Justice Pate, 12, looks on with parents as he accepts awards, medals and certificates from Dekalb County, Georgia, for his heroic act of saving a 7-year old boy drowning in a hotel pool in Georgia.
*There has been a huge campaign to get African Americans swimming because the unfortunate truth was revealed a couple years ago that blacks and other minorities were not swimming.
In fact, in 2009, 57 percent of the black and Latino community’s children did not know how to swim. Also, blacks were 2.6 percent more likely to drown than whites in the same age group. (more…)
*In one of the great unmentioned effects of the earthquake in Haiti, women and young girls are suffering a rising number of rapes and sexual assaults, according to leading aid agencies.
So widespread are the reports – and they include the rape of a girl of 12 by her rescuer after she was pulled out from the rubble – that emergency measures are now being taken.
Displaced men and women patrol some camps with makeshift arms to ward off attackers; girls wear jeans under their skirts for protection if they go out after dark; temporary women-only health centres are being set up; and NGOs try to deliver aid to dangerous neighbourhoods where women are too scared to go out in search for food.
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