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From left to right: LaToyia Figueroa, Natalee Holloway and Tamika Huston, all of whom went missing in 2004-2005.

A phenomenon known as "Missing White Woman Syndrome" has long plagued the media, referring to a tendency to sensationalize and disproportionately cover cases involving white women who are often also young, attractive, and middle-class.

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Image of a woman sitting on the couch with a thoughtful expression

When it comes to domestic abuse, victims are often faced with the same unhelpful and hurtful questions: why didn't you just leave? It's a form of victim-blaming that shifts the blame onto the wrong person, and it's incredibly damaging and harmful.

The truth is, leaving an abuser isn't as simple as it may seem.

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Image of an Afro-Latina woman holding a sign, referring to Junetheen, that says: "For my history. For my ancestors. For my community. For a better future."

In 2021 it became official: Juneteenth became a federal holiday meant to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved Africans after the American Civil War. The fact that it took as much time as it did to officially acknowledge the momentous occasion shows just how big a deal making Juneteenth a federal holiday actually is.

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