Trump Declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month And People Were Like “Sorry, What?”

Trump Declared April Sexual Assault Awareness Month And People Were Like “Sorry, What?”

“No one has done more to increase awareness of sexual assault than Donald J. Trump.”

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On Friday, President Donald Trump, who has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women and was once recorded discussing grabbing women “by the pussy,” proclaimed April as National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

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In fact, April has been proclaimed National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month every year starting with President Obama in 2009.

“We dedicate each April to raising awareness about sexual abuse and recommitting ourselves to fighting it,” the president said in a White House statement. “Women, children, and men have inherent dignity that should never be violated.”

The irony was not lost on people.

This is a good time to remind people that at least 12 women came forward and said they were sexually assaulted by T…

Irony just stabbed itself in the heart with a pair of dull scissors.

Quite a few people pointed out that, well, Trump certainly has increased awareness of sexual assault.

No one has done more to increase awareness of sexual assault than Donald J Trump.

Well, Trump did prompt a lot of discussion about sexual assault so I guess he has helped with awareness, in his own…

Trump did a fine job in the campaign raising awareness of sexual abuse, highlighting the sense of entitlement felt…

Some even wondered if it was an early April Fools’ Day prank.

Though some seemed fine with it.

I don’t understand how people are STILL making this into something bad.

If trump doesn’t change, he’s a bad person, if he does change, he’s still a bad person. smh?

“I cannot imagine how painful it is for the multiple women he assaulted to read this,” one person said.

I cannot imagine how painful it is for the multiple women he assaulted to read this.

And one reporter, Emma Gray, wondered if Trump’s call to support survivors of sexual assault applies to the multiple women he’s accused of assaulting.

I wonder if Trump would encourage this same support of the 16 women who have publicly accused him of sexual assault

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Hypersexuality in Bipolar Disorder

picThe need to be desired, it is a topic many women will avoid. They think it shows weakness to express the need to have a man find them attractive. I don’t. Maybe it was the many years of being overweight, but I love when I get hit on by a man. Being bipolar I admit that my need for a man to flirt with me takes on a life of its own. I love it! I crave the attention, and don’t feel as good about myself when it isn’t happening on a regular basis. Being told I am pretty, sexy, hot all makes me feel wanted and, after feeling like the ugly duckling for most of my life, I find nothing more thrilling.

Since I long for the feeling of feeling attractive I do certain things that make some women question me. I always have elaborate makeup on. I take a lot of time to do my makeup before leaving the house each day. It is something I am known for. I am often asked about the products I use, as well as the techniques I use to apply my makeup. I never feel unqualified to give the advice because I did have a cosmetology license, even though it has lapsed now. I also did makeup backstage for theatre even on traveling Broadway shows and for many community theatre shows, so I know my skills are there. I use it to my advantage to give myself a flashy look.

I also make sure to do my hair and have it styled nice as well as put on a fashionable outfit. Being known for my style and flare makes me proud to have bipolar because I know that the bipolar is part of why I have my creative style and flare. It gives my personality a complete persona, and I always enjoy when a gentleman can appreciate the time I put into looking nice.

Then on top of the makeup and the hair and the perfect outfit. I make sure I exercise and go to the gym. I know it seems like not a big deal but as I mentioned I was overweight most my life and now that I am not it is nice to continue to maintain my weight loss. I enjoy jogging and being fit. I like being able to wear sexy clothing that make me feel attractive and yes they are normally provocative and turn heads but that is the way I like it.

I know now that hypersexuality is a symptom of bipolar disorder and I know that my need to be desired probably stems from that. I don’t always like that I care so deeply what others think of me and sometimes it is the one thing that will send me deep into a depression. I may over think why no one has flirted with me recently or why my husband of almost 20 years hasn’t tried to have sex with me lately, however a good night out dancing is the one thing when I am feeling confident again that can knock that depression out of me too. It is always amazing to me what a night of feeling like a sexy woman can do for my self-esteem. For me it is a rush like nothing else, better than any drug that I could even imagine is out there.

I know bipolar has some symptoms that are a pain in the bottom and many of them I don’t care for. This symptom however is not one that I am looking to correct anytime soon. I don’t mind needing the reassurance from others that I am attractive. Maybe, that’s because I am finally okay with who I am. It won’t happen every day that a man finds me attractive and I am okay with that. I am happily married and I would never change that. I love my husband but I do love to flirt, hyper-sexuality must be controlled but can be by staying on your wellness bipolar wellness plan. I am lucky to have an understanding husband who understands when it happens it isn’t something he isn’t doing but something that is because of my disorder. Bipolar, it’s a beast!


The US Government Can Keep Videos Of Forced Feeding At Guantánamo Bay Secret

WASHINGTON — The US government will not have to release videos that show a detainee at Guantánamo Bay being forcibly fed, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday.

The government presented significant evidence that disclosure of the tapes could threaten security at the military facility, as well as the safety of American troops abroad, and a lower court judge was wrong to conclude that this evidence wasn’t persuasive, the appeals court held.

“Images are more provocative than written or verbal descriptions. Extremists have used Guantánamo Bay imagery in their propaganda and in carrying out attacks on Americans,” Judge A. Raymond Randolph of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit wrote in the court’s main opinion.

The existence of the tapes was revealed in the case of Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who was held at Guantánamo Bay from 2002 to 2014. While he was detained, he went on a hunger strike, and military personnel moved him to a medical unit where he was forcibly fed. Those interactions were recorded by cameras at the facility.

Dhiab was released and sent to Uruguay in late 2014, but media organizations continued to fight in court to get copies of the recordings, which were part of the court record of Dhiab’s broader legal challenges to his detention.

A federal district judge in Washington ordered the government to release the tapes, with redactions to protect the privacy of some of the individuals depicted. But she rejected the government’s arguments that disclosing the videos would present a national security risk.

DC Circuit judges Judith Rogers and Stephen Williams joined the decision.

Washington attorney David Schulz, who argued for the media organizations, said in an email to BuzzFeed News that they were still deciding how to proceed. He noted that the judges didn’t agree about what kind of First Amendment analysis to apply in this case, even though they all did agree that the government presented enough evidence in favor of keeping the tapes secret.

“The only thing that all three judges agreed upon is that the government had demonstrated a compelling interest in keeping the video tape evidence secret,” Schulz said. “This is troubling given the conclusion of the district judge, after careful review of the actual videotape evidence, that the American public had a right to see what that evidence documented of alleged abuse.”

A Justice Department spokesperson declined to comment.

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Zoe Tillman is a reporter with BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C.

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Meet Bill Skarsgard, the Guy About to Terrorize You as Pennywise

Who Is Bill Skarsgard?

Meet Bill Skarsgard, the Guy About to Terrorize You as Pennywise

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Bill Skarsgard is the hot man behind the horrifying face of clown makeup in the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s It, and we don’t even feel weird about being attracted to him. Sure, he’s playing one of the most iconic supernatural villains of all time, but Bill IRL seems kind of great. While you may have noticed him as Matthew in the Divergent film Allegiant, he’s popped up all over the place. As the buzz around It heats up, get the scoop on what you need to know about the up-and-coming actor.

  1. He’s Swedish, in case you couldn’t tell. Bill was born in Vällingby, a suburban area outside of Stockholm, Sweden.
  2. He comes from a famous brood. Those icy looks run in the family; Bill is the younger brother of Alexander Skarsgard, famous for True Blood and Big Little Lies. Their father is Stellan Skarsgard, a longtime actor who you may recognize from Good Will Hunting, Thor, and the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Alexander was initially worried about Bill coming to LA in pursuit of being an actor, but Bill ended up booking a major role in a month and a half.
  3. In fact, there are more Skarsgards than you think. Bill has five full siblings (Alexander, Gustaf, Sam, Eija, and Valter) and two half-brothers, Ossian and Kolbjörn. That’s a lot of Christmas gifts to buy.
  4. He’s been in creepy stuff before. Though his performance as Pennywise will undoubtedly haunt us forever and ever, It isn’t Bill’s first foray into horror. He starred on all three seasons of Netflix’s Hemlock Grove as Roman Godfrey. He knows his way around the supernatural. Then again, that show never had a killer clown.

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  1. His breakthrough role was playing a man with Asperger’s syndrome. Bill starred in the 2010 Swedish film Simple Simon as a young man with the developmental disorder. He was nominated for a Guldbagge Award, which is basically the equivalent of a Swedish Oscar.
  2. Bill had big dreams of traveling the Trans-Siberian railroad. In an interview with his father, Stellan inquired about why Bill chose to act after graduation rather than stick with his initial plan of traveling. "The main reason why I didn’t really pursue acting early was because I thought people would say, ‘Yeah OK, here comes another one, he’s been fed on a silver plate of course he’s an actor,’" Bill said. "You know as well as anybody else you don’t just ‘get to’ play parts, you need to prove yourself."
  3. He got his driver’s license at 26 years old. It wasn’t until Bill had been in Canada and America for a few years that he thought to get a license.
  4. He’s active on social media. You can find him on Instagram (@billskarsgard) and Twitter (@Billskarsgard_).

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10 Incredible Photo Stories You Absolutely Can’t Miss

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It’s amazing the parade of talent that showed up to our SXSW photo booth. It’s also amazing the level of patience and creativity that photographer William Callan brought to the booth — 67 portraits in a single space is not for the faint of heart, but the results are super fun.

—Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

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Long before we ordered our groceries online and had a drone deliver the items to our home, there were malls. A one-stop shopping center for all the clothing, music, and toys one could afford complete with highly sought after seating at the food court. This fun photo essay highlights the many eccentricities of pre-internet-shopping mall life of the 1990s. Points if you rocked any of the 90s fashion trends in this post; bonus points if you ever entered a drawing for the ‘mall car’.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News


TIME does a great job presenting some of the NASA Apollo outtakes in this post, looking at why the images were excluded in favor of the more famous counterparts. In some ways I like the these better, the fuckups and one-offs and not-quites, the imperfections make the intangibility of space seem more real when viewed through the lens of human fallibility.

—Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

Robert Shults

Some viewers may find this quite disturbing. Robert Shults’ photo series “The Washing Away of Wrongs” takes a sensitive and thoughtful approach to the essential training that future forensic scientists undergo while in college. The topic at hand is morbid to say the least, but Shults’ pictures succeed in conveying the skill and training that goes in forensic research. This one is must see, but maybe not immediately after having lunch.

—Gabriel H. Sanchez, photo essay editor, BuzzFeed News

Much has been said about what the palm of a hand can reveal of one’s future, but Omar Reda’s project “Hands: The Story of Life” gives a different kind of discovery. His portraits deal with people’s past and present stories, about who they are, what they do, and what they’ve been through. After all, the palm of a hand contains one’s identity — not just so it can be scanned for entry in high-tech labs but because everything we do with our hands adds to our own unique history.

—Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia


For many Americans, the aftermath of 9/11 left us with more questions than answers. Today, the events which transpired that morning still evoke feelings of horror and confusion as we continue to make sense of such a horrendous act of violence. These pictures, re-released by FBI this past week, provide a first hand account of the destruction at the Pentagon that left 184 dead. The images appear clerical and eerily silent, offering an unadulterated perspective of 9/11 first responders.

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A former Alaskan tour guide, Atlantic editor Alan Taylor put together quite the collection of images to celebrate the purchase of the now 49th US state from Russia in 1867. The post is an eclectic mix of rarely seen archival photos; exhibitions of Alaska’s raw, wild beauty; and reminders of some of the state’s darker days. If your knowledge of Alaska stops at Sarah Palin and caribou, prepare to be educated.

—Laura Geiser, photo editor, BuzzFeed News


Alex Thompson’s work reveals the complexity of environmental issues in the American West. The essay looks closely at how land rights and mineral rights have been split in Wyoming, leaving residents at the mercy of the federal government and mining companies’ decisions. This loss of autonomy highlights the frustrating struggle to balance jobs, land, and pollution.

—Kate Bubacz, senior photo editor, BuzzFeed News

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Newsha Tavakolian’s photos of post-war female guerrillas in Colombia evoke a sense of quietness where she makes you feel that there’s hope outside the jungles but also sense the undeniable struggle during their transition. I’m particularly drawn to the portraits where these women still find the need to clasp their guns and how this is symbolic of their journey towards relearning the concept of trust.

—Anna Mendoza, photo editor, BuzzFeed Australia

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