WRAP week aims to create awareness about issues related to pornography

first_imgThe third annual White Ribbon Against Pornography (WRAP) week started Monday in an effort to promote conversation and awareness of the dangers of pornography, as well as the severity of the issue on Notre Dame’s campus and in the United States at large. The organization that initiated the event, Students for Child Oriented Policy (SCOP), promotes WRAP Week as an invitation to students to learn about the nature of pornography and explore helpful resources. SCOP is a non-sectarian and non-partisan group on campus that advocates for public policy that aligns with the best interests of children in nurturing their development and success. Since the club’s founding in 2013, it has been focused on five pillars: marriage, adoption, education, drug abuse and pornography. “We want to show some of the stats that are hidden by the industry about how prevalent porn use is,” senior Jim Martinson, SCOP’s president, said. “People who are struggling and hear witness testimonies can know they’re not alone. Something you get out of this week is you become more knowledgeable about the harms of porn and how it’s one of the more mainstream issues facing society.”WRAP week is a national campaign started by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE), which has the goal of “exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography,” according to its website. Each day of Notre Dame’s WRAP week features a different event or talk to create a strong Notre Dame support system. Yesterday, SCOP members passed out bagels and white ribbons to students as a physical demonstration of solidarity. Additionally, SCOP held a prayer service at the Grotto with the Knights of Columbus. As a co-sponsor of WRAP week, Knights of Columbus, along with other University organizations such as Right to Life, Irish Rover and Militia of the Immaculata, have helped provide financial assistance for the week and promote the events on campus. On Tuesday, WRAP week will feature a lecture by Notre Dame professor Kirk Doran titled “Children, Marriage, and Happiness” at 7:30 p.m. in B034 Geddes Hall. “We want to show the positive side of an alternative lifestyle of using porn,” sophomore Ellie Gardey, SCOP vice president, said. “You can be happy and live a life of virtue that’s not corrupted by porn.”The main keynote speakers for the week, Dr. William Struthers — a sociology professor at Wheaton College — and Dawn Hawkins from NCOSE, will lead a discussion called “Sex and the Brain: The Impact of Sexually Explicit Media” tomorrow at 7 p.m. in 102 DeBartolo Hall.“We’re going to focus more on the science behind the pornography issue,” Martinson said. On Thursday, there will be a dinner and discussion with Fr. Terry Ehrman, C.S.C about Ehrman’s book “Man of God.” The book is the fictional story of a man who overcomes his porn addiction“The book is a series of fictional emails between Father Terry and a man who is struggling with pornography,” Gardey said. “It goes through the story of how Fr. Terry helps him to overcome his addiction. It shows that when he was able to overcome his addiction, he could start a family and be there for his child and wife.”WRAP week will conclude Friday with “Fighting Irish Fighting Pornography.” From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., members of SCOP will be outside North and South Dining Hall to gather signatures for the banner and petition for a Wi-Fi filter at Notre Dame. Since the petition began a few years ago, it has collected over 1,000 signatures. “It’s been a two year battle to get this filter on campus,” Martinson said. “There’s also going to be letters calling for a filter on Notre Dame’s Wi-Fi network and 150 students total have already signed the letters. People have responded to the letters positively. I definitely think it’s going to happen. We’ve been in communication with [chief of staff] Ann Firth and Fr. Jenkins and they’ve been receptive. We’ll also be doing a Senate proposal to filter the Wi-Fi network under the direction of Fr. Jenkins to get students involved.”Each year, SCOP continues to grow its membership and member involvement in the hopes of instituting a more widespread impact on campus, Martinson said.“Ultimately, we would love to take WRAP week to the point on nonexistence where there would be no issue anymore,” Martinson said. “In the near future we would love to have bigger speakers on campus. We want to have more in-depth discussions about pornography usage so that people realize that this is a serious issue and it’s just a matter of time for that.” Tags: pornography, Students for Child Oriented Policy, WRAP Weeklast_img read more

Peru and Guatemala Agree to Strengthen Fight against Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo October 25, 2011 Peru and Guatemala agreed to exchange information about the anti-drug fight and drug trafficking in the region, Guatemalan Interior Minister Carlos Menocal announced on October 22, in Lima. “We have achieved significant progress with Peru on security. We agreed to engage in a fluid exchange of information and experiences in the fight against drug trafficking,” Menocal told Peruvian state news agency Andina. During the week, the Guatemalan minister visited Peruvian Interior minister Óscar Valdés, the Justice minister Francisco Eguiguren, and anti-drug czar Ricardo Soberón. “A fundamental thing on which we ministers agree, both Guatemalans and Peruvians, is that the issue of drug trafficking should not be viewed from one country’s perspective, but rather has to be viewed as a regional phenomenon,” Menocal stressed. The Guatemalan Interior minister announced that he had invited Peru to be part of the Security Commission of the Central American Integration System, in order to strengthen the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime in the region. He also noted that his country is interested in working with Peru immediately, since both nations have common challenges in the area of the fight against organized crime. Guatemala is a transit country for illicit drug trafficking and faces a problem of violence and insecurity due to the growing presence of gangs recruited by Mexican transnational criminal organization Los Zetas. Peru, for its part, is one of the world’s leading producers of cocaine and coca, and Mexican cartels are disputing control of the drug trade with local gangs.last_img read more

D’Tigers to Start 2021 Afrobasket Qualification Race in November

first_imgD’Tigers will compete in Group D alongside Mali, Rwanda and Algeria for a place in the 2021 FIBA Afrobasket Championship.The Olympic Games bound squad who narrowly lost the 2017 title to co-host, Tunisia will start the qualification campaign between the 23rd of November and 1st of December, 2020 at venues yet to be determined by FIBA Africa.Although, D’Tigers are tipped as one of the favorites during the qualifiers, but the Nigeria Basketball Federation will not leave anything to chance as they are focused on commencing an early preparation. The teams will play two tournaments format during the three international windows for a place in 2021 Afrobasket Championship.The final phase of qualifiers will be played between 15th and 23rd of February, 2021 by all the 20 countries divided into five groups.The top three teams from each group will automatically qualify for the FIBA AfroBasket 2021 to be held in Rwanda.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Blake Griffin leads Clippers to 104-88 victory over Mavericks

first_imgAfterward, Clippers coach Doc Rivers talked about Griffin’s quick start. He scored 33 points in Wednesday’s season-opening win at Sacramento.“He’s been great,” Rivers said. “I mean, he’s been great offensively and defensively and that’s what you want out of him. His energy, his leadership. … Where he’s at has just been phenomenal.”Rivers talked about Griffin’s approach, though he had difficulty explaining it.“It’s a tough one; it just is (different),” Rivers said. “He’s still fun and having fun, but he’s deadly serious, locked in defensively. And just talking more.”Jamal Crawford, who contributed 15 points off the bench, has noticed. “Blake is a top-shelf NBA player,” he said. “Whoever you want to say is at the top of the list, he’s right there. I always tell him that. … He’s driven. He wants to be better, be the best.”Austin Rivers had 14 points off the bench and J.J. Redick scored 12. Redick said he has seen something different in Griffin, as well.“I have noticed a difference in his approach,” Redick said. “I think he’s been more serious, he’s been more vocal. He’s always been a great player and he’s always brought it when the lights are on and it’s game-time, as evidenced by his numbers and his production. But he’s certainly stepped up his leadership.”Griffin has changed a few things.“I definitely have a different approach,” he said. “This summer I kind of evaluated everything, evaluated literally everything. Not just on the court, off the court. I’ve tried to keep myself thinking on the high level.“I was taking care of my body. Not just workouts, but kind of educating myself on a lot of different things. So definitely taking a different approach. As far as basketball goes, still trying to play the same way, but leadership-wise, how I carry myself every day, I think I’ve tried to make that little change.”Griffin said he read an abundance of books over the summer, from sports-themed to a couple on the Navy Seals.The Clippers led 22-17 after one quarter, 51-43 at halftime and took an 85-68 lead into the fourth quarter, thanks to a 3-point basket by Austin Rivers at the third-quarter buzzer.The Clippers led by as many as 28 points in the fourth. DeAndre Jordan contributed six points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.The Mavericks, who were missing several players because of injury, got 17 points from John Jenkins and 16 from Dirk Nowitzki.Thursday’s game marked the first time Jordan played against the Mavericks after first agreeing to sign with them as a free agent during the summer, before changing his mind and re-signing with the Clippers.Clippers coach Doc Rivers had a bit of advice for Jordan prior to tip-off.“Yeah, ‘Go play basketball,’” he said. “It’s a basketball game.”Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said his team is well past that.“That’s over,” he said. “Our franchise moved on from that months ago.”Jordan absorbed a hard foul from Nowitzki in the second quarter. Jordan kind of pushed Nowitzki with his arm as the two were tangled. Jordan was fired up and began screaming to no one in particular. Others joined in the verbal altercation, the end result being technical fouls called on Jordan, Griffin and Dallas’ Ray Felton.Jordan downplayed it.“He made a good NBA foul, and it was an emotional game, I’m trying to hype my teammates up and that’s it,” he said. “Nothing against Dirk at all.”Nowitzki echoed that sentiment.“Nothing really happened,” he said. “I tried to duck him and he hit me with the elbow, probably inadvertently, and then the next time down he got an offensive rebound and I just tried to foul him. I tried not to let him dunk and that was it. There was nothing else happening.”Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was in attendance. He told reporters before the game that, “You can change the players, you can change the owner, but the Clippers are who they’ve been for the last 30 years.”Doc Rivers responded in a sarcastic tone.“That’s so hurtful, I don’t know what to do,” he said. “Hey, listen. We are the Clippers. That’s my answer.”The Clippers play at Dallas on Nov. 11. He runs the floor like a man much smaller. He flies through the air for resounding dunks. He makes moves a 6-foot-10 player should not make.It’s not Superman. But Blake Griffin has played superbly at the outset of this basketball season.Griffin on Thursday scored 26 points on 11-of-17 shooting and pulled down 10 rebounds in not quite 27 minutes to lead the Clippers to a 104-88 victory over the Dallas Mavericks before a sellout crowd of 19,218 at Staples Center in the Clippers’ home opener.The Clippers are 2-0, the Mavericks 1-1.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more