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When She Was In Middle School, They Called Her A 'Slut.' Here's How She Resolved It.

She started the UnSlut Project and found out people wanted to tell their story too.

When She Was In Middle School, They Called Her A 'Slut.' Here's How She Resolved It.

Meet Emily Lindin. When Emily was in middle school, she got the reputation for being "the school slut."

She got the reputation not because she was promiscuous, but because some bullies decided to label her that way ... and it stuck.

She was just your average girl, trying to get through a phase in life many of us had a hard time with, too.


Emily graduated, grew up, and moved on with her life.

But in 2013, she was reminded of what happened to her after hearing about the suicides of some young women who had similar experiences.

She decided to publish her personal diary entries from ages 11 to 14.

She remembered feeling ashamed and not comfortable talking with her parents. She also remembered her own suicidal thoughts, so she wanted to comfort other people who also felt trapped. Emily's blog grew fast!

Girls, women, and men of many ages, backgrounds, and nationalities all wanted to share their stories too.

Even professional wrestler and feminist Mick Foley jumped on board. They all wanted to provide hope to young people who are suffering and demonstrate just how widespread the issues of sexual bullying and slut-shaming really are.

You can read Emily's blog at The UnSlut Project, and if you're interested, you can also contribute to her movie, "Slut: A Documentary Film."

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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.