TRIGGER WARNING: Sexual assault, rape.

This video is, in order: exciting, cool, suspenseful, scary, gross, inspiring, hopeful, powerful, and enlightening. After you see its surprising ending, then share it so its message will be heard far and wide.

This gets intense. I couldn’t stop watching, but feel free to skip from 3:00 ahead to 5:00, when this video reveals its major, hopeful surprise.

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I spent the first minute of this video with my mouth open in shock. Cynthia Gallardo is so young, but her ability to deal with the trauma in her life with so much strength is really moving.

I think we all can benefit from listening to her story. Share this if you think so, too.

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This is the speech I’ve been waiting to hear.

Here’s the version I found on YouTube:

This is the original CBS version that doesn’t work on mobile, y’all:

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Paying your way through
college is so passé. What if you could play
your way through college?

Although the true power of this platform will be felt once it’s bigger, Grantoo could be the intersection of true advertiser-audience engagement. Since a minimum of 10% of the money won goes toward charities such as Mama Hope and The Hunger Project, winning at games actually translates to winning at life.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/why-pay-for-college-when-you-can-play-for-it

As someone who cares greatly about equal rights and equal treatment, I have a lot of empathy for people who struggle for those things. This video really helped me to feel a very small fraction of what many people must experience every day.

And then, 20 minutes later, it ended and I got to go back to my regular life, which doesn’t involve those struggles for me personally. But not everyone can do that, so I hope this video makes an impact on others the way it did on me.

Trigger warning: Violence and suicide depicted.

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Bad things happen when good people don’t go exercise one of the most important rights we have as citizens of the United States. So … I’ll be there. You?

And if you’d like to see the full image that the thumbnail came from, here it is:

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I think future generations will look back and say, “I wish they had listened to Russell Brand a lot sooner. He was really ahead of his time. Oh shoot, I’ve gotta go pick up my space nephew from rocket school.”

Read more: http://upworthy.com/only-russell-brand-can-make-a-67-minute-political-discussion-feel-like-a-5-minute-conversation

The thought of doctors screwing up is terrifying. I’m not here to deny that fact. But if a doctor makes a mistake, should they be shamed into silence, or should the culture of medicine be open enough that others can learn from that mistake and overall care can improve?

Want to hear those three bone-chilling words? He first says ’em at 7:29.

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Food for thought: Do you see many people of color in the video games you or your kids play? Yeah, me neither. Find out a couple of logistical reasons why it’s harder to create characters who aren’t white at 1:55 and 3:08. They’re definitely legitimate reasons, but they’re also not good enough reasons. Wondering why the heck this even matters? He’ll tell you at 4:53.

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It’s pretty appalling that stuff like this happens all the time here in the U.S. See if her story doesn’t make you shake your head.

The above clip is an excerpt from “The Dream is Now,” a film by Davis Guggenheim (Academy Award-winning director of “An Inconvenient Truth”). It shows us the inside story of those directly affected by a broken immigration system — the undocumented children of immigrants who yearn to contribute more to the country they call home. You can watch this short documentary below this text. I highly recommend it.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/she-got-good-grades-and-planned-to-be-a-doctor-so-the-us-government-took-the-next-logical-step

Humanity will probably have killed itself before the sun does, but maybe not? Space travel is humanity’s chance of surviving the sun’s inevitable death, so let’s start getting excited about it. Excited about space travel that is, not the sun killing everything on Earth. Give this video a watch and tell me you wouldn’t like to walk around on Mars someday.

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You may not think of religious communities as fashion-centric, but talking about identity and appearance with these Hasidic and Orthodox Jews is fascinating. Like many people, the way they look reflects what’s important to them and how they want to be seen.

Hear a beautiful idea about how looking “the same” helps you be an individual, at 4:00, followed by a pretty shocking story.

I especially loved the fashion show-and-tell at 5:30, a woman sharing the secrets of her hair at 6:20, and some really juicy insights into Jewish perspectives on feminism and sex — see if you’re surprised by what you hear at 13:50 and 14:25.

Read more: http://upworthy.com/everything-you-always-wanted-to-know-about-the-way-hasidic-jews-look-but-were-afraid-to-ask

So a very political-minded Chinese artist named Ai Weiwei made his own “Gangnam Style” video in which he kinda sorta hinted — with handcuffs — that the Chinese government wasn’t very nice to him. Like that time they arrested him. Boom, his video is gone.

So then his buddy, artist Anish Kapoor, organized a mega-music-video protest! Note the handcuffs and a brief glimpse of Weiwei himself in the opening seconds. Watch it, yell “Booyah!” at your screen, and then share it if you’re into freedom of expression. 

Read more: http://upworthy.com/mommy-why-does-the-chinese-government-hate-gangnam-style

Living abroad can be a tough situation to handle. Not only are you in a strange, new place, but you’re a world away from your loved ones. This son living in Japan decided to connect with his parents in the United States one night. He sent them a message, but he never expected what they sent back to him just minutes later.

From Japan, he sent this picture of the sunset to his parents…

And 20 minutes later, they sent him a picture of the sunrise from Florida.

No matter how far apart you are from the ones you love, remember that they are still living under the same sun as you. In fact, they may be looking at the very same sunset as you are, just from a different side. It’s profound when you realize that even though this world is a big place, you’re never that far from friends. This Telecom commercial summarizes it perfectly.

Source: Reddit If this touched you, please share it with others.

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There are over 100,000 kids in the U.S. foster care system who need families to care for them. If becoming a foster parent is something you’ve thought about doing, don’t let the fact that you’re not “perfect” hold you back — you might be perfect for someone who needs you.

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