There’s an abundance of bad things happening right now, and it’s hard not to be sucked into that black hole of sadness, so let’s have a puppy party shall we.
Because, let’s face it, dogs never grow up.
There are some people out there that still believe that animals are just dumb beasts, but the unlikely animal friendships I’ve gathered here will prove that they are capable of feeling love and compassion just like we are.
EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THIS
what the actual FUCK
I wish I could even be shocked
Just gonna keep reblogging this
this is the biggest crock of fucking bullshit i’ve ever fucking seen FUCK
“but why didn’t you go to the hospital?”
Submitted by anonymous:
I am a prosecutor who handles sexual assault cases and have some pretty good first-hand knowledge on this subject. The reason I’m bothering to say something about it is that I wouldn’t want this picture-that hundreds of thousands of people have apparently reblogged-to have a chilling effect on women seeking medical help after a sexual assault. So a few things—
1. If it is not clear from the bill, most of the charges are for tests and meds to identify and treat (early) any possible STDs etc. These tests and meds are vitally important and someone who has been raped should not go without them. Early treatment or prophylaxis may mean the difference between fighting off a disease and carrying it with you for a long time.
2. There are resources available to help victims cover medical costs. In Virginia, where I practice law, there is a Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund which pays these sort of bills. There are people involved in the court process whose sole job it is to help victims through the aftermath of crimes like this, including the financial repercussions. In a case where a victim “presses charges,” there should be no reason (at least where I live) why the victim would have to pay this bill.
3. If you are raped, there are PEOPLE WHO CARE. From wonderful, highly trained sexual assault nurse examiners (SANE), to doctors, to victim advocates, to police and prosecutors, we are all here to help. The aftermath of violent crime is horrible, but no one has to navigate the waters alone. We care about you. We care about what happened to you. We want justice and healing for you and we will work however long and however hard we have to in order to see it done.
You are brave, you are strong and you can and will get through this.
I’m a California State Certified Rape Consoler so here’s a bit more information:
You do not have to pay for a SART exam. The police, by law must pay for the examination even if you do not want to press charges. You will not get in trouble for doing drugs or drinking underage, the police do not care, the nurses don’t care, and your law appointed advocate does not care. We just want to help you through this and if you want get the person who raped you.
The exam will start out with a very detailed questionnaire, but it’s important that you tell the nurse as much as you can so that they can better serve you. Then they will take pictures, take a blacklight to you and swab any substances that standout, they’ll do a pelvic exam, etc and you can stop any any time you don’t feel comfortable. Then they will give you the option of plan b and as stated above drugs that will treat STD’s, (they don’t test for them anymore because it worked against survivors in court).
If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.