Don’t Fall Victim to a Sexual Assault

Whether it is in the workplace or at home, sexual assault is a terrifying ordeal that no one wants to go through. That said it happens all too often to so many people.

One venue that should seem safe is college.

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Unfortunately, some schools get bad grades when it comes to educating the public and preventing sexual assaults on campus.

For many victims (oftentimes women), recovering from a sexual assault can take a long time. In some cases, the recovery time can seem infinite.

With that in mind, what are some of the warning signs of sexual assault on campus and what can be done to prevent it?

Be Pro-active in Preventing Attacks

First and foremost, those sexually assaulted on college campuses should never feel like they brought the crime on themselves.

Yes, some activities on campus (especially excessive drinking) can put students in harm’s way, but that still does not legitimize someone being sexually assaulted. Whether it was one drink too many or the manner in which someone is acting and/or dressed, the bottom line is that sexual assault is never justified.

That having been said, here are some ways to be pro-active in lessening the chances of becoming a sexual assault victim, along with how to deal with the crime if you’re a victim:

  • Environment – Always be sure to put yourself in as safe an environment as possible. Sexual assault criminals look for individuals that they feel are “soft” targets. If you’re out partying, always use the buddy system, especially on the way home. That means not leaving a bar or other venue by yourself if you’ve had too much to drink (oftentimes, individuals feel like they’re capable of getting from one location to another after a few drinks). If you or your friends call a cab or other form of transportation for you, ride with a friend. Placing someone that has had too much partying in a cab etc. by themselves is not a 100 percent guarantee they will arrive home safely;
  • Aggression – If you’re at a venue on or off campus, be on the lookout for individuals that are too aggressive towards you or your friends. Aggression can be either verbal or physical, including unwanted advances, lude comments, asking for lots of personal information etc. If someone is being too aggressive towards you, let them know immediately that you want them to stop. In the event they continue such acts, report them to friends or security;
  • Assault – In a case where you feel you’ve been sexually assaulted (sometimes it is not immediately apparent if the victim is not aware of what is taking place or happened), seek help as soon as possible. Not only should you report the matter to authorities, but also look to get a sexual assault defense attorney on your side. Those that perpetrate sexual assault crimes oftentimes figure and/or hope the victim will not file charges. This can be due to a number of reasons, including not remembering all that happened, fear of retribution, embarrassment etc. Never feel like you did anything to warrant the crime against you;
  • Educate – In the event you have been sexually assaulted, use your experience to educate others. While you may feel it was your fault or you are scared of speaking out, know that you could help prevent the next attack. Oftentimes, such crimes go unreported, leaving the criminal or criminals to act out on others, this being a casual encounter or someone you have known for some time now.. If your experience can prevent one other person from going through a similar ordeal, educating others on the signs to look for of a possible attack are well worth it. Lastly, seek the support of others that have been victims. Joining sexual assault groups, talking with those that have had similar experiences, can be mentally rewarding, reminding you that there are others out there having gone through sexual assaults.

While it would be nice to live in a world where sexual assaults are not reality, the bottom line is they happen far too often.

Preventing yourself from becoming the next sexual assault victim is something you should not have to worry about, though the possibility is always there.

Don’t fall victim and become the next statistic.

 

 

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All About Personal Injury

You may have heard commercials on TV, on the radio and seen the billboards. But what really is personal injury? Is it something that has happened to you that you could benefit from? It’s quite a common occurence and you may qualify for some benefit if you have been injured.

All About Personal Injury

Finding a Personal Injury Lawyer

If you have been injured or disabled due to someone else’s negligence, you may qualify for compensation. To get the best compensation that you deserve, you should search for a personal injury lawyer. Make sure you go local and be specific in your search, like personal injury attorney in San Francisco, rather than using a general search like lawyer or attorney.

A personal injury lawyer will be able to help you have a successful case with fair compensation if you have a legitimate injury. They are trained in this area, and know how to proceed in the best way. Look for a lawyer not only qualified and respected in this area, but one who will spend the time on your case that it deserves. Check out the firm’s credentials and see if they have some testimonials published or references they can share. Ask question so you know what you’re getting into. Once you find a lawyer you’re comfortable with, you’ll be off to settle your case.

What Exactly is Personal Injury?

As mentioned, if you have been injured or disabled form someone else’s negligence, you may qualify for personal injury compensation. Some types of compensation are attorney fees, medical bills, or compensation for emotional distress or loss of job or ability to work. Some examples of personal injury are:

  • Injury from a car or motorcycle accident that wasn’t your fault
  • Getting hurt in a fall on someone else’s property due to negligence
  • Injury from repetitive motion at work, like back pain or carpal tunnel syndrome

These are only some examples of what qualifies for personal injury. Other types result form medical malpractice where negligence comes into play or even assault. Though these may be the types of personal injury most frequently experienced, there are some more common types of personal injury:

  • Injury from a defective product – This could be something like a defective part in a car causing a wreck with injury or even death. If a product is used as it is intended but injury results, there could be a case.
  • Injury from a dog bite – If a dog bites you, you may be entitled to compensation from the owner depending on the circumstances.
  • Injury form a misdiagnosis – Whereas this may fall under malpractice, if you are misdiagnosed and your condition becomes worse, you may have a personal injury case.

The Steps in a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Once you know you have a case and you’ve found a lawyer to represent you, you should know the process and the steps in this case.

A complaint will be filed and served on the defendant. The defendant is the one who was negligent – whether the owner of the property, the dog, or the one who hurt you through negligence. Once the defendant has a lawyer (or opts not to) there will be some pre-trial litigation. This is where the information is shared through discovery. It may take a short time, like just a few days, or it could last years. Many cases are settled before trial, because it’s just easier that way, especially if it’s a clear case. It saves everyone time and money. It may end up going to trial, where it will be tried in court. A jury may decide in either favor depending on the evidence presented. This is where you want the best lawyer you can find.

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Personal injury is serious, and valid, and if it’s happened to you, you deserve compensation. However, it often is connected with fraud and some people look at it as a quick way to make a buck. Slip and fall cases are huge in he fraud department, where people fake slips and falls to collect damages. Unfortunately, this may make a valid case harder to prove. That is another reason to seek a good, highly qualified, specialized attorney to help you in your personal injury case.

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Guide to Buy the Right Elliptical or Treadmill

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Fitness is such a passionate domain that a person who is actually conscious about his / her health would never miss on taking up all possible measures to keep it perfect. To meet your fitness goals, you need many tools like gadgets, diet plans, and above all fitness equipment. The prime two machines that you would surely see in each and every gym are elliptical and treadmill. The market offers you load of models like horizon elliptical and others, but even more than these machines what you really need to know is how to use them to get the best out of it. While buying these two machines, often people bank on what the store keeper is saying and promoting; that would not be a wise take for sure. You need to know extensively about these two before making the right choice while purchase.

What are treadmills?

Treadmills are machines that offer you the opportunity to increase weight loss, cardiovascular functioning, and bone density, all good for your overall health. It burns more calories (approximately 50 to 250 more calories an hour) in comparison to bike or elliptical trainer and assures building the bone density of lower extremity at its best. You get the decline and incline feature to customize your running.

What are elliptical trainers?

Elliptical trainers offer you the benefits of all kinds of weight-bearing exercises without the impact. This is basically for low impact workout and does not strain your body and joints. The arm handles in this machine allows you a full body workout. This machine is a combination of stairmaster, treadmill, pedal movement of an exercise bike. You can have a complete workout session without pressurising your back, knees, joints and hips.

With ample models in stores like nordictrack x9i and many others, it is quite natural for customers to get confused as to which machine would be the right choice. Here are some points to remember while you plan to buy either of these two fitness machines –

  1. Budget – This is of course the first criteria when you buy anything; if the price is exceedingly high try to look for other models or similar machines that provide similar kind of effects.
  2. Quality and Durability – These are supposed to be one time investment items; you don’t buy treadmills or elliptical trainers every year thus make a wise choice by keeping quality parameter upmost. Check the products minutely before buying and take a test session of around 15 minutes before making the deal.
  3. Space needed – If you evaluate the folded up machine you will not be able to actually gauge the area it needs to be kept. Especially for treadmills, you need to leave space all around to minimize the chances of injury. Also for elliptical trainer, you need to check if the full body movement can be done freely considering the final space it takes.
  4. Stability– Check how stable the model is; just like individuals the machines also have different characteristics and traits. The stability is not the same for all. Test out few models and check the construction. For treadmills, make sure you do the testing without shoes.
  5. Motor and Warranties – The motor capacity should be decided on the fact if the machine will be used once or twice in a day or rigorous by many users. A continuous duty rating of most of the home treadmills are around 1.5 to 2.5. Consumers should not compromise on warranties. Motor warranty for 1 year is compulsory and the warranty for other parts should be for around 3 years.

These pointers if remembered while buying, you are sure to get the best elliptical or treadmill at home.

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Don’t Let Depression Get the Best of You

Has depression been getting the better of you recently? For countless individuals, depression is their biggest opponent on a daily basis. While there are myriad of means to fight depression, not all those efforts prove successful.

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In order to make you one of those successful patients, have you tried various methods to combat that what is making you depressed?

Taking the Fight to Depression

The first step to take in battling depression is realizing you have a battle on your hands.

For some people, they choose to try and sweep depression under the rug, figuring it only happens to other individuals and families. If that’s you, then you need to alter that mindset.

There are various ways to combat depression including:

  1. Medicine – Different products on the market have helped many individuals in their fight with depression. The trick is finding the right medication that best suits your needs. In order to take control of your life once again, work with your doctor and/or psychologist to see what pill or pills are most likely to be effective in assisting you. It is important to note that everyone reacts differently to medication depending on the prescribed pill, dosage etc. If you do take medication to fight depression, make sure you closely follow the instructions from your medical specialist;
  2. Support – One of the best ways to fight depression is having a support system to lean on. Whether it is family, friends or even a trusted co-worker, it just takes that one person (the more the merrier) to listen, offer advice, and be there for you when you need a helping hand. In some cases, those that are depressed feel like the support system they truly need is not there for them, thereby making matters worse. Even if you have limited relations with family, friends or even your co-workers, reach out to someone in those groups when you feel like help is needed. Too often, those who are suffering from depression think no one will listen to their problems. In retrospect, there is always almost an ear or two that will in fact listen, so don’t be afraid to ask for help;
  3. Exercise – You may not think that a simple workout or two can help you in the battle against depression, but you’d be quite surprised. In fact, exercise can help you in several ways. One, it temporarily takes your mind off of that which is depressing you. Secondly, the physical benefits to your body via exercise are numerous. Lastly, exercise can oftentimes be done with one or more people, meaning you have someone to talk to while getting your workout in. Before beginning an exercise program, talk with your doctor or a fitness pro so that you can put together an exercise strategy that not only is good for you physically, but also is achievable, meaning you are less likely to quit;
  4. Diet – How many times have you turned to food when depression has set in? Unfortunately, millions of people do just that. In turn, the depression becomes not only a mental issue, but also literally weighs on someone’s opinion of their physical appearance. If you’re turning to food in order to combat your depression feelings, make a change in your diet starting today. Instead of eating items that are high in calories, turn to more nutritious offerings. Also avoid overloading on food during the typical three meals a day. Instead, eat four or five smaller meals a day, that way you are less inclined to overeat at breakfast, lunch or dinner. Never turn to alcohol or smoking as ways to battle your feelings of depression. Both have negative long-term side effects on one’s health;
  5. Wellness – Finally, do periodic wellness checks on both your mental and physical well-being. Just because you overcame depression this time around does not mean it won’t come back again down the road. If you see a sign or signs of your depression returning, don’t be afraid to reach out for help. You oftentimes know the warning signals, so get the jump on depression before it takes over your life. In the end, you and those in and around your life benefit from a happy and health you.
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Become More Social in the Fight Against Addiction

If you or someone you love has been battling a drug or alcohol addiction, you know how challenging the fight can be.

There are times when you think you are close to having it licked, only to see yourself fall right back into it. When that happens, climbing out of the hole of addiction can be 10 times more difficult.

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So, where are some of the best places to turn for help when addiction seems to be getting the better of you?

Leave No Helpful Stone Unturned

While addiction may seem like it is winning, it can and has been defeated countless times.

Look to some of these areas for help:

  • Family and friends – Those closest to you are oftentimes the ones who can swing the pendulum in your favor when fighting addiction. With that in mind, never turn down the offer of assistance from a family member or friend. In some cases, you may be embarrassed to ask for help, feeling like your addiction is a problem you must tackle on your own. When you try and do that, you can be overwhelmed and even feel lost at times. In some cases, an individual fighting addiction can actually bond once again with a family member or members, along with drawing a closer relationship to a friend or friends. If you know of one or more people that have battled addictions and won, turn to them for support and advice. While co-workers may not be at the top of the list in your mind when turning for help, those you share an office space with are around you eight or more hours a day. As a result, they can be some of your best sounding boards when seeking help;
  • Social networking – You are probably wary of turning to social media to ask for help in fighting an addiction, but it can in fact be one of the best decisions you ultimately make. While social media does have its downsides, there are many positives that come from the world of social networking. One of these is people reaching out to others who are going through or have gone through similar health challenges over time. Engaging in social media with healthy boundaries can prove beneficial, allowing you to share stories and ask questions of others currently or previously battling addiction issues. If you have not already, start a Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page, Whether you use one, two or all three of these sites, start slow. One thing you want to avoid is that feeling of being overwhelmed by social networking. Start by giving a brief description of what you have or are currently going through with an addiction. Use hashtags such as #addiction, #recovery etc. to find groups of people in similar situations. As others converse with you, feel free to ask questions of these individuals as to how they recovered or are in the process of recovery. If social media seems at times to be a little too overwhelming, take a step back and go back when you feel more comfortable;
  • Recovery groups – Even though some individuals battling addictions are oftentimes too shy to sit and talk in front of others, this can be one of the best venues to help one move towards kicking their demons. If you decide to go to a recovery group meeting or meetings, you don’t have to sit-up and talk the ears off of people. Take-in what is going on and realize that such meetings are not to single anyone out with an addiction, but to help them recover sooner rather than later. Feel free to ask questions of others, gathering all the information and using what can best assist you in getting your health back, including your mental health.

If you have not delved into social media as you battle an addiction, give it a consideration.

Social media is something that millions of people engage in on a daily basis, much of which can be used for good.

As you find the best solution or solutions in fighting an addiction, social media may be the missing component that will ultimately give you a hands-up in your struggle.

 

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Optimind for Memory, Focus and Mental Energy

Whether you have difficulty concentrating, feel foggy, or lack energy, nootropic supplements may offer the solution you have been hoping to find. Optimind and other supplements contain ingredients that help to improve focus, concentration, and enhance cognitive function, memory, and mental energy. If you are searching for an energy supplement, it is important to find a source of information that is not linked to the company selling you their product.

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Getting the Information You Need

Making an informed decision is beneficial for your health, wellness, and getting the results you want when taking supplements for cognitive enhancement. Optimind review and information can be found at Brain Enhancement Advisor. If you are looking for independent and unbiased product reviews, you can find reviews and comparisons about the best supplements on this website.

Better Memory and Cognitive Function

The desire for improvements in memory, cognition, energy, and mental performance is common among adults of all ages. The makers of this product claim that it offers improvements in memory, focus, eliminates the foggy feeling in your head, and helps to boost energy levels, so you can get everything done and enhance mental performance and cognitive function. Besides a healthy diet and plenty of Vitamin A, there are some other options like listed below.

Increases Energy Levels Naturally

Are you struggling with low energy levels? Does lack of mental energy interfere with you overall performance at school or work? If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Many adults in the United States seem to be overworked, overwhelmed, stressed, and exhausted. This energy supplement helps to increase your energy levels, enabling you to improve performance and feel better.

Proven Ingredients

The unique blend of nootropic and herbal ingredients offers improvements in memory and energy levels. The formula includes some known nootropics and substances that naturally boost focus and energy levels. The ingredients include phosphatidylserine, vinpocetine, choline, DMAE, tyrosine, alpha lipoic acid, and taurine. Other ingredients include Vitamins B3, B6, B12, D3, and green tea leaf extract. The formula is considered to be safe and effective.

Fast Results, Guaranteed

Some nootropic supplements don’t work immediately and you may have to take them for days, or weeks, to notice a significant improvement in focus and clarity. When you need faster results, you may want to try a supplement that delivers results from the first dose. The makers of this product promise fast results with the use of this product. They guarantee that you will see results within an hour of taking the product.

Favorable Reviews

Product reviews can be a valuable source of information, as long as they are independent and written by users and reviewers with no affiliation with the company selling this product. The average Optimind review is quite favourable and users report results when using this supplement and no serious side effects have been reported. The product is among the most popular on the market and has an impressive following. In addition, the company has a solid reputation, including an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. What the product lacks is clinical research to demonstrate the effectiveness of the product.

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In Vitro Fertilization and Your Options of Having a Baby

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Has having a baby been on your mind for some time now?

Unfortunately, many women (and couples) wanting to bring a new life into the world have struggled with this challenge.

One option on the table to conceive a child is in vitro fertilization (IVF), something that countless women and their mates have turned to over the years.

Whether or not IVF is in your current or future plans revolves around your ability to become pregnant with such a procedure, not to mention the expenses involved with in vitro fertilization.

Is IVF Right for You?

Start with taking a look at your current life, what your medical history (now and in the past) is, and what your financial outlook is.

In looking at how you are currently living, is now the right time to try to become pregnant? As millions of women can tell you, the timing has to be as right as possible in order to be able to successfully have a newborn.

In the event you have had trouble conceiving a child in the past or even just recently, will a fertility center be your best option to make your dream happen?

Depending on your location, you could go with a fertility specialist in Utah or another part of the country.

Take a look at the center’s history and of course its success rate at conceiving children.

Does the center have a solid past and present or has it had some issues when it comes to in vitro fertilization? Do other women and couples recommend the specific center you are considering or do they have some not so kind opinions of it? Finally, is the center you are looking at nearby so that you will have ease of travel or are they located a long distance from where you reside?

Another important component of IVF is what it will cost you (as an individual or as a couple) to follow through with the procedure.

The cost of fertility treatments typically vary from person to person/couple to couple. On average, one can expect to pay somewhere in the area of between $12,000 and $14,000 for the entire procedure, though all cases are usually different depending on the individual’s needs.

One option you should certainly investigate is will your insurance provider cover some or all of the costs associated with IVF? In many cases, the health insurer will not offer coverage for the entire process, but it may compensate for diagnostic testing needed to get the process rolling.

 

Success Rates Truly Do Matter

Also take the time to look into a center’s success rate with in vitro fertilization.

Do numbers back up its claims to be the best choice for you wanting to conceive a baby? Has the center not delivered on its promises at times and actually left women and couples disappointed in their ability to conceive a child?

Patient testimonials (oftentimes found on a center’s website) are a great look into whether or not this might be the fertility center for you. While all patient comments should always be taken with a slight grain of salt, they can be very beneficial to you in making your mind up.

Just as many consumers shop online these days for their lifestyle requirements, you can also use the Internet to learn a wealth of information about IVF. Doing a Google search of your center or centers of interest will help you in finding what facility best suits your needs.

Another key component in the mix is will your center of choice offer any refunds if you ultimately are not able to become pregnant? Refund programs are available with a number of centers that is of course assuming you meet the necessary criteria to obtain one.

One last item to keep in mind is the support you want and quite frankly need from friends and family during the IVF process.

Turn to those you might know who have opted for in vitro fertilization, getting their viewpoints on the success or lack thereof from it.

While patient testimonials might leave you a little skeptical at times, hearing from those you know and trust should give you more piece of mind, helping you in your ultimate goal of becoming a mother.

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