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good evening, i'm joey chan. this is america tonight the weekend edillegals. >> lawmakers grabble with providing support for women, men have been coming forward with their experiences. the pentagon acknowledged that sexual assault against men in an interview is a problem. in an exclusive report they are more common than you think. america tonight's correspondent met a number of men and for the first time they are going public with their survival stories. some of the material in her report is graphic and
disturbing. >> along this river mike scott feels at peace. here. >> it's a place to reflect, a place to escape my anxious little world for 15 minutes or an hour. >> debilitating memories of his time in the military haunt more than a decade from the 82nd airborne decision of the united states army. mike never served in combat but has been fighting an internal war for years. >> you get better and crash back down. it's endless. another soldier assaulted him. he didn't report the dismept. he was too afraid to speak up.
>> i thought god would protect me, and he didn't. that's the toughest betrayal of all. i feel betrayed by the government and the military. >> there are nearly six-times more men than women in the military and female ails are more likely to be targeted. according to a 2012 department of defence survey approximately 14,000 active duty servicemen said they faced unwanted sexual contact in the last year compared to 12,000 women. this is the first time mike is speaking publicly about his assault, and sharing his medical records, showing he suffered night mares, flash backs, abuse and angry outbursts. the assault pushed him to the brink. i ended up binge drinking and ended up with my 22 rifle in my mouth, drunk.
the last time i was putting pressure on the trigger >> why do you think it took you that long to find a way to bring this out, and bring this up? >> i blame myself as well i felt i let down god, my country i felt that i was webbing and it was my fault. >> the hardest thing for me is getting out of the house. >> this man stayed silent for 15 years. >> six men raped me while i was in active duty. i was sodomized and penetrated. and i did not report my rape. career.
>> he came to the country from the philippines and enlisted in the marines. he was stationed in north carolina, when a group from his open plat on raped him. >> after i was raped i went back to my barracks and took a long shower. i was crying, bleeding and bleeding from behind. i didn't tell anybody, i reported back to work like nothing happened. i'm worried about being labelled as a homosexual. >> a 2012 defense department survey said 81% of male victims never reported their incident to a military authority. michael matthews and his wife, jerry lynn matthews are advocates trying to change that. michael was sexually assaulted in the air force when he was 19. they say the issue has been
overlooked by the military for too lopping. >> i'm ashamed we've talked to victims for the last 40 years, having hearings and nothing has been done. it's affecting the national defense of our country. >> it's an issue of human rights. it's not an issue of gender or sexuality. it's only because our armed forces is a system that needs to look at this. it's a blight. the two produced a documentary called "justice denied" to raise awareness about military drama. michael revealed his own experience. when i came to, i was being held down by two individuals. someone was pulling my pants down.
i was raped, sod omized. it's funny, i thought i was going to die. i thought they were going to kill me. >> before you entered the military, did you think you could become a victim of sexual assault. >> no, absolutely not. men are supposed to be strong, the protectors, not the ones getting raped. michael was mar yid for 20 years before telling his wife about the incident. >> i was relieved. i felt there was intimacy issues. i lisped and assured him we'd get through in. >> geri lynn helped michael when his mental illness overwhelming. >> you came in here. >> i sat in that car. >> you planned to kill yourself in the garage. >> yes, i got in the car and turned it on. a moment. sanity.
>> he stopped himself before the carbon monoxide took his life. he says he believes he's alive today because he has a higher purpose, to help people like javier and mike scott. >> the men marched together during the veteran's day parade. they carried a banner to raise awareness about male sexual military. >> this is a banner representing much. >> you haven't publicly come forward about. yes, difficult. up. >> stand up and shed light on one of the darkest parts of their lives. >> the pentagon reports almost 14,000 men said that they have been sexually abused or harass. as you saw survivors keep the
assault secret for decades, military leaders made strides in addressing the issue. specific programs for men are not available. in the second part of our exclusive report. we go inside the first veterans affairs medical center to open its doors to male survivors of sexual assault. >> beyond the calming waves off the coast of tampa florida is the first veterans facility addressing the issue of male sexual assault. >> if you can't work out what's going on in your own head it's hard to relate to someone else. >> the men and women here are all survivors of sexual trauma in the military. >> this is the first time a television crew has been given access to a here. >> some time, you know, the taxing. >> participants receive treatments individually and as a group.
>> they share the room with some dividers. >> in the year 2000, dr carol o'brien developed a 16-bed treatment facility. the program was only available to female sexual assault victims. >> what was your reaction when you heard men coming forward saying it was happening to them. >> i was surprised. i really wanted to hear more. >> in 2003, the facility opened its doors to men. what did you learn from the men that joined your program? >> we learnt that it takes a lot for a man to be willing to report the amount of shame or fear about the reaction of others is pretty profound. men are worried if they were sexually assaulted by another man and they are married. and they tell their wife, they'll think they are gay.
>> i nevered talked to anyone until i checked into the va. the day i checked in i broke down and cried. >> many of o'brien's patients deal with old wounds. he received weeks of therapy after waiting 50 years before assault. >> i was recluesive. i had been car nid -- married three times and was becoming a her mitt because i couldn't get my mind away from the event and the person. >> how difficult is it to treat someone coming forward so much later in life when someone tries to get through their life with a burden that they carry with ptsd and a history of sexual assault. that there's a colateral damage, things like failed marriages and relationships, substance abuse.
many service members blamed the macho culture of the military for preventing them from coming forward. mike scott says the culture exists today. >> there are a lot of people in the military who think it is good to have rapists in the ranks. to the have people without empathy, because they think that means it makes tough. >> mike says the military needs to under go dramatic changes to prevent future assaults. >> this is one of the only pictures. i threw almost everything away. now he is over going his own transformation with the help of services at the va. he knows the road is a challenge, but is prepared to make the journey. >> i'm learning to come out of
my shell and it will lead me to have a somewhat normal life. >> america tonight's laurie jane reporting. next - a medical breakthrough. one that could be critical to the future of many patients in their fight against cancer. >> an al jazeera america exclusive... former president jimmy carter reflects on the life and legacy of nelson mandela. >> that spirit of nelson mandela is embedded deeply in the heart and soul of the south africans... >> they worked side by side for freedom, now president carter talks about mandela's global impact. a revealing interview you won't see anywhere else. >> i've never heard him say, that he was grateful to the united states... >> talk to al jazeera with jimmy carter only on al jazeera america commanded a king's ransom, 62-year-old nick saban says, "i'm too darn old to start over", he did not adarn, he used
the other word. he agreed to a multi year extension remain the coach of crimson tide. >> not one day during the school year goes by where a navy pleeb doesn't hollar beat army, or a cadet, "beat navy." the two oldest dismiss meet for the 114th time. michael eaves has more. >> on paper this game doesn't figure to be much of a battle. 7 and 4 navy against a team posting three wins. the games are not played on paper. the long-standing rivalry is more than a contest. >> i'm phil torres coming up this week on techknow... for some soldiersknow... the war never ends.
watch as a battle once fought in a warzone, comes to life on a video screen. >> he was doused in deisel fuel and he was just in a lot of pain. >> can re-living trauma lead to a cure for ptsd? technow on al jazeera america >> this week the world health organization released new figures in the global war against cancer and the prognosis is not good. officials said there were over 14 million new cases last year, and cancer deaths have increased to more than 8 million. for hopeful cancer patients the fight to survive is never over. even in the darkest moment of the disease there are sometimes miraculous possibilities. now a revolutionary fight in leukaemia is becoming available. the
immune system is being modified with the h.i.v. virus to build a potent treatment. we have this report. >> for bob levis, an avid cyclist, getting on his bike is no small feat. the energying executive was facing the end of the road. >> at this point were you ready? >> i think in 2012 it's one of the few things i did do. i worked on the will. pretty dismal year. >> a decade earlier, based in sink -- singapore, a routine examination revealed he had a cancer of the blood. >> what was your reaction? >> shocked. leukaemia. when you hear that word, the first question is, "well, when am i going to die? >> at first chemotherapy helped. then the cancer came back with a vengeance. this time
a nastier strain. >> it was more aggressive, moves faster and i knew that. >> what went through your mind? >> oh, boy, here we go again. >> his immune system was in bad shape bob levis wore a mask to avoid infection. >> you wore one of these wherever you went? >> yes, outside the house any time. on here, over the years, bang. >> you were so worried about getting infected. >> any germs. i didn't want to get sick. >> by now he was getting blood transfusions every week. >> i am dying . i'm living on transfusions. forever. >> in january his time running out, bob levis decided on a hail mary, a new approach at the
university of pennsylvania. >> to be eligible, you have to have no hope. bob had about five pounds of him. >> dr carl june and a team of researchers at penn are treating leukemia in a revolutionary way, taking t-cells, white blood cells from the sickest patient and genetically engineering them to attack cancer. they infuse the t-cells with a form of the aides virus or h.i.v. that has been disabled so it cannot cause the disease. the newly engineered t-cells are transfused back into the patients blood. then the fighting begins. >> is there a war going on for your body here? >> yes, it's literally a war. the cells are - you know, you can see them under a microscope.
the t-cells are what are called serial killer cells, going from one tumor cell to the next and kill them. a few days after, bob could feel the war raging within. >> my fever got up to just above 104. i would be sweating the bed, my heart rate was the most amazing thing. it went up over 100 beats per minute and stayed there 24-7 for seven days. boom. >> that meant the new killer attacking. >> there's a good thing. >> with this therapy it's a good thing. it lasts for a week or two and when it goes away generally it means the leukaemia has been again and the immune system goes
back to wrest. >> the year before the team beat emily whitehead, the first child. she had days to weeks left. everything that had been tried did not work. the patients we treat are patients that have no other options for treatment >> this is it. >> this is it. >> dr steven grump a paediatric specialist took care of emily. at the time she came to us her leukaemia was out of control, chemotherapy. >> was she destined to die? >> there was no treatment option and for places like her, unfortunately they succumb to the disease. emily's blood as treated with the aids infusion. >> she was as sick as you can be without dying. she received marvellous air from the icu ducts, and was honestly at death's door.
>> she was on life support. multiple organs were failing. she was como toed. the family was told to gather in her relatives because she was not likely to survive. >> hor doctors fought to keep her alive in what they called the storm before the calm. on her seventh birthday emily woke from her coma. >> three weeks after the t-cells we did a test and there were no leukaemia cells, no canser anywhere in her. >> weeks after his treatment bob tested. >> there's no more leukaemia. >> was that astounding to you? >> it was very gratifies. >> bob and emily are not alone. in the penn trials 59 adults and children have been treated for end stage leukemia.
31 experienced complete remissions. of those six saw leukaemia return. encouraging. >> this is a different way of treating cancer. it's not a drug, it's energid cells, growing within the patient and attacking cells. >> is this a dream of researchers like you to develop a therapy living on in the body. >> i think that's the main attraction of cancer genes transfer therapy like this is the cells can live on for the rest of your life. >> the results are so promising that the swiss pharmaceutical giant will build a research center. it may fight other forms of deadly cancer. >> meanwhile emily whitehead returned to school, a smiling and healthy 8-year-old.
bob levis is pruning his plum trees and taking on consulting work, his cancer behind him. >> it's amazing. amazing that something can happen that quickly. a miracle, just a miracle. a year ago i thought i would die. i was preparing to die. now i'm planning forward again. enjoying friends and family. >> bob levis, like others in the penn trial, is back in the saddle, looking ahead to a healthier life and no longer staring at the end of the road. >> after the break on "america tonight" xs and triple x. window. >> permanent payback.
>> now on bad break-ups, entering the dark side. the impact can be worse when an x turns the tables on you. in the disturbing world of reven j porn the internet is a public library filled with private photos. we upcover the important. >> nude, pornographic and suddenly public. >> he had asked, you know, i would love to take pictures of you, you are so beautiful. >> annmarie chiarini of baltimore fulfilled her ex-boyfriend's fantasy, never imagining she'd be a victim of
reven j important. privy shared photos posted on public websites for payback. >> in 2010 after a nasty break-up an ex-boyfriend threatened to post a cd of 88 nude images on ebay. the title of the link was name of my college. english professor nude photo. he sent links, posted them on the facebook pages of my employer. i received an anonymous email at work that a profile was created of me, someone was pretending to be me and there were nude pictures. the important website of pamster. there was the first and last name, the college, the town where i lived and sollistation for s. >> when you found pictures of you were on the internet, did you become obsessed with googling your name, trying to
find out how often. >> i would go through the ritual google my name, facebook, facebook, email. every fear. what if my students see this or my colleagues. how many other people know about this. the main fear was how do i stop this, how do i get this down, how do i end this? >> her ex together the reven j further, mailing copies of the dvd containing 88 nude pictures to her boss, parents and her sons elementary school teacher. >> there was no way to stop it. so it was just that hopelessness, and that hopelessness, that idea - my thoughts were this was my - this is my life, this is never going to end, i need to end by life that.
>> after the - i found the profile i attempted suicide. i was home here, and i was taking pills and it was actually my dog who saved me. she barked and pawed at me. and my mum called. it was like, "my dog needs my, my mum needs me, i can't let go." ann-marie tried going to police, but detectives could not do anything because revenge porn was not illegal in her home state of maryland. dr daniel sitron at the university school of law researches reven j porn. what the victims are told is look, if it's reven j important, when you shared pictures with your ex, he owns it. sorry you trusted the person, but it's kind of your fault. or they are told if it's harassment, turn off your
computer. ignore it, it will go away. which is easy to say, but impossible for victims when prominent in a google search of their name are lies about them, privacy invasions, threats of violence, people lose their jobs and do not get jobs. >> dr sitron is working with lawmakers to detail laws making it a crime to post sexually explicit pictures of someone on consent. >> the statute to make it a felony, meaning serving gaol time of five jeers. maximum, up to $25,000 fine. it doesn't provide for the taking down of the photos, right. it's only covering the posters themselves, the perpetrators, not the site themselves.
>> with this law, a victim of revenge important may have images floating in cyber space. >> i think some women like it. some women love the attention. >> america tonight tracked down this woman who goes by the alias ariella alexander. she runs a website show casing private intimate photos posted without the subject authorisation. more than 1,000 women sent her images of people they say are their husband's mistresses on she's a home wrecker.com. from? >> the husband's cell phones. >> what kind much pictures do you get. phone. >> one last night i had to look and say why would - i don't care if you are married for 50 years, why sent this to your husband.
god forbid if it gets into someone's hand. >> ariella alexander uploads pictures and stories of cheating spouses between bringing her kids to school and running household errands. >> where do you draw the line at what type of pictures to put on your website. >> she's 22, 23, i'm probably not going to put her naked photos online. if she is 30, 40, 50, you know better. at that age you'll never see a nude photo. you can tell they are nude, but they are edited. >> you put sensor bar over. >> yes. >> the images on she's a home wrecker are not as revealing as some sites, but there is the full name and city. >> how can you be sure that what you post is accurate. >> i can't be sure of anything on the internet if it's true. >> do you believe you have a
website. >> yes, i'm following all the laws. as far as expecting privacy. you - your privacy goes out the window. it's no longer private. >> ann-marie says she tried everything. her ordeal went on for almost two years. i went to lawyers in 2010 to handle this civilly. the first one said, "you know, you should get better boyfriend, i won't take the case." the second i approached said, "it will be a $5,000 upfront retainer and could run from $10,000-$15,000." i'm a single mum of two, i work two jobs, i don't have 15. >> the english professor plans to lobby for the new laws, hoping to give other victims the justice they receive.
>> your ex never faces charges. >> nothing. >> he has the images. he could strike again? >> of course. >> how concerned are you that this could happen again? >> it's in the back of my head. there's a part of me that thinks bring it on, dare you. the internet is a wonderful tool and a wonderful weapon. unfortunately too many people have chosen to use it as a weapon. my ex. his words were i will destroy you. he chose the internet as his weapon. he was far from successful. >> correspondent adam may reporting to us. >> turning to afghanistan where the fledgeling justice system is a work in progress. it's overwhelmed by allegations of corruption. it doesn't have enough judges. there is one. an american woman lawyer who left her family to practice law
in kabul and secure the rights of afghans. >> when defense attorney kimberley motley arrived in long. >> i came to train and mentor afghan defense attorneys. what i found is that as much as i was training and mentoring them, they were training and mentoring me more. she is a regular fixture in kabul. outspoken and uncovered. she speaks for those, including those at a prison where dozens of inmates are hoping for jz. >> motley stops at the gaol every chance she gets to check on the inmates and see if anyone needs a lawyer. does your iranian embassy know that you are here? how long
have you been here? four months. >> irene from uganda has been here more than four years, convicted of drug trafficking. she should be free because sentences have been reduced. motley is trying to help. >> with this decree they forgive - hamid karzai signs the decree and forgives sentences for people for a crime. >> most of the women were sentenced without seeing a lawyer and most are illiterate. >> it is important for her to come and help those ones not supposed to be here. >> without motley, most would not know what to do. >> human rights watch estimates almost all the young girls and half are here because of crimes. >> are you here for running away or running away and adultery. >> the afghan war on elimination
on violence prohibits publishing victims, thousands of girls are forced into marriages and abuse against women is common. motley says rape victims are criminalized in afghanistan. >> take a female client of motley. she became pregnant as a result of rape. when she reported it to police, she arrested her. motley got her out by securing a presidential pardon. she married her rapist to ensure her daughter has a future. she appears to be happy. >> another one of the motley's high-profile cases involves teenager who was sold into marriage at the age of 13. her new in-laws tortured and beat her, pulling out her fingernails and burnt her hair and body because she refused to be a prostitute. motley helped her appeal to the supreme court, and won.
motley went to see her client in a shelter that is her home. >> i wanted to talk to you about the decision from court. it says mother-in-law and father-in-law should be rearrested and go prison for five years >> the victory is ware. talking about sex is taboo. no one wants to admit that it is going on. >> she needs to know she's the only female in afghanistan ever that has ever appealed a case and told the court that she wants people to be punished independently. that is important. >> after arriving five years ago motley realised she could have an impact. motley spends a lot of time here, the kabul attorney-general's office, where cases are filed and running up. afghanistan's justice system is
not computerized. a big challenge is finding case files. motley describes it has plays where's waldo. when we went with her the attorney-general's office didn't want the office filled. >> you guys wrote a letter saying that he should be released. we are trying to figure out where the letter is. >> does this happen a lot? >> yes. >> you need to know where it goes. >> african lawyers say corruption is a problem in the justice system. some judges demand payoff. motley says the only way to deal with that is work ethically - no bribes or payment to get documents signed. i don't engage in corruption. every victory i had is an
ethical legal victory. >> her days involve running around. her car is her office. as she spends her days chasing down case files shuttling between prison and court. >> you came from the attorney-general's office. >> i gave them the supreme court decision, they did not have this. we wrote a draft ipp dietment to make their job easier. >> seems like you are doing a lot of their work. >> yes, because if i don't do it, it doesn't necessarily get down the way it should. >> motley had a number of successors. the most recent securing the south african who served his drug sentences, but was in gaol because he couldn't afford the $20,000 fine. >> it's a huge learning experience. i'm still learning. it's a place where unwritten procedure trumps written law. that's something that is
interesting to learn, but the lawyers, it is frustrating. >> motley says she'll work in afghanistan, but also wants to practice in other countries, to apply what she has learnt here. >> it's easy to look at afghan league at system and be pessimistic. the fact that myself as a non-african, was an american woman, here in afghanistan, being able to work in the legal system is a step forward. >> ahead on america tonight. plenty of fish in the sea. taking the bait and drawing crowds on the california coast.
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>> around the holidays we are used to seeing feeding friendsies at the mall, but what about on the high sees. we are going whale watching where a huge migration of marine life is causing the speck tackal for tourists in california. it's a mystery for scientists. we have american and signs technology expert jacob war board. >> any whales out there? >> starting to see a few. >> michael spent the last 25 years here on the clear blue waters of manta ray bay, a 2 hour drive south of san francisco. he started as a surfer and fisherman and runs a small whale watching company. >> he knows the wheels in the base he can pick them out by
their tales. >> we know these individual whales. if we see it pop up here, it has a distinctive hunch. humpback. >> he has a few whales to keep track of. there are as many as 20 in the bay. biologists estimate there are 10 times that many, over 200. >> they have come here to feed on an explosion of anchovies. >> there's an unusual bloom of anchovies. they are having a last feet before going to the breeding grounds. they are tanking up before they go to mexico to romans. >> that's correct, romans and give birth. >> where there are this many whales there are whale watchers. >> they have a lot of locals and we get a lot of folks from germany, the netherlands, france, spain.
>> this is a unique environment in the world. >> exactly right. >> california whale watching generates $20 million a year according to a u.c.l.a. study, part of a $2 billion industry. with this year's season running longer than usual, the figure will be higher. >> we take 30-35 people we are day. that's been going on pretty much since about june. >> wow. 30 to 35 people a day. >> sometimes more. >> it's not just tourists following the whales. packs of sea lions, dolphins and pelicans scramble in their wake. it's a frenzy of fins and flippers. suddenly the water goes still. bonnie brown, a biologist explains why. >> i noticed that the sea life goes crazy and disappears. what is happening there? >> what is happening is see lions and the whales dive down,
working together to gather the anchovies here currently, they pop up arrangement the same time pushing the groups of anchovies to the service, cornering them. >> how many can a whale ate? >> a couple v tonnes of anchovies or food in certainly. >> a couple of tonnes a day. >> yes. >> yet they haven't depleted the supply. a few months ago there were so many anchovies, they exhausted all the oxygen and dived. why the huge number? this research biologist at uc santa cruz says scientists are not sure why there are to many here this year, but says it could have something to do with the predator, the giant squid. >> they disappeared.
maybe we are seeing the lag aftereffect of the removal of this predator. >> there are more humpback whales. their population is at record highs. in the 1960s it was a different story. they were near extinction. the whaling commission banned hunting them. there was 1400 left. today there are over 21,000. >> 25 years ago in the monta ray bay it would have been unusual to see a humpback whale. no matter what time of year. there so many hump backs that in august a group of fishermen petitioned to take them off the endangered list. concern. >> it's great for the app malls feeding on fish.
what is a harder question is is this the canary coal mine. >> he says climate change could be affecting the eco system, causing shifts in mighta tory pattern. the giant squid came to the bay and disappeared. they may have been driven by changing water temperatures. >> global warming didn't transport squid, but they may have shifted the environment. if the waters warmed it could system. >> it's a pathway leading to an ocean that a warmer all over. >> the end point of that model is a collapse in productivity in the long term. >> back out on the bay, captain sack knows what is at stake. >> look at the whale blueprints. >> after 25 years, he rev else in the beauty of the
here. >> you need to be out with the two of you and you are still saying wow. >> we live for this. i love it every time i see it. a humpback whale. it's amazing. it gives you a good idea for how magnificent and elegant the animals are. >> that report from our science and technology correspondent. coming up here in the final segment - a meal that is truly worth our weight. >> dishing out goodies and a good cause. building community. i'm going to pay the last respect for my president. >> he was a global symbol of hope, courage and freedom. >> the world thanks you for sharing nelson mandela with us. >> today was declared a day of reflection and prayer. >> now al jazeera america commemorates nelson mandela from the people who knew him.
>> i think all of those people who were inside that stadium were very lucky to be there. >> an emotional look at the life and legacy of nelson mandela. >> only on al jazeera america. the anger all one sided? i hear rumblings from the people who cover the heat that the heat are not in love with players in the payer side, there is real hate here. >> there better be. they can really mess it up for them. when they dislike there, yeah, i think there is dislike but they've got the bravado. they got their chests out. it's still their game. but that's where the home court advantage is important, this game is important because miami used game seven to advance to the championship. they don't get one tonight, i mean, they don't get one in the end, that game seven here in indianapolis could be a problem. while you were asleep news was happening.
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>> put whatever you feel is necessary in the envelope, seal it up, write a comment and stick it in the box over there. >> if you think about it, restaurants can be a system. if you don't have enough money to eat at a restaurant, you don't walk in. in community cafes everyone is welcome regardfuls their means. >> enjoy it. >> my name is denise soretta i'm the founder of one world everybody eats nonprofit and i started the pay what you can community cafe in salt lake city utah in 2003. people got it right off. a lot of people paid for their meal, others would pay for their meal and pay more. others paid a little less. >> i've worked at worth our weight for two years. sometimes people leave small
donations even no, and there are people that come here and get tonnes of money because they love us. >> i think a lot of people that come to a cafe and overpay, they want to do something special for the community. they want to pay it forward. a couple contacted me one day and wanted to replicate that they called same cafe in denver. others wanted to replicate the concept. there are 35 cafes and what we call our family that are doing the pay what you can concept. there are a number of seniors on fixed incomes, and they come - a lot of people on fixed incomes can't afford to pay to eat out, but they love the food. if we make it a donation based we don't lose anything. >> most are drawn in a population that you would think don't need help.
it's the middle class, the single parent, the student. when we talk about food insecurity it doesn't mean someone is on the street. it means maybe they have a $2 lunch budget instead of $15. there's ups and downs. there's little money, sometimes there's no money. sometimes we feel taken advantage of. >> some of the community cafes have failed. normally it's not enough community involvement, starting on a whim. most of the community cafes that are successful have the right ingredients, good food, service and have a passionate visionary and gather a team around them that care about the concept. >> i run a program called worth our weight. it's a culinary program for teens at rick. the purpose is to teach them
environment. >> those look agreement. i'm glad we have so much chocolate. the kids do everything here. they are trained to greet people, cook on the line, and do all the back-ups. they wash the dishes, put them away. slice the fruit, serve the tables. they do everything. the kids that come to the program come from all sorts of backgrounds. we look for kids aging out of foster care, kids on probation or had been on probation. for the last five years we had about 100 kids coming through the program. the kids that graduate, we guarantee them a job in the industry. i think donation-based restaurants are a beautiful thing. a lot of the food world is elitist and precious, and when
you get down to it. it's food. it's just food. i like it. i like it for us especially because we are part of a neighbourhood, a community, and it works out in that way. out. >> that is a great taste. that is it for us here on "america tonight", if you would like to comment on any stories, log on to the website. there you can meet our team. getpreviews of other stories and tell us what you'd like to see in our nightly current affairs program. join the conversation at twitter or facebook. goodnight. thanks for being with us. we'll have more of "america tonight" tomorrow.