to families in Memphis, Tenn. She was born in Jalisco, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States when she was 7 years old with her parents and sister. Edith grew up in Chicago, then moved to Memphis in 2016, where she quickly realized how few community programs existed for immigrants. Two years later, she helped create Mariposas Collective, which initially aimed to help families who had just been released from detention centers and were seeking asylum. The collective started out small but has since grown to approximately 400 volunteers.