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Sexual assault is a sexual act in which a person is coerced or physically forced to engage against their will, or non-consensual sexual touching of a person. Sexual assault is a form of sexual violence, and it includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration or drug facilitated sexual assault), groping, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the person in a sexual manner.

The U.S. Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey states that on average there are 237,868 victims (age 12 or older) of sexual assault and rape each year. Girls ages 16–19 are 4 times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault. 88.7% of rape victims are women, the other 11.3% being men.

People who are sexually assault are:

3 times more likely to suffer from depression6 times more likely to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder13 times more likely to abuse alcohol26 times more likely to abuse drugs4 times more likely to cont…

Mental Health Awareness

Two days ago, it was World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day is observed on 10 October every year, with the overall objective of raising awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilizing efforts in support of mental health. Mental health is just as important as physical health. There are many people in the world affected by mental health issues.

Globally, more than 300 million people suffer from depression, and 260 million suffer from anxiety disorders—many of whom live with both conditions. Personally, I am affected by both conditions. They are debilitating at times. Some people are more functional than others. Some people can put on a fake smile and pretend their problems are non-existent.

Here’s a deeper look at how mental health issues affect Americans:

1 in 5 (or 43.8 million) adults experience mental illness in a given year.1 in 25 (or 10 million) adults experience a serious mental illness.1 in 100 (or 2.4 million) live with schizophrenia.2.6% (or 6.1 mil…

Life Snippet: Police Wife

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This was the news article that I saw on Facebook the other day. To anyone else, it would just be an informative article about a shooting in Marmet, West Virginia. To me, it's an instant heart attack because there's a shooting in Marmet. Why is this? This is because I'm married to a police officer, specifically one who works in Marmet. 
My immediate reaction is "holy shit". I know I can't call because he's on scene and it could compromise his safety. The next reaction is "okay, let's breathe and read the article for more information". I read the article. There's no officers involved. Insert sigh of relief. 
This is my reality. This is my family's reality. This is my husband's every day. 
My husband was a mechanic when we first met. For the first year we were together, it was the career he felt like he was stuck with, even though he was entirely burnt out on it (and the drama attached to where he worked). Almost a year into our re…

August & September 2017 TV Renewals & Cancellations

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Here we are again to say goodbye to some television shows. Or perhaps we are here to welcome back other television shows. Actually, it's both. August falls in that weird time in Summer where there is not a lot of television shows. So, fingers crossed that a bunch of shows were not cancelled. Are you ready? Here we go.

Cancellations:

The Middle (ABC) will end with its 9th seasonGypsy (Netflix)Dark Matter (Syfy)Will (TNT)Blood Drive (Syfy)Z: The Beginning of Everything (Amazon)Class (BBC)The Last Tycoon (Amazon)Stitchers (Freeform)The Mist (Spike)

Renewals:

Anne with an E (Netflix) - Season 2Will & Grace (NBC) - Season 10Famous in Love (Freeform) - Season 2$100,000 Pyramid (ABC)Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)Match Game (ABC)Insecure (HBO)Ballers (HBO)Snowfall (FX) - Season 2Love Connection (FOX) - Season 2Queen of the South (USA) - Season 3GLOW (Netflix) - Season 2Ozark (Netflix) - Season 2Friends from College (Netflix) - Season 2Transparent (Amazon) - Season 5Last Chance U (Netflix) -…

Life Update 10/9/17

Hello readers or passersby.

If you're new to my blog, my name is Dori McDonough. I go by Dori Roberts on the internet a lot because I am married but haven't changed my last name legally. I'm a mother. I'm a wife. I'm a graduate student. I'm a lot of things. I can label myself as several titles, but I'm more than that. One of my passions is writing. One day, I hope to write a few books. One day, I also hope to be a more effective activist for domestic violence victims. One day, I hope to do a lot of things.

I've blogged on several platforms: Tumblr, Wordpress, and others. I found my home here at Blogger. I'm not consistent. I know that's true. But I want to be more consistent. I really do. I think it would be healthy for me. So, please stay with me. Subscribe if you wish. This platform is for me. For you. For us all. Hopefully, there will be some sort of normalcy and consistency soon.

Until then.
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The Orville (2017) Premiere Review

Seth MacFarlane and I share a few similarities. We were both born on October 26th. We both are fairly liberal. We both love Star Trek. His new creation is The Orville, which premiered this past Sunday (September 10th) on FOX.

I was skeptical of this show for a few reasons. It isn't an animated series, which seems to be Seth MacFarlane's specialty. I didn't want it to disgrace scientific fiction or Star Trek. I love Star Trek more than most people I know. I'm not a super fan, but I'm a definite fan. It was a large part of my childhood. The Orville is a comedy. Will it contain the usual slapstick comedy or would I be cracking up the entire episode? 
Notes: - I have a feeling that the Doctor will be a sassy woman who creates some soft humor.  - This robot reminds me of Data. Voice and all. The mirroring between Star Trek/TNG and The Orville is uncanny.  - I wonder if Gene Roddenberry would have been proud of this spoof of his work. Or liked it at least.  - The Captain…

Life Snippets: Southwesterncaroginia

This life snippet is about my childhood. The title is a bit off-putting. This is a story about fate. Yes, fate. This mythical sense that things happen for a reason or because it was meant to. From ages 6 until 14, I lived in South Carolina, specifically Myrtle Beach and the surrounding towns. When I was around 11, we moved to a subdivision in Socastee. I adored this house and, even though bad memories happened here, I wish I still lived in it. Back then, hanging outside was still the bee's knees.  I had a few friends neighborhood. This story is about Gloria.

Gloria lived down the street, take a right, and her house was on the left before you got close to the Waterway. She was a year or two older than me, but we got along really well. She was the first girl I met that had short hair. I thought that was cool about her. Just like I thought it was cool how she wore makeup, specifically eyeliner. We hung out often, even though her parents were actually a bit mean. I often would ride my…