victims of violent crime

Beginner Workout Tips

I know a lot of guys wanna improve their strength, and summer is definitely a good time for that. Many of us have more free time now that it’s summer. Perfect time to try out the gym. If you’re thinking of working on getting go the gym more this summer, I have a few tips that could really help:

Starting off is tough. Get through 2 weeks, though, and you’ll probably be able to make going to the gym a consistent habit! The first week is definitely the hardest. If you can, find a friend to work out with. Put the offer out there, and you’d be surprised who might say yes. It’s definitely more motivating to go when you have a friend going with you. It’ll keep you both accountable, on track, and motivated. Trust me, it worked for me back when I first decided to get serious about exercising.

Start taking a multi-vitamin. Sure, you should be able to get enough nutrition from food alone, but some diets have holes in them and multi-vitamins can fill those in. If you don’t have proper nutrition, you won’t see results, and you might actually strain your body. I know not all of us make the best food decisions every day. This will help your body stay on track.

Increase your protein intake on days you work out. When you lift weights, this is especially important. Meats are all high in protein. Try and make choices that tend to be lower in fats. Eggs are your best friends! Fish is great, and omega oils are Good for you, yo. Beans, peanut butter, nuts, milk, and yogurt all have protein, too (and the dairy items have calcium! an extra plus!), so don’t stress if you can’t have meat! And while we’re on the subject of protein, this is extremely important to point out: Protein shakes are NEVER a meal-replacement. Skipping meals or eating less than 2000 calories (if you’re counting) will hurt you. Seriously. Don’t do that. Protein shakes are meant to be consumed after workouts, unless they are specifically pre-workout shakes. Whey protein will be tough on those of you who are lactose-intolerant, because it’s made from milk, so even though it’s typically cheaper than other plant-based protein powders, the extra money will help you not feel terrible. The easiest on the stomach, I have found, are rice-based protein powders. If the store has little individual packets, buy different flavors and different ones to see which one(s) you like best. I personally am partial to the generic CVS chocolate flavored whey powder.

If you are just starting out on lifting, do NOT go heavy. Your muscles will build p strength faster than your tendons, so you could hurt yourself if you try to go too heavy too fast. If something hurts, do NOT do the exercise. Know your limits, and never push yourself to a crazy degree. I know you wanna impress your friends you’re at the gym with, or even the cute person you’ve been eyeing across the gym, but if you hurt yourself, you will look like a huge fool. It will ruin you. Don’t. Instead, do lighter weights with higher reps. I usually go for 3 sets of 10 reps, but you can go for anywhere from 8-12 reps. Only after you have built up a certain degree of strength would I even attempt to go heavier and even target certain body parts and muscle groups more intensely than others.

Have at least 2 rest days! Rest days are important. Your body needs to recover, or else it will never grow. You’ll also just exhaust yourself, and that’s not good. Use your rest days to just chill out. Stay hydrated and stretch so the soreness from your gym days won’t make you stiff and will dissipate faster!

Split your lift days by muscle-groups. This will keep your workouts structured and keep your body’s development proportional. I divide my days up like this: pull day (biceps and back), push day (triceps and chest with some shoulders), leg day (and yeah, don’t skip it), and shoulder day (since I just really want mine to develop well lol). I do abs every time, after I lift, but you can also do them before. Don’t skimp out with abs. Sure, it hurts, but the results are great. Core strength will really help with overall strength! I do at least 5 weight-lifting exercises for each designated day. Stretch before, and then get going! If you are unsure about your form for an exercise, most gyms have personal trainers who are willing to help you. Don’t be afraid to ask them a question! Youtube is also a great resource for videos on form. I like AthleanX’s videos, as well as Gabriel Sey’s, and Buff Dudes. Proper form is extremely important, otherwise you could strain your body or even seriously injure yourself. It’s especially important for heavier exercises.

Cardio days are good for you! Have at least 1 cardio day in your week! Walking, biking, jogging, dancing, and the elliptical are great for cardio. Swimming is also good cardio, but as a poor swimmer myself, I don’t really get much of a workout from it. If you have friends who like to play sports, soccer, basketball, etc are great for getting in some cardio and also making it fun (because jogging is honestly boring unless you jog outside or have a killer playlist). Speaking of jogging, I know this may sound silly to some of you, but try not to jog at night, especially if you’re a younger guy. Safety is important, and believe it or not, younger men in their 20s are the most common victims of violent crime. Know where you are, jog with a friend or two, be aware of your surroundings (if your music is so loud you can’t hear the cars passing by, turn it down a notch), and have your phone available in case you need to make a call. If things look iffy, call it a night and go home. If you’re in a hospital (or freaking dead), you won’t be working out much anymore.

This may sound silly, but celebrate your results! Get excited over your gains. Take selfies, flex in the mirror, admire those veins that pop that weren’t there before. Also, little tip: the secret to getting arms that look bigger is working your triceps. They’re more of your arms than your biceps, so even though nice biceps look hot, good triceps will make you look stronger. It’ll make you look impressive! And being excited about your results from all your hard work will help keep you motivated!

Those are a lot of tips, so that’s enough for now. If you have questions that are more specific, my ask box is open and you can even message me if you’d prefer. Don’t be afraid if you don’t know anything about working out – that was once me, too. I ain’t gonna judge you, yo. Like I said, I don’t have any professional knowledge, but I figured some of what I know may be helpful. I won’t be able to answer every question you send my way, but if I can find a video or article that can, I will definitely send that your way instead. Have fun, and try and stay motivated! Best of luck on them gains, yo.

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Trump reportedly pulls Iraq from new travel ban, delays its signing

  • Late Tuesday, the Trump administration abruptly pulled Iraq from a list of seven majority-Muslim nations whose citizens were to be subject to a temporary travel ban to the U.S., the Associated Press reported.
  • Trump, despite strong opposition, defiantly vowed to forge on with a new order blocking travelers — including refugees — from the seven nations.
  • However, CNN’s Jeremy Diamond quoted a senior administration official saying the signing of the ban would be delayed until “later this week,” so it could have its own “moment.” Read more (3/1/17 6:57 AM) 

Trump’s VOICE is trying to paint immigrants as criminals. Heres why that’s wrong.

  • During his first speech to Congress Tuesday evening, Trump announced the creation of a Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE)— an office dedicated to serving victims of violent crimes at the hands of undocumented immigrants.
  • Audible boos and loud groans followed his announcement.
  • While victims of violent crimes deserve support, Trump’s use of these limited examples to paint violent crime committed by undocumented immigrants as statistically significant risks stoking xenophobia. 
  • The epidemic he was trying to highlight, and the idea that immigrants steal Americans’ dreams, just isn’t the reality. 
  • Immigrants in the U.S., including undocumented immigrants, commit fewer violent crimes than the general population. 
  • Studies show that not only do immigrants commit fewer crimes than those born in the United States, but also they go to jail less, at a rate of about one-fifth of native-born Americans. Read more (3/1/17 7:16 AM)

Crime scene photo showing defense wounds to the hand.

The presence of numerous fresh cuts, bruises, and scratches on a deceased body highly suggests they died trying to to fight off an attacker or defend themselves against a weapon.

People who are attacked by surprise or who are approached with a weapon will almost always hold their arms in front of themselves to shield their bodies from injury. As a result, most victims of violent crimes sustain irregular injuries to their forearms and hands. Occasionally the attack is so frenzied, and the victim fights back so hard, that the offender may cut or maim themselves in the process, which is why its incredibly important to always collect evidence from a victims hands and under their fingernails when investigating a homicide.

Dear friends concerned for my safety:

I very deeply appreciate your concern, and I love you all.

That being said, I know what I’m doing and I am prepared for the consequences. In the past few weeks multiple people that I have personal connections with have been the targets and victims of violent hate crimes. A man in my apartment complex died after being stabbed. A close friend was attacked in the street for being trans in public. Another nearly lost his life, again by knife attack, for doing the right thing as you all know.

I feel a deep sense of personal responsibility for the safety of my friends and community, and in all of these instances I have deeply regretted that I was not present. I believe I could have altered some outcomes for the better.

I want you all to remember exactly who and what I am.

I know a lot of you look to me as an inspirational figure or a role model, but I want to remind you that there are far better people for you to look up to. Remember that I have blood on my hands. I strongly believe that one of the best ways I can contribute​ to my community is to draw fire from those that intend to harm us, because I am far better prepared for that kind of violence than many others are. I will also remind you that I have a concealed carry permit and years of combat experience. I’ve trained at the highest levels and at the best facilities in every art and artifice of war and I am always armed.

Every day I strive to be a better person and to be worthy of the love and support you all show me, but again I urge you to remember that I am far more tiger than housecat and my capacity for survival and overwhelming violence are deeply ingrained in who I am. This is where I shine. If Nazis, crypto-fascists, bigots, and militants are going to attack anyone, who better than me?

Again, I love you all and I thank you for your concern and your warnings, but as long as innocent folks full of love and light are being bloodied, beaten, and murdered I absolutely cannot sit idle and let it happen.

I’m so confused by seeing all these people hating on Hannigram in one breath for being an abusive relationship, then going on about how they want Clarice to show up in season 4, and how they want to see her and Hannibal together like in the book Hannibal, and I’m just.

Guys, it’s fine if Hannigram isn’t your ship. It’s fine if you’re angry that Hannibal/Clarice was your ship for a long time (like it was mine for over a fucking decade) and isn’t likely to be a thing on the tv series. I was a bit upset myself at first, until I realised that the show is entirely separate from the books, and I can love both ships…

But, if you’re going to go after Hannigram shippers about how abusive it is, and you are a Clarice/Hannibal shipper, you have NO LEG TO STAND ON! Let me first state that I have been and still am a shipper, but their relationship was hella problematic. She’s canonically 30-some years younger than him and their relationship is unbalanced from the start. She needs something from him and has to become vulnerable to Hannibal, share with him her painful childhood secrets before he’ll cooperate with her. All the while he is manipulating her for his own purposes. Yes, he grows fond of her (just as he does with Will in the show), but he’s still using her, all the same.

Okay, so moving on to the book Hannibal. Yo, bro, have you even READ it??? Dude, he kidnaps her, and *tries to brainwash her into believing that she is Mischa* okay? He uses psychotropic drugs on her (like Will) and behaviour therapy, and tries to make her think she is his sister come back to life. He fucking digs up her father’s bones, cleans them, and lays them out on a bed and leaves her alone with them. OKAY? IDK if y’all only watched the movie? Or didn’t understand what was happening in the book, but LET’S BE CLEAR. Then, when it doesn’t work, when Clarice tells him he’s going to have to keep Mischa within himself as she’s kept her father within herself, she asks him if he was breastfed, and if he resented having to give up his mother’s breast to Mischa when she was born. He replies that he would have gladly done so, though he doesn’t recall, and then Clarice removes her breast from her dress, places wine on her nipple, and brings his mouth to it–she’s symbolically breast feeding him, guys, and tells him he won’t have to give up this breast–like what EVEN?

The fundamental difference in character between Clarice and Will, is that Clarice is an upstanding officer of the law with a strong moral compass who is determined to see justice served. Will, on the other hand, has always had a darkness within him that he’s tried to contain. His work is not done out of moral obligation, but because of the empathy he feels towards the victims of violent crime, and more importantly, his efforts to distance himself from the empathy he feels towards their killers. So for Will to fall in love with and join Hannibal, he is merely giving in to a part of himself he’s tried to ignore his entire life. He is being true to his nature. For Clarice to be with Hannibal, he must brain wash her and remove something that is essential to her character for her to be able to be with him. While he does not succeed at turning her into Mischa, she is no longer Clarice Starling at the end of the book, either.

Again, I’m a Clarice/Hannibal shipper in the books, and I was disappointed the movie decided to change that bit dramatically, and I was wary about Will being the main character of the series, but of course it won me over. Will’s relationship with Hannibal is more balanced and equal. Though it begins with the same manipulation we see with Clarice, Will is able to resist Hannibal’s efforts and return on equal-footing. They’re both super problematic, troubling, abusive relationships, though, let’s be real. Don’t come at me on your high horse about Hannigram and then tell me how great Clarice/Hannibal is, bro.

So I’m rewatching Hannibal s2 again and thinking about Peter Bernadone, his social worker, The Horse, and mirroring.

I think it’s pretty widely accepted that Peter is a Will mirror? and the social worker is a weak Hannibal mirror. This particular pair of mirrors is used specifically to point out a few things about, you guessed it, Will and Hannibal’s relationship:
1) Will is still deeply hurt and pissed™ at Hannibal for lying to him and framing him, and he states why when he asks Peter about having a “shadow” - someone you trusted, who took advantage?, a friend you thought was on your side and who understood you where others haven’t. It /matters/ that will’s beef with Hannibal is personal and not, ya know, based on like morality or more universal concepts of good and evil.

2) Will assumes Peter killed his social worker because it’s what he would do to Hannibal if given the opportunity… right? Well umm not exactly. Will could have shot Hannibal in his kitchen, but he walked away. Peter could have killed his social worker, but he didn’t. And he tells Will why. Peter never wanted to kill the social worker/serial killer, he just wanted him to suffer as he had made others suffer. Specifically? Peter wanted him to suffocate. So he sewed him into a horse. Which is why Peter being a Will mirror is so awesome, because…

The very next episode starts with Will’s wet dream about strangling (suffocating) Hannibal with a rope cinched by the harnessed ravenstag, which is honestly looking quite horse-like in Will’s dream sequence. Inspired by Peter, huh Will? And that’s the scene in which Will tells himself via Dream-Hannibal that if he wants to really understand Hannibal he’s gonna have to,, oops,,, let himself love him. Pretty big turning point and obviously massive foreshadowing with huge payoff in twotl. Will’s not quite there yet, but he’s thinking about it in his erotic bondage dreams. *insert shrug emoji*

But back to Peter and his desire to make the social worker suffer in the way his victims did. This mirrors Will’s plans for Hannibal in an even more metaphorical way. Will really did kind of drown, suffocate in s1 (all that water) - and it was arguably all Hannibal’s fault. And remember that Will’s anger with Hannibal is really just personal. It comes from betrayal, and really isn’t about the serial killing cannibal bit. Hannibal hurt Will as only a friend can hurt another. Will wants to give that back to him. “Resume my therapy” my ass - Will’s trying to figure out if Hannibal has /a heart that he can break/ (“why not appeal to my better nature?”) then he’ll feel what Will felt.

Sadly :’( Will gets to break Hannibal’s heart in mizumono, but right on the cusp of not wanting to anymore. That’s where the Peter/Will mirror stops holding up, which really only serves to further point out that a) Will’s not actually a “good moral person” in the widely accepted sense, and b) he was at odds with Hannibal for personal reasons, unlike Peter who only turned on his social worker violently on behalf of the victims of his crimes.

This is why this show is so compelling though?? Years later and I’m still having Deep Thoughts™ about the horse episode. I love looking back and seeing all the ways in which this story was always human, always a complicated “will they/won’t they” romance.

@totallyaccurateaot replied to your post: “Seungbae is not in the right here”:

But like… He’s trying to catch a serial killer? He’s trying to catch a bad person?? If he doesn’t another innocent person might die????

Yeah he’s on the trail of a serial killer. We, the readers, know this. But lets consider the canon facts. 

Yang Seungbae has had three interactions with Oh Sangwoo. First, he was introduced to him by Officer Park. He gets a bad vibe from Sangwoo here and we see a few scenes later that Seungbae has looked over the case of Sangwoo’s parent’s murder and believe that he might have killed them. Because he thinks the break in looks staged. 

Second, he comes across Sangwoo after the car accident. He seems fine here until Seungbae realizes who he is. 

Third, when he sees Bum’s foot and gets into Sangwoo’s house. He finds nothing. 

So before this victim was found, the only proof he had of anything follows:

He thinks he saw a foot through the bottom of the door. He has camera footage of Sangwoo beating Bum up and carrying him back inside (Tbh im shocked he keeps going back to seeing bum through the door and not this footage). Sangwoo went to school with Jieun.

Sangwoo has no extended connection with any of the victims we know of besides Jieun(I’m not talking about Bum here, I’m talking about the victims of muder). And there is no body found for any besides the daughter of the CEO. 

So we have a body, and a missing person’s case. The man he killed hasn’t seemed to have surfaced, nor has anyone seemed to report him missing. Seungbae thinks hes a victim but theres nothing official.

 He has made a shocking jump with his accusations against Sangwoo with such a small amount of proof. He’s got a strange feeling but no proof. The CEO’s daughter had her legs ruined. He thinks he saw a foot through the door, to him this means that this person had their legs ruined too, so this is a killers MO. Except that this is two people, not enough victims to form a pattern, AND HE NEVER FOUND BUM. The CEO’s daughter has zero connection to Jieun but Seungbae has unrealistically linked them. He’s only casting accusations at Sangwoo because of her legs, which he shouldn’t be able to call a pattern. 

On top of how unprofessional it is to attack a civilian, especially one you think is a victim of a violent crime, realistically? Seungbae has nothing. He can prove Sangwoo committed assault against Yoon Bum and nothing more. He can’t link the victims, he can’t link the CEO’s daughter to Sangwoo. 

We, as readers, know that he is right. But to accuse Sangwoo and call him a serial killer (with only one body found) within the canon is paranoia. So yeah, I think Seungbae has gone way too far. 

I was going to make a post like this anyway, it’s not all directed at you, sorry if I sound harsh

michelle erstikaitis is a self proclaimed “fan” of killer paul bernardo, and claims to have a deep admiration for him. in 1999, she was sentenced to two years’ probation after threatening to kill debbie mahaffy, the mother of one of bernardo’s victims. michelle went on to commit a number of violent crimes and consented to being labeled a dangerous offender, just as bernardo had. she maintains however that both she and he are innocent people.

Seungbae is not in the right here

Apparently some people think Seungbae is justified in assulting Yoon Bum because he’s trying to catch a serial killer. Despite the fact that he has z e r o evidence that Sangwoo is a serial killer, and pretty much zero evidence that Sangwoo has  ever murdered anyone, Seungbae literally physically assaults Bum in this chapter. Do you think that the only way he can get proof ever about Sangwoo being a serial killer is to assault someone he believes to be a victim. He hasn’t seen the CEO’s daughters corpse, but ruined legs would suggest a very violent person did that. Which would means he should assume that Bum is beaten by Sangwoo. He trips him, throws him around, grabs his bad arm(he might not know this but still) and holds him within the stall.

AND he has seen Bum get beaten. In the cam of Sangwoo’s car. 

This is not how you treat a victim of violent crime. This is illegal, it is assault. And because he has no proof, it’s harassment due to paranoia. I don’t care if he’s right. Seungbae isn’t doing the right thing here. I would also put money on the fact that he is not on duty. And when off duty, police (until they state they are police) only have the power of a civilian. 

I hope Bum tells Sangwoo. I hope Sangwoo tells Park and tells him about the fact that he was also trying to get into his house. Get Seungbae fired, he’s already been demoted for going to far, he shouldn’t be allowed to keep doing this.

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It is important, now and always, to remember that violence is not the answer. From Rep. Giffords to Rep. Scalise, no politician should be attacked and no innocent bystander threatened because of a political cause or idealogy. My thoughts and support goes out to the victims of this and all violent crimes across the country.

The Old and The New

A/N: A request courtesy of @gublersmind for a fic based about 15 years after season 12. (I scrunched together a couple seasons so that the main characters could be the age that I wanted, so the time may seem a little off). Spencer, Emily, Penelope, JJ and Luke still work at the BAU and are looking for new recruits. Jack Hotchner and the reader are two of the people in the running (out of 20) for the 2 positions available. Both are in their early-20s and form a friendship through the process, which eventually develops into a little bit more. In this AU, Hotch retired to spend more time with Jack, they were never in witness protection. :) @coveofmemories

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If someone had told Emily that she’d been the Unit Chief of the Behavioral Analysis Unit for more than 15 years now, she would’ve thought they were insane. But it was true. Nearly 15 years after Hotch retired to spend more time with his son, Emily Prentiss was still heading the BAU alongside her friends, Dr. Spencer Reid, Penelope Garcia, Jennifer Jareau and Luke Alvez. While the five of them made a great team, they were all getting older and definitely needed to bring some new blood to the team. So weeks ago, Emily had opened up applications for two new positions. Although she was the head of the unit, she didn’t want to make this kind of a decision without the help of the rest of the team - it affected them too.

“I have it narrowed down to 20 names. I think I’m going to have them come in in groups of five and we’ll all take one under our wing during the course of a case. Then maybe we’ll narrow it down to ten, and then pick two?” she asked confused. “I don’t know. This is hard!”

JJ walked to Emily’s side of the desk and gave her a hug. “We’ll help. Don’t worry. Are there any that stand out more than the others?” 

“Two,” she said picking up the files. “Y/F/N Y/L/N. Graduated top of her class at both MIT and Harvard with Ph.D.s in psychology and English literature. She’s only 22 years old. Started college when she was 14 and completed her Ph.D.’s simultaneously. She’s also a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo. And the other is…” She pulled out the file and proudly said the name of someone they all knew. “Our very own Jack Hotchner.”

“Jack applied?!” Spencer asked in surprise. “I was almost positive that Hotch would’ve done whatever he could to talk Jack out of applying after what happened with Hayley.”

Hotch had tried. Oh man, had he tried. But Jack grew up watching his father be a hero and he wanted to follow in his footsteps. He’d also started college early, at 16, which the team was aware of. They knew he was on the path to pursuing law enforcement in some way, but they never expected him to apply for a position with the Bureau. Now 24, Jack had graduated valedictorian from Yale with a dual JD/Ph.D. His father had also been a lawyer at one point, so it felt right for him to pursue a dual degree. “The only thing I want to make sure of is that we aren’t persuaded because of the fact that we know him so well, so Luke,” Emily said, pointing at the newest of the five on the team (although he’d been on the team for 15 years now, he was the newest, as Garcia continually reminded him…”newbie”). “Luke, you only worked a couple cases with Hotch before he retired, so you don’t know him or Jack like we do. Make sure that we aren’t being persuaded because of who he is. Keep us in check.”

“No problem,” he replied. “But with a dual degree like that I don’t doubt he’d be an asset to the team.” Even if he didn’t know Jack, knowing he was a Hotchner was definitely something.

Given the large number of candidates they had, each of the five current members took four candidates to call, let them know that they would be called at some point to accompany the team on a case, along with four other possible candidates. They were to be told that there were 20 possible candidates and only two positions, so they all needed to bring it if they had any hope of joining the team. 

As the unit chief, Emily decided to be the one to call Jack. “Hotch?” she said, when Aaron picked up the line. “How’re you? We miss you over here.” It had been more than 15 years, but their old boss was still missed every day. 

“I miss you all too,” he said sincerely. “How’re you doing? Is there something you need help with?” Anytime someone called, he was afraid that one of the team members was in trouble. Despite his retirement, he would be there if it meant saving a member of his family.

“Nothing’s wrong, at all actually,” she said hesitantly. “It’s actually about Jack. You’re aware he applied for a position at the BAU?”

His heavy sigh on the other line betrayed his lack of words. He was very proud of his son, but he was also petrified for him. At 24 though, Jack was his own man and Hotch had to learn how to live with it. “Yea, I’m aware. He made the cut?” Not so much a question as a confirmation of his beliefs. 

Emily told him that of course he did, but Luke was going to be doing most of his evaluations because they all knew him too well. “I was actually calling to talk to him and let him know. Is he there?”

“Hold on one second,” he said, screaming down the hall for his son. Despite the fact that Hotch was scared for him, Emily could hear in his voice that he was proud of and excited for his son. “Here he is. Miss you all.”

“Miss you too, Hotch,” she said as Jack picked up the line. In her mind, Jack was still the toddler she met all those years ago, but the man’s voice on the other side of the line belonged to the same human being. “Jack, hi,” she said cheerfully.

“Aunt Emily,” he said happily. “How’re you? Dad says you’ve got good news for me?” She almost teared at the tension in his voice; he wanted this more than anything. 

When she told him he’d been accepted into the first round of candidates, she almost went deaf from the hooping and hollering that went on for nearly five minutes on the other line. It filled her heart with joy to hear him running around the house screaming, with Hotch laughing in the background. The team missed Hotch, but he was where he needed to be. His relationship with Jack had become even closer since he’d retired. “You feel better now?” she laughed. “I do have one thing I have to say about this whole thing though.” As much as she loved him, she couldn’t let him think that everything was made in the shade because he had an in with the Bureau; he needed to work his ass off for this. 

“What is it?” he asked.

“Myself, Aunt JJ, Aunt Garcia, and Uncle Spencer are not going to be the ones conducting your evaluation. You’ll be working with the one member of our team that you don’t know that well, Luke Alvez,” she stipulated.

Jack heaved a sigh of relief on the other side of the line; he had assumed something horrible, but this he figured. “Because the rest of you are too biased,” he replied. “I get that. I swear, Aunt Emily, I don’t want to get this position because Dad worked there. I want to be picked because I’m right for the job. I plan on proving myself.” He had worked so hard - studied day in and day out - this was all he wanted for years. He planned on earning it.

“Okay, kiddo,” she said happily. “Luke will give you a call when you’re to come in for a case. Since we have 20 candidates, you are going to be working a case with the team, as well as four other candidates, so come prepared.

After another scream of happiness on the other side of the phone, Jack repeated that he was going to make them all proud. When she hung up the phone, she stared out her office window. So much time had passed. So much had changed. When she started, she was working under Hotch. Now she was the boss and would be working with Hotch’s son; time sure flew by in a blink.

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It was nearly four weeks before Jack got called in for a case, but the morning he did, he had to cut his breakfast with a friend short. “Oh man, I finally got called in for a case, I gotta go,” he said excitedly, popping up from the table and grabbing Henry’s hand. He grew up alongside Henry LaMontagne, though he was a couple years younger than he. They didn’t go to college together, and even if they had, they wouldn’t have had classes together, but the two remained close through the years, and now Henry was about to start his practice in art therapy, specifically dealing with victims of violent crime. He was inspired by his mother, father, aunts and uncles as well, but in his own way. Michael on the other hand wanted to follow directly in his mother’s footsteps, but he was still in high school so JJ didn’t have to worry about that just yet.

“Good luck, man,” he said, bringing Jack in for a hug and patting him on the back. “You’re gonna be great. You’re working with Luke right? Because you don’t really know him?”

Jack shook his head as he slapped the table in excitement and ran toward his car. “Catch you later, Henry! I’ll text you when I get back!” He’d waited so long for this. It was time to show his aunts and uncle that he was more than just Aaron Hotchner’s son.

                                                            —–

As he walked into the BAU, he remembered coming here as a child. For the most part, when he was here, it wasn’t anything good, but as the warm feeling washed over him, he knew this was what he wanted and where he knew he should be. Luke had been the one to call him, as his Aunt Emily had said, and told him to meet in the conference room. He also reminded him that at work, Emily, Spencer, Penelope and JJ were to be addressed by Agent and their last names unless otherwise stated. He laughed; it wasn’t like he wanted everyone to know that he had a personal connection to the team. That might lead them to believe he wasn’t truly qualified for the job. 

When he walked into the room, Jack found that he was the last one there. Two women and two other men around the same age turned around and introduced themselves. “Tiana Smith.”

“David Holden.”

“Dashawn Jones.”

“Y/F/N Y/L/N.”

“Jack Brooks,” he said by default. If he made it onto the team, he would eventually tell people that he was the son of the famed BAU agent, but until then he planned on using his mother’s maiden name. Quickly, he pulled out his phone to text his aunts and uncles that he used his mother’s maiden name.

“Hello, everyone,” Emily said as she and the rest of the BAU walked into the conference room. “My name is SSA Emily Prentiss and these are SSAs Jennifer Jareau, Luke Alvez, Penelope Garcia and Dr. Spencer Reid. Seems we have quite a few Doctors with us now.” She looked toward Jack, as well as Y/N and Tiana, both of whom had numerous doctoral degrees. “On this case, each of you will be assigned a cooperating agent and at the end of this case we will discuss among the five of us, if one or more of you make the cut for the next round of cases. That being said, Agent Brooks, you’ll be working with SSA Alvez. Agent Smith, you’re with me. Agent Y/L/N, you’re with Dr. Reid. Agent Jones, you’re with SSA Jareau. And Agent Holden, given your specialty in cybersecurity, you’ll be with SSA Garcia.”

Each of the new candidates introduced themselves to their cooperating agent, but only briefly. They did actually have a case. And they all needed to get to work. As Jack sat down at the table, he wondered whether or not he was completely out of his league - and he also couldn’t help but notice how cute his Uncle Spencer’s assignee was.

“We are headed to the land of corn fields, corn fields and more corn fields,” Penelope said. “Now, I know what you’re all thinking. That could mean any number of states or cities, but in this case, I am referring to Iowa, specifically Cedar Rapids, where two officers from the city’s police department were found sleeping with the fishes.”

Y/N blurted out without thinking. “Don’t tell me they were given cement shoes,” she said in disbelief. “They were?”

“Basically yes, oh young one,” she said without missing a beat. “They were weighed down with cement blocks and dropped into Lake Red Rock nearly two hours away, but the reason they are calling us in is because this type of death is most commonly associated with the mob, but there is next to no trace of any mob in that area. Election time is up-and-coming however, and the Cedar Rapids department got a strange message that points the finger at a politician as the perpetrator.” With a flick of her wrist, she pointed her hand back at the screen to play the message.

Your cop killer is a politician. Everyone is trying to cover their asses, but the man you’re looking for has a lot of money, a very shady past, and aspirations to become president. If someone doesn’t catch him soon, he’s going to buy and kill his way to the top.

“That is weird,” Jack said out loud. “Oh sorry.”

“No need to be sorry,” Emily said. “You’re here because you are qualified. We want your input. Everyone. So don’t be shy.” Looking around the room, she could tell off the bat that some were going to be more willing to speak up than others.

“This is a unique case in an unlikely area,” she said, standing up from the table and motioning towards the five young candidates. “And it’s a big one. Political corruption is nothing to sneeze at. Am I clear when I say that you are to listen to your cooperating agents at every turn? No going off on your own?” she asked.

A round of “yes ma’ams” made their way around the room. “Okay. We’ll discuss victimology on the plane. Wheels up in 30.”

anonymous asked:

hey im sorry, whats wrong with the movie split?? not trying to be rude or anything just kinda confused

it’s yet another movie perpetuating stigmas abt mentally ill people as dangerous, violent human beings that Normal People should be afraid of. it’s especially eye-roll worthy since it’s a gross caricature of multiple personality disorder (dissociative identity disorder). seriously the tagline on the poster is “"kevin has 23 distinct personalities. the 24th is about to be unleashed"”
ok writers. yeah i’m sure he has… TWENTY THREE personalities. and that the 24th one is a serial killer. right.

anyways. dissociative identity disorder is trauma-based. meaning, people who have it are likely victims of abuse or trauma themselves. 

“ The dissociative aspect is thought to be a coping mechanism – the person literally dissociates himself from a situation or experience that’s too violent, traumatic, or painful to assimilate with his conscious self. “

so, to accompany the sheer laziness of making another horror movie built around a Scary Mentally Ill person, it’s painting this picture of people who are in fact victims of trauma themselves as these perpetrators of violence and abuse. and that’s not true.

in fact, mentally ill people are more likely to be the victims of violent crime than to be the perpetrators. 

so basically, what i’m trying to say is

#BoycottSplit

“Split” -my life with D.I.D and Hollywood

“Split” -my life with D.I.D and Hollywood

May 4, 2017

“Split”-My life with D.I.D and Hollywood

With the movie “Split” hitting the screens I thought now is the time to share my personal experience with D.I.D (Dissociative Identity Disorder)

I have had D.I.D from childhood. Dissociation helped me disappear into my mind when enduring severe childhood traumas. I learned to successfully, seamlessly switch from one part of me to another, at first to create a stronger me or a sweeter me or a manipulative me to survive the horrors and betrayals.

Dissociation kept me alive and developed into a coping skill for stress that I continued to use through high school, college, marriage and childbirth. Dissociation also served the need to keep the traumas hidden from my conscious mind. I feared revisiting those horrors could be lethal. All my split off “parts” feared the childhood threats to never tell anyone or a pet or my family would be harmed.

After a life-threatening emergency surgery in my late thirties, those inner cries screamed louder and and the nightmares and depression nearly killed me with suicidal attempts.

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Why Do We Want Women To Be Afraid?

This is a serious question that I, as a woman, would love to get an answer to. You might be wondering what in the world I’m talking about so let me give a few examples that I have seen or experienced myself. 

The first one, of course, is the sentiment that women walking alone, especially at night, are more likely to be in serious danger than men, when men are 70% (U.SA & Canada stats) of the victims of violent crimes (excluding sexual assault,  although male victims rarely report it as much as women, but that’s a topic for another time). Men are overwhelmingly the victims of random crime yet women are the ones who are frequently warned about being in danger.

Even when someone brings up rape statistics regarding female victims, where I’ve seen it said that ¼, 1/5, 1/6 of all women will be raped in their lifetime, usually fail to bring up that most assaults were carried out by someone the victim knew, as opposed to a stranger knocking you out and dragging you into a darkened alley. This can further perpetrate the idea that it is not safe to be out an d about as a woman and to be scared of the idea of a creep lurking in the shadows waiting to assault you.

Of course, there is nothing wrong with having a healthy fear and to be vigilant for your own safety, but the mentality of fear-mongering women to be scared of everyone and everything is not something that should be continued.

So we tell women to be careful on the streets, to watch out for suspicious characters, to not walk alone without self defense tools while men are rarely told the same when they’re the ones most likely to be victimized. Maybe the question I should be asking is Why Do We Not Worry About Men’s Safety? Is it that we view women as being weaker and more likely to be victims of crime or that men are strong and should be able to brush off crime attempts? Nevermind that everyone is equaly weak when facing the barrel of a gun/point of a knife.

(All cases of “we” refers to society as a whole and not you, the reader, or I, the writer, specifically)

Checking my privilege…

Less chance of being a victim of a violent crime.

Less likely to be screwed in divorce settlements.

Choosing between parent hood.

Choosing not to sign of for the draft (united states)

Less workplace deaths.

Domestic violence shelters.

More birth control options.

Movement treating me like a queen.

More believed in a violent crime, or rape.

An entire March dedicated to my gender.

Seen as stronger even though biologically I’m weaker.


Muh oppression

Sparrow Teaches You About Schizophrenia

Okay I’m angry and schizophrenic and I want to teach people some facts about my disorder but I don’t really have the spoons to give sources. If anyone wants to add them please go ahead.

  • Schizophrenia is one of the top 10 causes of global disability, affecting more than 24 million people worldwide. 1 in every 100 people will experience schizophrenia at some point in their lifetime.
  • The impact of schizophrenia tends to be highest in Oceania, the Middle East, and East Asia.
  • It is possible to completely recover from schizophrenia (around 25% do) but “recovery” can also mean learning to manage symptoms effectively in whatever way works for you.
  • People with schizophrenia die 15-20 years younger than average
  • Schizophrenic people are 14 times more likely to be victims of a violent crime than commit one
  • Schizophrenia doesn’t mean “split personality” - it means “split mind,” which was intended to describe a rupture in a person’s thinking process.
  • Most people think of schizophrenia symptoms as being hallucinations and/or delusions. Those are common, but not always present, and other common symptoms include but are not limited to: catatonia (motor immobility/behaviour abnormality), disorganized thoughts/speech/behaviour, flat affect, alogia (poverty of speech), difficulty reading facial expressions, difficulties with attention/information processing/long-term memory, paranoia, social withdrawal, lack of motivation, inability to experience pleasure, and a ton of other stuff.
  • Most people develop schizophrenia in late adolescence to early adulthood.
  • Schizophrenia is most likely caused by a combination of genetics and environmental factors.
  • There are several types of schizophrenia, including disorganized schizophrenia, paranoid schizophrenia, catatonic schizophrenia, undifferentiated schizophrenia, and residual schizophrenia.
  • It’s extremely common for people to have both schizophrenia and OCD, more so than can be explained by chance.

I know this is a lot but I would love it if people would pass it around and maybe add facts/sources because there is SO little education about this extremely common illness.

anonymous asked:

Feminists not to stop saying they're for gender equality if they're going to constantly demonize and dehumanizes men. Men deal with just as much issues as women. Imagine a guy going through some fucked up shit and he's constantly told he's privileged and doesn't have issues. Why is this so hard for feminists to understand?

Feminists themselves say that they are a movement for gender equality without batting an eye. To them it is such a normal and simple thing that they can’t believe they have to explain themselves. But here’s the problem: action speaks louder than words.

The plain truth is that feminism is not a movement for equality. Feminism is about maximizing women’s power at the expense of men. Feminists want special treatment just by crying victim, privileges without responsibility, advantages just for being a female, government protection and funding, and for men to be put in their place. Simply put, they want a world that revolves around them. 

The reason this lie of ‘equality’ is repeated over and over again by them is because no one would accept their real ideology at its face value. Feminism had to be sugar-coated with the ideals of liberation, freedom, and equality so that the general public would swallow it. Behind closed doors or for those feminists who are honest, it’s all about projecting women as victims and men as the enemy who can only be allies through either crushing the “patriarchy” or reprogramming the toxic minds of males.

Feminism helps boys too, says feminism. Because telling boys they have a unjustly, harmful privilege they need to recognize and apologize for, toxic masculinity, rape tendencies that need to be taught out of them, their gender is to blame for all the world’s atrocities, they can’t be trusted around females, everything about them from the way they talk (mansplaining) to the way they look (male gaze) to the way they sit (manspreading) is wrong and from the moment they are born they begin oppressing helpless women, is helping boys so much. 

They are obsessed with these male “issues” because they can justify their demands for boys to be rewired and reeducated with feminist ideas and values, to take away and change their natural behavior so they become less boisterous and less of a threat and challenge to women in the new feminist utopia. Through feminist theories and sloppy research, they have turned men into potential rapists, women as perpetual victims and especially within US schools, they have turned boyhood into a disease.

In November last year, The Times reported on a programme in schools in which two women, one a former sex crime prosecutor, “re-programme teenage boys’ sexual manners so they are fit for a feminist world”. According to the report, they start the class by asserting that “misogyny is on the rise”, before going on to “describe real-life sex crimes that have happened to teenagers in this area with brutal accuracy”. The article concludes - approvingly - that by the end of the session, the boys are “scarred for life”. 

Novelist and feminist icon Doris Lessing made a shocking assessment of what she had seen while visiting a school classroom. She told the Edinburgh Book Festival, “I was in a class of nine and 10-year-olds, girls and boys, and this young woman was telling these kids that the reason for wars was the innately violent nature of men. You could see the little girls, fat with complacency and conceit while the little boys sat there crumpled, apologising for their existence, thinking this was going to be the pattern of their lives.”

In context of the chasm between boys’ and girls’ educational attainment and a rising male suicide rate that is now nearly four times that of women’s, why are schools deciding that when it comes to talking about gender, what boys need most is an extra dose of guilt and shame? Since when was it acceptable to impose ideology on school children?

The Great Men Value Women project, frames its mission as about helping young men, but it’s also driven by the belief that young men need to be re-educated as feminists - not just for their own good, but for women’s too. On the section of their website listing the organisation’s values, their final point simply states: “Feminism: This says it all”, with a link to a video of TED X talk entitled: “We Should All Be Feminists”.

Really? Who says so? Again, since when was it acceptable to impose ideology on anyone? And for that matter, would we ever dare to suggest school girls ought to be taught that Great Women Value Men?

By all means, let’s teach children about healthy relationships, but that’s not really what these campaigns are about. Instead there is an overwhelming emphasis on imposing an ideological worldview that first and foremost sees young men as potential abusers and perpetrators, while routinely ignoring and minimising the very real threat of violence, both physical and sexual, that boys and young men face themselves.

You’d never know it from the feminist rhetoric, but a man - and particularly a young man - is around twice as likely to be a victim of violent crime as a woman. And it’s not just street violence either. A 2009 NSPCC report into domestic violence in teenage relationships, showed teenage boys suffer comparable rates of violence from their girlfriends as do teenage girls from their boyfriends.

In the same year another report, this time by Childline, found that of the children who called to report sexual abuse, more than a third of them are boys. The charity also found boys were more likely to say they had been sexually abused by a woman. So imagine what it must it be like as a young man who has been beaten or sexually abused, most likely by a woman, to then be forced to attend a workshop that tells him that simply because he’s a young man, he should hang his head in shame as a potential abuser?

And the indoctrination doesn’t stop when a boy leaves school, it continues when he gets to university too - the “Good Lad” workshops for example are in fact a spin-off from compulsory consent classes for new male students that are now springing up across universities. If young males express any view that contradicted feminist orthodoxy, they are shouted at and publicly humiliated and their motives routinely come under immediate suspicion simply on account of their gender. What impact must all this be having on boys and young men, who are themselves at one of the most vulnerable stages of their lives? 

But sure feminists, keep telling us how it’s all about equality and helping boys too.

ordermoremodels-deactivated2017  asked:

Ello, friend! How're things? I kinda want your opinion on this, since you're my go-to political person. Where does the issue of single-parenthood rank on your list of current problems with the black community? And, how much (if at all) do you think the left's championing of things like social justice, and feminism, which basically seek to abolish the traditional family have contributed to the single parenthood issue? Thanks! Have a fantastical day, m8! Xoxo.

Hello! Thank you so much for the message! Things are quite well thank you :) It’s a huge problem. Broken families, the lack of black fathers and even black mothers is a disastrous epidemic and the attempts to legitimize it by the left and the demonization of the nuclear family and fathers coming from feminism is only worsening this sad reality. 

The U.S. has 25.8 percent of children being raised by a single parent, compared with an average of 14.9 percent across the other countries. Now consider 72 percent of black children are raised in a single parent household and 37 percent of these families live below the poverty line as there’s only one source of income, no balance or share of work and zero stability. Compare this to just the 8 percent of married black families who live in poverty which proves it’s not racism, it’s personal choices. Also consider black women terminate 450 babies for every 1000 born compared to white women terminate 121 for every 1000. How can you ever expect children to know the meaning of family and reap its benefits when black parents continue to shatter it, setting low standards and expectations. It proves if they held themselves to higher standards and accountability when choosing partners and creating children, things would be a lot different. 

One in every 10 black men in his thirties is in prison and black women are incarcerated at a rate four times higher, not because of racism but because they commit the large disproportionate amount of crime and murder which leads to kids growing up on the streets or searching for family structure within gangs. In 2012, white males were 38 percent of the population and committed 4,582 murders. That same year, black males were just 6.6 percent of the population but committed a staggering 5,531 murders. Every 6 months there are more blacks committing homicides than there were blacks lynched over the course of 80 years. The figures highlight a horrific truth that black racialists and white liberals routinely ignore: black Americans, young black males particularly, put themselves in close proximity to police officers by committing crime at rates sometimes five to 10 times higher than whites. This is a recipe for disaster. Black communities glorify and celebrate this thug and criminal culture so once again, if they held themselves to higher standards and accountability, things would be a lot different but no one wants to talk about this, it’s just easier to blame white people. 

The current welfare system discourages single mothers from establishing a stable two-parent household despite a portion of welfare funds allocated to promote this kind of family structure. This is because women who marry or maintain a home with the biological father of their children can face the reduction or loss of their benefits. In turn, children who grow up on welfare are more likely to grow up and be on welfare themselves, continuing the cycle. Daughters of single mothers are more likely to engage in early sexual behavior and become teen moms, which, in turn, makes them more likely to rely on welfare and their children less likely to grow up with their fathers.

Blacks see the nuclear family as a “white thing” and a broken family as a “black thing” so they fight against the nuclear family while trying to legitmize the broken family and feminism and the liberal left toe the line like good little pets. Look at BLM, even on their website, one of their official stated goals reads, “We are committed to disrupting the Western-prescribed nuclear family structure requirement.” BLM fight against nuclear families as they see it as an oppressive white structure and then we have feminists fighting against nuclear families as they just hate their fathers (as well as wanting to get a pat on the head from minorities.)  

Feminists have sold us the idea that men are disposable and we’d be better off without them, women shouldn’t be enslaved to “the oppressive patriarchal norms of being mothers” when they could be having a lot more fun working 80 hours per week and going home to cats. They prevent father involvement  and father rights  because they can profit from it. There wouldn’t be the need of a vast network of charities, organizations, affirmative action and guaranteed paychecks if we were honest and stopped the ‘women have it worse off than men’ myth. 

Feminism needs gendered issues for their survival. Feminism doesn’t want you to know that women are about as likely to abuse their partner as men or that boys suffer similar rates of sexual abuse as girls (1 in 6 boys to 1 in 4 girls) or that thousands of men are being raped or that men are the greatest victims of violent crime because it would impact their funding. In order to maintain a steady flow of cash, they now seek to preserve their own existence by perpetuating myths and inventing problems instead of trying to solve the problems already existing, such as all of the above. Just like BLM and single black mothers, they along with feminism gain huge amounts of money and handouts from their “oppressors” by playing the victim card. 

Intact families, married mothers and especially stay-at-home-married-moms are feminism’s number one enemy. Feminism tells us that the differences between the sexes comes down to social conditioning but mother’s often laugh at this idea as they understand children better than bitter, childless, lonely morons. Psychologist Steven Pinker may have said it best: “It is said that there is a technical term for people who believe that little boys and little girls are born indistinguishable and are molded into their natures by parental socialization. The term is ‘childless.’” Married women also tend to vote conservative while unmarried women tend to vote liberal ( here and here). Liberal votes means more money for the feminist cause. And more feminism means more liberal votes. It’s not a coincidence that Obama created a White House Council on Women and Girls but refused to create a White House Council on Men and Boys. Also, married women are a lot happier. A recent survey revealed that unmarried and working mothers are less happy than married and non-working mothers and we all know feminism despises anything that makes us happy or anything that can be considered a “social norm.” 

Over the past few decades, feminism told women, “you can have it all,” emphasizing equal rights while minimizing equal responsibilities. Of course, no one can have it all, but “trade offs” doesn’t sell as well. And women can’t hear what men don’t say; men didn’t tell women that work is often mind-numbing and unfulfilling and they regret not being around for their wife and children but this is exactly what feminism strives for women. In order to dislodge homemaker wives from their families, feminism devalued their role (i.e. telling married women they’re half a person and they’re pathetic). Thinking men got the better deal, many stay-at-home moms were resentful, and divorce rates accelerated. Today, it’s women who ask for 7 out of 10 divorces (see here and here.) These moms then send inconsistent messages to their children; on the one hand they say they wouldn’t trade their kids for anything, but on the other hand they send the message that a career is more sustainable than having a family. The problem with these messages given to young children is that they erode the underlying beliefs necessary for a trusting and caring relationship to be built around, and just like the broken family in black communities, the cycle repeats and it will continue to repeat itself until we start to be honest. 

On the other side of this sad ledger are all the dads who have watched their marriages disintegrate into a series of alimony and child-support payments. In one long-term study, just 10 to 15 percent of men won in custody battles. The ones who win are usually the ones who can afford lawyers. Even then, many men end up feeling like they are spending their lives working for people who have turned against them and see him as nothing more than a cash machine. Some even go to prison for falling behind on child support payments . Feminists say to this, ‘Who cares? It’s men. Fuck them,’ all because they look at hot celeb moms being toted as “superwomen” who do it all and have it all so they try to be badass boss bitches, they sacrifice family for work because they are so desperate to be like men and it eventually leaves them feeling disappointed and depressed when they’re alone and tired and they realize they should have taken family more seriously. Feminism wants to be the new men of the world yet they don’t want any of the sacrifices, they don’t want to work hard or do the dirty and dangerous jobs and they don’t want to be challenged, they also don’t want to acknowledge the fact that being a man isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. 

Thank god we have people who still value and appreciate the rewards of family, marriage, children and stability, as well as law, hard work and education. If feminism or the black community don’t want to take it seriously, we’ll continue to keep the world spinning for them while they continue to try to destroy it and hate us for it.