As 2016 comes to an end, many reflect on the biggest news reported by our mainstream media. Indeed, the year was filled with compelling stories, heartbreaking tragedies and political madness. This year will likely go down in history as the year that divided Americans. One of the headlines that created a divide was the Broch Turner case and the issues of sentencing by judges in regards to rape. Media covered the outrage of one side and the empathy of the other. Americans protested, lashed out on social media and called for Judge Perskey to be disciplined.
The media loves controversy and these stories draw attention and the media loves celebrities because they make great entertainment. Sadly, those who deserve the spotlight and can bring about hope or inspire others are seldom reported.
After a year of America divided, perhaps we can focus on these stories that may have gotten lost. The people who deserve the headlines and could possibly inspire us to come together, work together and help each other.
- TJ Smith, 11 years’ old —TJ saved a little girl from being kidnapped and raped by an abductor
- Carl-Fredrik Arndt and Peter Jonsson—Stopped Broch Turner during the rape and held him until police arrived
- Cristian Garcia, University of Florida football player—Saved teen from rape behind dumpster
- Unknown man, New York-–Police said a passerby saved a woman from a man who tried to undress and rape her
- Unknown man, Construction worker, Florida —Saved a pregnant woman from being raped
- Unknown Priest, California —Priest rescued a woman from being raped
To the heroes above; while your story may have not have been featured as much as it should, people everywhere will share your story. It is people like you that give hope to others. It is people like you that motivate others to do the right thing. It is people like you that indeed make a difference in our world, in our families, in our lives.
We thank you for your bravery and courage. You will be remembered as a hero of 2016.