Elder Abuse Awareness


“Age is whatever you think it is. You are as old as you think you are” ~  Muhammad Ali

Learn the signs and break the silence

elderElder abuse is any action or inaction by self or others that old-lady-driving-smiley-emoticonjeopardises the health or well-being of any older adult.

Elder abuse can take several forms including financial, emotional, physical, sexual, neglect and medication. Often more than one type of abuse occurs at the same time. The two most frequently identified and reported types of elder abuse in Canada are financial and emotional.

Coordinated Community Response Grant Program

3D_14_iconThe Taking Action Against Elder Abuse Coordinated Community Response Grant Program is a 3-year initiative aimed at supporting the development or enhancement of coordinated community response models.

Stop financial abuse

angry-old-man-smiley-emoticonFinancial abuse is one of the most frequently reported forms of elder abuse in Alberta. To help you learn the signs of financial abuse, how to protect yourself from it, and what steps you can take if you or someone you know is experiencing financial abuse, a PowerPoint presentation is available for you to download to share with others.

Help for victims of crime

The Criminal Code of Canada sets out a variety of criminal offences that can occur in the old-person-helped-to-walk-smiley-emoticoncontext of elder abuse. These include offences such as physical or sexual assault; offences against the rights of property, such as property theft, forgery and extortion; and other offences such as breach of trust and fraud. While no one ever expects to be a victim of crime, it is important to know there is help available to you.

If you have been a victim of crime, your first step is to call the police. They will investigate the crime and refer you to the Victim Services Unit for assistance. Victim Services Units Police-police-officer-uniform-smiley-emoticon-001085-facebookare staffed with trained, caring people who offer information, assistance and support to victims during the police investigation and throughout the criminal justice process.

  • For more information contact your local police, or
  • Call 780-427-3460 (toll-free by first dialing 310-0000), or
  • Visit the Victim Services Unit website at www.victims.alberta.ca

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Ontario Taking Action to Protect Young Workers


News Release May 27, 2016

“Our youth are our future, and as such, we must ensure that we do our utmost to protect them. We need to do what we can to make sure that young workers are treated fairly at work, and are able to come home safe and sound to their families after their shifts.”
 ~ Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour

smileys-cz-199ce3229963df59c4d5e5a480ad6f02a3As young people across Ontario start looking for summer jobs, Ontario is launching several initiatives to protect young workers in seasonal, part-time or temporary employment.

Workers that are new to their job, including young workers, are three times more likely to be injured in the first month than at any time. They are also at greater risk of having their employment standards rights violated, such as those involving unpaid wages or hours of work.

The Ministry of Labour’s initiatives include:

  • Launching two province-wide inspection blitzes on health and safety and employment standards, focusing on protecting young workers throughout the summer
  • Promoting “It’s Your Job,” a province-wide online video contest encouraging youngfood-cashier-smiley-emoticon workers to speak out about their workplace rights
  • Supporting “Bring Safety Home,” a Workplace Safety & Prevention Services campaign targeting parents and other networks of young people
  • Supporting the creation of #safeforlife, a youth-driven digital media campaign by Parachute Canada

Protecting young workers is part of the government’s continued commitment to prevent workplace injuries and illness through its Safe At Work Ontario enforcement initiative.


  • Every year, more than 6,000 young workers across Ontario are injured seriously enough to need time off work; that’s equivalent to nearly 17 Ontario youth a day.
  • There were 17 young worker fatalities (15 to 24 years old) from 2010 to 2015.791809283
  • Ontario is one of only a few places in the world to require occupational health and safety education in schools. It is part of the curriculum from kindergarten to Grade 12.
  • The Ministry of Labour has conducted a new and young worker health and safety blitz annually for the past eight years. This year’s blitz will be the ninth.


Helping to Protect Young Workers


How to protect young workers on the job and ensure they are treated fair.


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Love My Haters Prayer

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I love my haters, I send kisses of mercy to all my haters. I bless those who’ve have to curse meI forgive those who’ve wronged me. I ask for forgiveness to those whom I may have wrongedTo those who’ve rejected my gifts I declare the abundance of gifts to you.

To My Enemies who are really My Friends but don’t know it Yet.

I am going to be so outrageously and contagiously blessed that we are going to be blessed as well! Thank you!
I release the revelation of God’s securing love upon those who are jealous of or intimidated by me. I speak long life to my enemies that they live long enough to see me fulfill my God-ordained destiny.
To all those who’ve put time in to destructively criticize me and ruin my reputation, I say thank you thank you and thank you again for the free advertisement.
To those who thought I was perfect, well, sorry to disappoint you, but you’re not either. I pledge to not hold you to a standard that I can’t live myself.
For all the hard labor, covert press releases, and tireless hours of deformation of character; I say God’s blessings of purity, prosperity, and longevity be yours.
To those who are loquacious and pretentious towards me, you get the credit for driving me to the Lord.
I will exceed the opinions and expectations of others including my own, because my expectations now, are of Him, not them. I choose to walk in love with the unloving. I choose to surpass the past. I am determined to not allow the devil, myself, or anyone else, to hold me hostage to my past.

For all those who’ve prophe-lied concerning me. May God bless you to get it right the next time; because what you meant for my evil, God designed for my good! I release this with the love God gave to me in Yeshua’s name and Yeshua’s authority! Amen….and the winner is LOVE! Apostle Love My Haters

Courtesy of Pure Glory originally posted Oct 06, 2013

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Aiken teens make anti-bullying film



Over the past four months, more than 60 teen and adult actors and technical assistants from the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing, Mead Hall Episcopal School and Aiken residents have volunteered to make a bullying and suicide-prevention short film titled “Intercepted,” which was released on YouTube in January.

Producer and director Sarah Massey said she would like everyone in Aiken to help stop bullying by viewing “Intercepted” on YouTube and sharing it on Facebook and other social media sites.

“I wanted to make a film that could touch people’s lives,” Massey said. “By making this film, I want to take part in the movement to bring an end to bullying and to inspire others to bring hope and life to victims of bullying through simple acts of kindness and friendship. We have the potential of making this film go viral, which will make an enormous impact on bullying and suicide-prevention efforts throughout our community, nation and world.”

“Intercepted” was filmed at eight Aiken locations and will be entered into 2015 national film competitions.

okIt tells the story of a bullied teen named Jason who struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts until a simple act of kindness turns his life around forever. Through the encouragement of a newfound friend, Jason rises to become a popular leader at school and the valedictorian. He uses his graduation speech to tell his story, inspiring everyone with the power of kindness that saved his life.

After viewing “Intercepted,” Aiken resident Betty Ryberg wrote, “… I am moved that these students created this very worthwhile film … When adults are asked about a very difficult time in their youth, they often credit a coach, teacher, neighbor, classmate with a simple gesture that pulled them through. Never underestimating the positive influence you can have on an adolescent is a wonderful approach to community living. If parents instill kindness in children, those same children will become natural helpers for the rest of their lives. Think of the agony that can be spared by simple acts of kindness.”

Jim Anderson, the former director of the Aiken Community Playhouse Youth Wing said, “This short film is critical for people in our community to see on two primary levels. First and foremost, bullying and teen suicide continue to be a scourge on our youth, and we must continue to raise awareness and shine a bright light on this dark and tragic problem we face as a society and as an Aiken community. … Second, the fact that youth in our community have taken the initiative to tackle this subject matter through one of the most powerful influencers of our time, film and media, is an incredible validation of the need to support the development of theater, performing and film arts in our community.”

Mead Hall Episcopal School’s Middle/Upper School Director Joanne Morton said, “Mead Hall was pleased to participate with Sarah Massey in this excellent project. ‘Intercepted’ provides a positive message of kindness that students can apply at school.”

“Intercepted” can be seen on YouTube at http://bit.ly/1A3bAcH.

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Parents Say Bullying Drove Daughter To Suicide


A middle school student in Bardstown took her own life just days before Christmas and her family says it happened because she was being bullied at school.


Reagan was a normal 7th grader who loved Starbucks, taking selfies and traveling. However her parents, Bill and Melanie Hack, say that their bubbly daughter had reached a breaking point with a group of female bullies at her middle school. With a bottle of pills, the Hacks say their daughter attempted to numb the pain.

Regan collapsed and died a few days later.

Now the living room in the family’s home is stuck in time, Christmas morning. Nothing in the home has been touched and the presents have not been opened.

Sad-sulk-sad-unhappy-smiley-emoticon-000474-facebookHindsight in situations like these is always 20/20. The Hacks say they believe they could have done more to help their daughter but they say the school should have done more too.

Melanie says she visited the school three times this semester to take up the issue with the school’s principal, but the threats and name calling continued. Regan’s home wasn’t even a safe haven for the 12-year-old because the bullying was also bad on social media.

But now the Hacks, and families of kids in similar situations, have rallied around the memory of Regan vowing to spread a message.

“My daughter doesn’t have a voice anymore, but this community is gonna make sure she does. And I’m damn sure gonna make sure she does,” says Bill Hacks.

If there’s anything positive to come out of Regan’s tragedy, Bill and Melanie say their daughter was an organ donor.

Watch the video and learn more here – Posted: Jan 01, 2015


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Teen dies after classroom ‘bullying stunt’ goes wrong as teacher looks on


In a cruel prank caught on camera, pupils wrapped Sergei Casper in cling film so he couldn’t move, causing him to fall over and suffocate

Prank: Sergei was wrapped up so tightly he could not move
Prank: Sergei was wrapped up so tightly he could not move
A teenager has died after a prank by school bullies went wrong – in full view of the pupils’ teacher.

Sergei Casper, 17, was the subject of a stunt that involved wrapping him in cling film so he couldn’t move his arms and legs, and putting him feet-first into a toilet.

His classmates then took him back to his classroom in the Russian capital Moscow where his teacher was sitting.

But, still unable to move, Sergei lost his balance and fell towards the teacher’s desk, hitting his throat on the table.

Having hit and crushed his oesophagus, he then lay on the floor suffocating as his classmates laughed in the background.

By the time they realised he was seriously injured, he was already in a critical condition and despite an ambulance being called, he later died.

sadPolice are now investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, amid claims that Sergei had been a happy and popular student until he joined Polytechnic College Number 8.

It has been claimed classmates started bullying him because of his love of the arts.

One of his friends, named Alexander, told local media: “He was a good guy, he never did anything bad to anyone and he was my friend. But the others just picked on him all the time.”

Speaking about the prank, he added: “They seemed to think it was hilarious, and then they decided to take their prize back to the classroom where although the teacher was sitting at her desk, she did absolutely nothing to help him.”

The school has denied they were aware of a bullying problem, but also added that those involved in the bullying had been expelled.

One student who took part in the stunt said it was simply a joke that had gone tragically wrong.

But Sergei’s parents have demanded to know why the teacher who was in the classroom did nothing, and quote school friends who say that the bullying had gone on for months with nobody taking action.

Police are continuing their investigation.

Watch the video here – Dec 30, 2014 13:04 By Jessica Best


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Anti-bullying Week: Ex-Pride director and LGBT champion on not being a bystander


Ex-director of Manchester Pride, champion of Village businesses and all-round LGBT hero Jackie Crozier writes on the importance of not being a bystander to crime.

6583634309939200I’ve spent a lot of my career trying to fight prejudice and stereotypes – and promote equality – particularly among LGBT communities.

When I was Chair of Manchester’s Village Business Association, I pushed for a new art project to inject life and pride back into ‘Our Village’.

One reason behind the street art scheme was to demonstrate to passers-by that we are proud of who we are and our history. We also wanted to show that we stand up for ourselves, together, through thick and thin.

As Manchester Pride’s Festival Director I was privileged to lead celebrations of LGBT lifestyle and culture in Manchester and, together with our staff, supporters, volunteers, patrons and partners, raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for LGBT community groups and charities in the process.smiley-face-thumbs-up

Despite no longer holding either of those posts I know that I can still help make a difference. I know that we all have a duty and a responsibility to make the world a better place – no matter what we do. That’s why we all need to step up and make a difference.

This Anti-Bullying Week 2014, I’ve been particularly struck by one campaign in particular from lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity Stonewall.

Stonewall’s #NoBystanders campaign is simple, hard-hitting and inclusive of all and any group who may suffer bullying and prejudice. Its campaign video shows children hearing hateful language from a young age, and demonstrates the way it can progress into adulthood.


And what does #NoBystanders ask of its audience? Pledge to not be a bystander – and stand up for those around you who are being bullied or abused for being who they are.

Sounds pretty simple, I think?

Then do it. Be a role model. Don’t be a bystander. If you hear it, or see it, then stop it. I know I will.32128-Clipart-Illustration-Of-An-Expressive-Yellow-Smiley-Face-Emoticon-With-Hearts-Admiring-His-Crush

And I know that, as a city that looks after its own, that you’ll do it too, Manchester.

No Bystanders is gay rights charity Stonewall’s campaign to tackle bullying and abuse in the LGBT community. It takes place during Anti-Bullying Week from November 17-21.

For more on this story20 Nov 2014 – 09:24AM | By Jackie Crozier


Anti-bullying Week 2014



Monday 17 November marks the start of Anti-bullying Week 2014, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

This year’s focus is to Stop bullying for ALL children and young people – including disabled children and those with special educational needs, children who are significantly more likely to experience bullying in schools and the wider community.

Further information and support from the CPSU


Visit the Anti-bullying Alliance website for further information on Anti-bullying Week and details of how to get involved.


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Would You Rather Have a Gay Child or a Dead Child?


10440845_519948914778088_1449047953001362499_n-300x199I am sorry if the title of this post shocks you, or strikes you as harsh or over-dramatic. But honestly, parents don’t realize what they’re asking of their LGBTQ kids. And they don’t realize what their rejection is doing to them.

This is not about inclusion. This is a matter of life and death.

By making their children stick to their own expectations and standards for them — whether they really think their gay child is going to hell or honestly are just ashamed of them — parents are asking their kids to change something inherent, something that son or daughter can’t change. No matter how much they pray or plead. It’s just not happening.
And the message that sends is absolutely devastating. It tells our kids (young, teens or adults) that they are broken, not okay, for whatever reason.

It’s plain wrong. And it can be tragic.

The suicide statistics for LGBTQ youth is alarming — 40% of gay youth contemplate suicide, 50% of transgender youth – 4 to 5 times the rate for their straight peers. And gay youth who come from highly rejecting families are 8.4 times as likely to have attempted suicide as gay peers who reported no or low levels of family rejection.
I have been in dialogue with a close friend about my support and affirmation of gays, and I am heartsick. We are going to meet for coffee, to see if we can find any common ground. She follows Jesus too, so that should be our common ground. But people get disjointed about this, bent out of shape, worked up.
She has already expressed her deep disapproval in me. I am simply loving without condition, which my main job in life (and it’s hers, too!). To even think about meeting with her makes me queasy, but I must speak up for those who deserve to be spoken for.
Just imagine the one who IS gay. How do they feel? Having to discuss this with a family member who doesn’t approve, and other family members, and friends, and church, and society. No wonder this is so hard to walk through. No wonder they feel so alone, because they essentially are so alone.
Family… we are supposed to love and support each other no matter what. If our own family won’t do that, how does that impact our confidence that anyone else can?
Imagine the depth of the shame of a child rejected, condemned, shunned by parents. Or the shame that comes from parents who just “tolerate” their gay child, but the child clearly knows the parents are disgusted by who they are.
And imagine a parent conveying the message that God too is ashamed and disgusted?
Shame is not a good motivator, it’s a horrible motivator that can destroy a person’s heart and spirit. Shame only makes a person feel fundamentally defective, and no one has the right to do that to someone else.

EVERYONE deserves to be treated as a human being. Even people you might disagree with.

I know this can be hard. Please don’t go through it alone. Seek out people to talk to – people who will support and encourage you – people who will affirm, accept and love your gay child, and you too.
I have a secret private Moms group on social media, Rob has a secret private Dads group — email us about those. There are support groups and affirming churches you might consider while you are on this journey.
I am so proud of you for reading this. It may be the first step in making the decision to err on the side of love, to affirm your child. You may have saved their life.
I promise you that it does get better. The answers will come. Just take the next step, and find someone to take it with you.
I am here if you need me.
We know of way too many families who kicked out, condemned, rejected, shunned and shamed their gay child – in Jesus name, claiming they were speaking for God – and who lost their child to suicide or drug abuse.

Please. Don’t. Just don’t. Don’t drive your child over the edge.

Every one of us would regret that for every single day of the rest of our lives.
Breathe. Love them for who they are. Err on the side of love. Trust God with all the rest.
It’s what they deserve because they are human – and because they are your precious child. No matter what.

Just love. Please.

October 28, 2014 by Susan Cottrell
Courtesy of Patheos – Hosting the conversation on faith.


ABCs of Children’s Mental Health: Bullying and LGBT Kids


How can families, schools, and communities prevent and protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth from being bullied?

Kosciw and colleagues surveyed students 13 to 21 years of age throughout the United States. Of the 7,261 students who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender or who were questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ): 85 percent reported being verbally harassed in the last year; 47 percent had been shoved; 22 percent had been punched, kicked or injured with a weapon at school; 68 percent had been sexually harassed at school with unwanted touching or sexual remarks; 88 percent had felt deliberately excluded or left out by other students; 84 percent had rumors or lies told about them; and half reported their property had been stolen or purposefully damaged by other students.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, the third leading cause of death for youth 15 to 24 years old is suicide and gay, lesbian, and bisexual youth are 4 times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

In one study, LGBT youth identified bullying problems as the second most important problem in their lives, after non-accepting families, compared to non-LGBT youth identifying classes, exams, and grades.

Kerry Kennedy stated, “Bullying is, at its core, a human rights violation. It is the abuse of the powerless at the hands of the powerful, and it is a threat against the right to receive an education free from persecution.” Visit http://www.stompoutbullying.org

In the 1970s, The American Psychiatric Association and the American Psychological Association stated that homosexuality is not a disorder; sexual orientation is not a person’s individual choice; and mental health professionals cannot change the sexual orientation of their clients.

What can Schools do?

The 2011 National School Climate survey recommends that Gay Straight Alliances (GSAs) be ongoing in schools. Students who attended schools with GSAs reported fewer harassing remarks about sexual orientation, more intervention from school personnel and a greater sense of connectedness.
LGBT Students who reported having six or more supportive staff had higher GPAs. Principals, teachers, and other school staff can be advocates of safe schools for all students.
Schools can create comprehensive anti-bullying/harassment policies that include LGBT students.

LGBTQ Resources

The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and its Greater Cincinnati, Greater Dayton and Northeast Ohio chapters gave middle and high schools a Safe Space Kit as part of a campaign to build support for vulnerable students and reduce anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) name-calling, bullying and harassment in their school. Visit http://www.glsen.org.

The Trevor Project, created after the short film called Trevor, is a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24. Visit http://www.thetrevorproject.org/.

It Gets Better Project‘s was created after several LGB students committed suicide after being bullied in school. It has inspired 50,000 user-created videos viewed more than 50 million times. Visit http://www.itgetsbetter.org/.

According to Buckeye Region Anti Violence Organization (BRAVO)

“homophobia is the irrational fear or hatred of Gay and Lesbian people. It can be the cause of conflicts in neighborhoods, workplaces, and homes.”

Visit http://www.bravo-ohio.org.

The Community Relations Service of the Department of Justice helps communities develop strategies to prevent and respond to violent hate crimes committed on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion or disability. Visit http://www.justice.gov.

Please see a child therapist if your LGBT adolescent is showing signs of depression, anxiety, or making comments about suicide. Ask your pediatrician for a referral.

Melissa Martin, Ph.D., is a child therapist in Jackson, Ohio – Posted: Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Internet is ‘lawless jungle too dangerous for children to use’, former government adviser warns

The internet is a “lawless jungle that will soon be too dangerous for children to use”, a former government adviser has warned.

In an interview with The Independent to mark the first in a week-long series of articles about the role of the internet in the lives of children and young people, Anthony Smythe, the managing director of BeatBullying, says current law is “not fit for purpose”.

Mr Smythe, who was a senior policy adviser at the Department for Education, says the lack of regulation online is putting vulnerable children at risk of self-harm and even suicide.

Following a series of high-profile cases of teenagers taking their own lives, The Independent is calling for tougher legislation to make the internet a safer environment for young people. The series calls on the Government to introduce a legal definition of bullying, to make it easier to prosecute people suspected of grooming children online, and to change internet security filters to require that people opt out rather than opt in.


“For many years the Government has failed to stand up to the industry. We’ve hit a point now where we need to introduce legislation if children are going to be safe online,” said Mr Smythe, who specialised in child safeguarding before taking over as managing director of the charity BeatBullying last year. “I can’t think of any other environment where there are no laws to protect [young people].”

Cyberbullying affects one in three young people, with one in 13 “so consistently” bullied that it leads to anxiety, self-harm or suicide. BeatBullying carried out research in 2008 into suicide among 10- to 14- year-olds in the UK that found that “44 per cent of suicides were linked to bullying”.

“Back then [young people] weren’t using technology in the same way we’re using it today,” Smythe said. “[BeatBullying research] predated social networking sites. If we did the research now the percentage would be a lot higher. That percentage will only increase as we see more and more bullying and that’s largely down to the internet.”

He said bullying had become inescapable for the children who were targeted. “They are being bullied on the way home by text and instant messenger, at home on their computer. It gives the target of the bullying no respite, no time off; if you are being bullied 24/7, if you’re a target every minute and hour of your life and you feel there is nowhere to go. That is why we’re seeing these tragic cases. That is why we are seeing more self-harm and suicide.”

BeatBullying, which represents the victims, says the government needs to review current legislation. The Communications Act and the Protection from Harassment Act, both of which could theoretically be used, are rarely if ever implemented in cases of cyberbullying. “The problem with the current law is that bullying is not defined, therefore it goes unused when dealing with bullying,” Mr Smythe said. “A law which, for the first time, legally defined bullying would help address this, and would help young people understand that bullying behaviour can lead to legal sanctions.”

Current laws also have high thresholds before they are triggered. He believes the definition from the Crimes Amendment (Bullying) Act 2011 applied in Victoria, Australia would be a useful reference in the UK: “A [young] person would be charged if found acting in any other way that could reasonably be expected to cause physical or mental harm to the second person, including self-harm; or to arouse apprehension or fear in the second person for his or her own safety or that of any other person.” continue reading…


End Gay Bullying

nobullying_logoV02End-Gay-Bullying-642x336Gay bullying is particularly difficult to address because kids are searching for their identity in adolescence. Bullying based on sexual orientation can be particularly damaging. Yet these students get bullied at a higher rate than their heterosexual peers.The types of bullying lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students suffer are varied and some types are more common:

The places in which gay bullying take place also are varied, but the bulk take place common areas:

  • 39 percent in locker rooms
  • 38.8 percent in bathrooms
  • 32.5 percent in gym class.

This type of harassment typically involves witnesses, as they are carried within school grounds. Yet witnesses do not come forward. Further student education may change that, but the situation also requires greater vigilance from teachers, coaches, administrators and support staff.

As with any type of bullying, the damage of gay bullying goes beyond emotional and spills out onto academics.

Gay bullying affects victims’ school attendance:

  • 29.8 percent reported skipping a class at least once
  • 31.8 percent missed a day of school in the past month due to safety fears

Missed days and emotional distress affects these students’ grades. Students who reported being harassed due to their sexual orientation had a lower grade point average, 2.9, than their lesser harassed peers with an average grade point average of 3.2.

The good news is that of the data that has been collected, school efforts to improve the school environment for LGBT students is having a positive outcome. The 2011 National School Climate Survey reports decreased levels of biased language and victimization. Teens surveyed also reported greater access to LGBT resources and support. The increased efforts for fighting gay bullying on behalf of school translate into a safer school environment for students. The 2011 survey had 8,584 student respondents from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Schools around the country are working to make improvements, but much more needs to be done to end gay bullying.

  • Only 45.7 percent of LGBT students reported having a Gay-Straight Alliance at school.
  • A mere 16.8 percent learned positive representations in school about LGBT historical figures.
  • Lamentably, only 54.6 percent could identify six or more supportive educators
  • Only 7.4 percent said their school included gay bulling in their anti-bullying initiatives.

The task for the community is to push schools to do more. Students, teachers, administrators and parents can do more to help eradicate gay bullying. The actions below are a step in right direction.

  • Consider lobbying your school to implement Gay-Straight Alliances, which help bridge understanding among students, focusing tolerance. If a student cannot gain the attention of administrators, seek assistance from supportive school staff. You may want to seek support from the Equal Access Act which protects the right to form a GSA. right to form a GSA under the Equal Access Act.
  • Youth can work with student councils to include gay tolerance in their schools anti-bullying policies. If students do not want to stand out by spearheading these initiatives, an anonymous suggestion can be made or a supportive staff member can make the suggestion to the student council.
  • Parents and teachers can urge the school to schedule a discussion at an assembly or an after school activity about tolerance. Suggest a guest speaker from your community of from the media.
  • Seek support from a teacher, coach or administrator to start an organization on campus that offers students support and resources, such as the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). Contact these groups to send educational materials and resources that can be distributed to students.
  • School administrators should consider an anonymous suggestion box, where students can feel uninhibited to make anonymous bullying reports.
  • Adults should be mindful of protecting student privacy. The youth may not want a teacher to disclose LGBT issues to their parents or vice versa.

Adults and students must be aware of their rights. While federal civil right laws to not protect harassment based on sexual orientation, the bullying may target a particular student’s non-conformity to gender norms, which then falls under sexual harassment that is covered under Title IX. Learn more about federal civil rights laws here.

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Sexual Orientation Bullying : Definition and Prevention

July 29, 2014
What Is Sexual Orientation?

Sexual orientation is a person’s sexual identity as it relates to the gender to which they are attracted. Sexual identity terms have been abbreviated and are now commonly referred to as LGBTQ or the LGBTQ community.

LGBTQ does not include heterosexual individuals. Heterosexual or “Straight” individuals are attracted to the opposite sex.

Homosexual terms are each represented by a corresponding letter of the alphabet:

L – Lesbian – woman who is attracted to females.

G – Gay – male who is attracted to males

B – Bisexual – male or female attracted to both sexes.

T – Transgender – A person whose self-identity doesn’t conform to conventional typing. An example would be a person whose gender was designated at birth based genitalia but feels that the true self is the opposite sex or a combination of both sexes. (Non-identification or non-presentation as the sex one was assigned at birth).

Q – Queer – An umbrella term for persons who feel outside of norms in regards to gender or sexuality but do not wish to specifically self – identify as L, G, B or T.

What Is Sexual Orientation Bullying

When a child or teen is being bullied because of gender associations or preferences of any type it is referred to as sexual orientation bullying.

Bullying is an aggressive and unwanted behavior inflicted upon a vulnerable child or teen and is usually repetitive. It can be physical, emotional, verbal, or written as a text message or email. Foul or explicit language, hitting, tripping, ignoring, staring, pushing, name calling, stalking, are all examples of bully tactics.

“Cyberbullying” has become a convenient way for kids and teens to hide behind a screen while sending texts or emails containing defamatory, derogatory, or ridiculing content.

Gender identity and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender or questioning) bullying begins at a very young age. When children who bully others perceive gender-related differences in another child, bullies will aggressively target that child (or children) with the intention of hurting or overpowering him or her.

Why Does It Happen?

Sex is assigned as male or female at birth based upon observation of the baby’s genitalia. From there, the baby is described as a boy or girl usually for the rest of its life. From the moment of birth, the child’s name, clothing colors, clothing styles, toys, haircuts, and mainstream-acceptable behavior is predominantly based upon the child’s assigned gender.

At a very early age, children are influenced by parents and teachers to recognize commonly accepted differences between boys and girls.

However, when a child or teen behaves in a way that deviates from the established gender norms h/she is often labeled by other children who are uncomfortable with or uneducated about the differences. The vulnerable child becomes a magnet for bully activity.

A bullying child doesn’t need much of a reason to harass another child and one with obvious differences is a standing target. Sometimes the bullying child doesn’t even know why he or she does it. Underlying issues within the child that have not been identified may be causing him or her to act out.

Sexual Orientation Bullying Happens Most Often in School

Bullying of all types can happen anywhere there’s a group of kids. It happens at school, church, youth groups, after-school activities, sports teams, in the community; bullying can take place anywhere and has no boundaries. Sexual orientation bullying happens most often in school.

School should be a place where kids are safe but unfortunately, it is not the case. Numerous surveys have been conducted with students, teachers and parents about bullying and harassment of LGBTQ students and the results are alarming.

“According to the gay bullying statistics from the (LGBT) community, about one fourth of all students from elementary age through high school are the victims of bullying and harassment while on school property because of their race, ethnicity, gender, disability, religion or sexual orientation. Unfortunately the primary reason for bullying is due to something that may set them apart from the norm, and that includes sexual orientation.” http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/gay-bullying-statistics.html

  • Bullied kids tend to develop difficulties with their studies and have trouble developing peer relationships. The situation is compounded and kids may become depressed and have thoughts of suicide.
  • The results of one report suggested that 26 percent of male 12th graders who were the target of LGBTQ bullying had experienced thoughts of suicide within the previous year.
  • Whether or not suicide and depression is higher amongst LGBTQ adolescents and teens has not yet been fully proven but most parents and school officials believe it to be true.
  • Being on the receiving end of bullying in any form is damaging in some way to every child struggling with his or her identity.
  • We should never take bullying lightly. Any action that causes an individual to feel threatened, shamed, or afraid for any reason should be recognized as an unacceptable behavior. Parents, teachers and adults in general should never turn the other cheek to the bad behavior of a bully.

How Can We Help LGBT Kids and Teens Feel Safe

LGBT kids can help themselves tremendously by building strong connections with their parents and families, peers, teachers, and clergy. They should seek….continue reading

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Nicky Morgan appoints gay rights campaigner as adviser

57447908554833925025.Nicky Morgan.png-500x0Education secretary Nicky Morgan has appointed the head of education at gay rights charity Stonewall as her special adviser.

Luke Tryl, who has worked with Stonewall on a range of campaigns aimed at tackling homophobic bullying, will take up his new job with immediate effect.

The move will be seen by some as an attempt to quell fears over Ms Morgan’s stance toward gay rights after she voted against same-sex marriage in the House of Commons earlier this year.

Her promotion by prime minister David Cameron to education secretary and minister for women and equalities in the cabinet reshuffle earlier this month had attracted serious criticism, particularly as she will be overseeing issues such as homophobic bullying in schools.

Her appointment as education secretary led to Michael Cashman, the founder of Stonewall and a former Labour MEP, to tweet: “Nicky Morgan in charge of education and equalities is deeply worrying. The true nature of the Tory party is unchanged and reverting to type.”

But Mr Tryl’s appointment will go some way to allay any fears, due to his work with Stonewall in schools.

Speaking to the gay news service Pink News earlier this month, Mr Tryl said: “Homophobic bullying is almost endemic in our secondary schools; that children in primary schools, children as young as five are using phrases like ‘that’s so gay’. There’s still a huge amount more to do.

“We really believe that at the heart of tackling homophobic bullying is good quality teacher training.

“Too many teachers are coming out of their teacher training never having talked about issues like homophobic bullying, which, ten years on from the repeal of section 28, is pretty worrying.”

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Adults Being Bullied

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Adults-Being-Bullied-642x336Instances of adults being bullied are more common than people think. While the everyday person associates the word “Bullying” with school children and teens. The image of bullying is more distorted and affects people of all ages and walks of life. NoBullying writes today about adults being bullied.
An adult being bullied is not that uncommon, in fact, adult bullying happens in colleges, workplaces, social organizations and even in the form of relationship bullying, spousal abuse and homosexual bullying.
By definition, a bully is someone who uses force, threats or other means to control or manipulate another person. Bullying tactics are used by individuals of all ages, sexes, genders as well as ethnic and religious persuasions. Adults are bullied for financial gain, revenge or to assert the bully’s power and control. Whatever the circumstances, the results can cause lasting damage to the victims’ emotional, mental and physical health.
Caregivers, members of management in the workplace, law enforcement or individuals in any other environment can all be guilty of bullying at one time or another. Even individuals who may not normally be apt to try and manipulate or harass others are guilty of bullying at some point and time. It’s human nature. When a person gets angry, frustrated or upset, they can lash out at others. Individuals who are the objects of their outburst can easily become victims.
A major factor in the development of the bully’s psyche is growing up with bullying parents, that is, parents who berate their children for several reasons, such as the desire for them to excel or develop or as a reflection of their own stress. A violent abusive home raises adults who think bullying is a normal part of everyday life.
Children can be repeatedly told that those behaviors are wrong, but when they watch adults continually act in a bullying fashion, the actions speak louder than words. Children often mimic the acts of adults and will begin to bully at a young age. Unless the patterns are stopped when they are first noticed, they can continue into high school and last throughout their lifetime.
Adults who use bullying tactics on a regular basis often choose “targets” just like children and teen bullies do. They will often choose victims who are depressed, have low self-esteem, feel as if they are worthless and normally have few friends or no support system. An adult bully will often chip away at their victim’s defenses by making verbal comments that are intended to belittle or degrade. Over time the continued insults and slurs can make the victim feel worthless and inferior.
Macartan Mulligan, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said, “Bullying isn’t strictly about teens and children, sometimes bullying can be in the form of a workplace bully or an abusive spouse.”
He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Mulligan, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.
NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.
The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.
He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic. continue reading…..



Adult Bully’s “The Five Types”


I am re-blogging this post which I origanally posted Feb 21, 2013, as there are others that need re-posting as well, this being the first. “Adult Bully’s The Five Types”, the one we are dealing with 90% of the time is number one, The Narcissistic Adult Bully, please read the description below: “You may not hear a lot about adult bullying, but it is a problem. Read this article to learn more about different types of adult bullies and get some ideas on how to deal with an adult bully. Adult bullying is a serious problem and may require legal action. One would think that as people mature and progress through life, that they would stop behaviors of their youth. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sadly, adults can be bullies, just as children and teenagers can be bullies. While adults are more likely to use verbal bullying as opposed to physical bullying, the fact of the matter is that adult bullying exists. The goal of an adult bully is to gain power over another person, and make himself or herself the dominant adult. They try to humiliate victims, and “show them who is boss.” There are several different types of adult bullies, and it helps to know how they operate:

  1. Narcissistic Adult Bully
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    This type of adult bully is self-centered and does not share empathy with others. Additionally, there is little anxiety about consequences. He or she seems to feel good about him or herself, but in reality has a brittle narcissism that requires putting others down.

  3. Impulsive Adult Bully:
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    Adult bullies in this category are more spontaneous and plan their bullying out less. Even if consequences are likely, this adult bully has a hard time restraining his or her behavior. In some cases, this type of bullying may be unintentional, resulting in periods of stress, or when the bully is actually upset or concerned about something unconnected with the victim.

  5. Physical Bully:
  6. third4While adult bullying rarely turns to physical confrontation, there are, nonetheless, bullies that use physicality. In some cases, the adult bully may not actually physically harm the victim, but may use the threat of harm, or physical domination through looming. Additionally, a physical bully may damage or steal a victim’s property, rather than physically confronting the victim.

  7. Verbal Adult Bully:
  8. 4thWords can be quite damaging. Adult bullies who use this type of tactic may start rumors about the victim, or use sarcastic or demeaning language to dominate or humiliate another person. This subtle type of bullying also has the advantage – to the bully – of being difficult to document. However, the emotional and psychological impacts of verbal bullying can be felt quite keenly and can result in reduced job performance and even depression.

  9. Secondary Adult Bully:

2pm153-hr904-2This is someone who does not initiate the bullying, but joins in so that he or she does not actually become a victim down the road. Secondary bullies may feel bad about what they are doing, but are more concerned about protecting themselves. (Definitions courtesy of Bullying Statistics http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/)

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UN rights chief warns of ‘disturbing lack of transparency’ for digital mass surveillance


High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.  UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras
High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.
UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

16 July 2014 – The top United Nations human rights official today warned of the “disturbing” lack of transparency in governmental surveillance policies and practices, “including de facto coercion of private sector companies to provide sweeping access to information and data relating to private individuals without the latter’s knowledge or consent.”

“This is severely hindering efforts to ensure accountability for any resulting human rights violations, or even to make us aware that such violations are taking place, despite a clear international legal framework laying down Governments’ obligations to protect our right to privacy,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay said in Geneva today.

Introducing a report compiled by her Office entitled, The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age, she stressed the need for vigilance and procedural safeguards against governmental surveillance programmes.

“The onus is on the State to demonstrate that such interference is neither arbitrary nor unlawful,” Ms. Pillay said, noting that article 17 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states that “no one shall be subjected to arbitrary or unlawful interference with his or her privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to unlawful attacks on his or her honour and reputation.”

According to the report, to be presented this October to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly, governmental mass surveillance is “emerging as a dangerous habit rather than an exceptional measure” and practices in many States reveal “a lack of adequate national legislation and/or enforcement, weak procedural safeguards, and ineffective oversight.”

The High Commissioner’s report points out that the secret nature of specific surveillance powers brings with it a greater risk of arbitrary exercise of discretion which, in turn, demands greater precision in the rule governing the exercise of discretion, as well as additional oversight. Therefore, States must establish independent methods to monitor such surveillance one that include administrative, judicial and parliamentary branches of government.

“The involvement of all branches of Government in the oversight in surveillance programmes, as well as of an independent civilian oversight agency, is essential to ensure the effective protection of the law,” the report states, noting that when conducted in compliance with the law, including international human rights law, surveillance can be effective for legitimate law enforcement or intelligence purposes.

On the role of the private sector, the report points to strong evidence of a growing reliance by Governments on enterprises to conduct and facilitate digital surveillance and warns that a company that supplies data to the State “risks being complicit in or otherwise involved with human rights abuses.”

When faced with Government demands for access to data, enterprises are expected to honour the principles of human rights. This can mean interpreting such demands as narrowly as possible, seeking clarification from a Government with regard to the scope and legal foundation for the demand, requiring a court order before meeting government requests for data, and communicating transparently with users about risks and compliance with the demands.

“The complexity of the challenges to the right to privacy in this rapidly and dramatically evolving digital age is going to require constant scrutiny and dialogue between all key sectors,” Ms. Pillay said, adding that at stake are some incredibly important principles which go right to the core of each and every individual’s rights.
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Webinar: Perspectives on LGBT Suicide Prevention

hands-imgA webinar on the Prevention of LGBT Suicide and the Role of Health Professionals and Religious/Spiritual Advisors

Despite some improvements in public attitudes toward gay marriages and greater acceptance of homosexuality, disparities in suicide ideation and attempts between LGBT and heterosexual youth persist. New research indicates that few LGBT people sought help prior to attempting suicide and when LGBT people did seek help it was not effective in preventing suicide attempts. Further, counseling from a religious or spiritual advisor was associated with worse outcomes. Compared with individuals who did not seek help at all, those who sought help from a religious or spiritual advisor were more likely later to attempt suicide. Black LGBTs were also more likely than White or Latino LGBTs to seek treatment in religious or spiritual settings prior to a suicide attempt.


Ilan H. Meyer, Ph.D., Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Abbe Land, Executive Director, The Trevor Project
Ann Haas, Ph.D., Senior Consultant, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Rev. Delman Coates, Ph.D., Senior Pastor, Mt. Ennon Baptist Church

Peter Goldblum, Ph.D., Professor, Director of the Center for LGBTQ Evidence-based Applied Research (CLEAR), Palo Alto University

Dr. Meyer will summarize recent research showing that, at least in the past, few LGBT people sought help prior to attempting suicide and when LGBT people did seek help it was not effective in preventing suicide attempts. Study respondents who sought mental health or medical treatment at some time prior to their suicide attempt (or, among those who did not attempt suicide, prior to the age when suicide might have been attempted) were as likely as respondents who did not seek any mental health treatment to have a suicide attempt or serious suicide attempt after this time. However, counseling from a religious or spiritual advisor was associated with worse outcomes. Compared with individuals who did not seek help at all, those who sought help from a religious or spiritual advisor were more likely later to attempt suicide.

Ms. Land will discuss the role of professionals and trained peer counselors in suicide prevention, especially related to LGBT youth. She will also describe preventive trainings, programs, and model policies offered by The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBT and questioning young people ages 13-24.

Dr. Haas will discuss advances and challenges in research of prevention of suicide in LGBT populations.

Rev. Coates is Senior Pastor of Mt. Ennon Baptist Church in Clinton, MD and President of the Black Church Center for Justice and Equality, committed to reclaiming the social justice tradition of the Black church. Rev. Coates believes in keeping the legacy of African American Christian activism and the responsibility of progressive faith leaders to further Christian love and American democracy. He will talk about why he believes it is important for African American pastors to dispel the myth the bible condemns homosexuality and the role of LGBT individuals in the Black church.

Dr. Goldblum is the co-editor of Youth Suicide and Bullying: Challenges and Strategies for Prevention and Intervention (forthcoming September 2014, Oxford University Press). Dr. Goldblum will discuss the four presentations and share from his own extensive experience as director of a clinic that specializes in working with LGBT people.
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What is Cyberbullying? Stop Online Bullying!

Having a constant internet connection can be a great thing, but unfortunately it also has its negative side effects. Cyberbullying through text messages and online social media accounts is becoming an increasingly larger problem among teens. According to the non-profit organization Bullying Statistics, as many as 50% of teens have been cyberbullied.

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What is cyberbullying? Use our infographic to learn more about what cyberbullying is. Find facts, statistics and definitions to further educate yourself about the threat of online bullying. Both teens and parents can find helpful tips and advice on how to stop cyberbullying.
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Workplace Bullies Are Running Amok

Here’s how you can turn the tables at last
Here’s how you can turn the tables at last

If you’re the target of a workplace bully, you are hardly alone. A new survey concludes that 96 percent of people have experienced bullying behavior at work.

Sadly, the bully usually “wins.” That is, the victims quit their jobs, while the bully remains behind, reigning supreme over new targets.

Needless to say, this is not good for business.

The latest study of bullying and its impact on people and the workplace was conducted by Joseph Grenny and David Maxfield, business strategists and co-authors of the books Crucial Conversations and Influencer.

Their survey covered the full range of bullying behavior. It found that 62 percent had witnessed or experienced sabotaging of work or reputations. More than half saw browbeating, threats or intimidation. About four percent even saw physical intimidation or assault in the workplace.

Who are these people?

Notably, the bully isn’t necessarily the boss. A peer is almost as likely to belittle, sabotage, intimidate and abuse co-workers.

A 2012 study by CareerBuilder found that half of the victims never confront the bully, and most incidents remain unreported.

The list of reported horrors in this survey also is extensive: Victims reported being pointedly ignored, picked on for their personal attributes, belittled in public, constantly criticized and falsely accused of errors. They’ve been gossiped about, purposely excluded, and denied credit for their work.

Only about half reported the incident to Human Resources, and more than half of those said nothing came of reporting it.

So, it’s quite possible that you’re on your own in dealing with this.

Here’s one important thing to remember: In kindergarten or in the office, the behavior of a bully is about as primitive as human behavior gets.

In a blog for Psychology Today, Preston Ni, who coaches professionals on personal effectiveness, says most bullies are cowards who pick on people they perceive as weaker, and inevitably back down when challenged.

He advises people to “stand tall,” literally and figuratively, in the face of bullying. But also seek witnesses, and keep a paper trail of the abuse directed at you.

Most of all, keep your own emotions and actions in check. It will help keep the temperature down.

After all, you don’t want to get in a brawl here. Ideally, you want to resolve the problem.

Grenfield and Maxfield offer these tips for seeking a reasonable resolution to a crisis with a bully at work:

  • Speak up. Instead of fearing the risks of taking action, think through the risks of doing nothing.
  • Present the facts. Explain your side of the issue to the bully, avoiding emotion and provocation.
  • Validate the bully’s concerns. The bully presumably has a point to make, and is just expressing it inappropriately. Acknowledge that.
  • Clarify the consequences. One person’s bullying behavior damages the team and the business. Make sure the bully hears that.
  • Ask the bully to commit to more effective communication.

CareerBuilder also advises victims to talk it out dispassionately with the bully.

After all, there’s a good chance that many bullies aren’t even aware of the impact they’re having.

They may think they’re being “passionate” or “intense.” They may imagine they’re defending themselves against non-existent threats. They may hear any discussion of an issue as argumentative, or insubordinate.

It could be up to you to tell them they’re just being bullies.
By Carol Kopp AOL Jobs



As we now leave the political arena behind…facebook-antibullying2_article_detailOn Wednesday 2nd July 2014, I was lucky to attend an Anti-Bullying Showcase at Facebook London Offices.

During this event, Anti-Bullying Ambassadors from 6 secondary schools across England demonstrated the hard work they were doing to combat bullying online and offline within their schools and communities through visual films of their work – they were joined by a host of special guests and celebrities.

The Showcase began with an introduction from both Simon Milner (Policy Director, UK, Untitled-2Middle East and Africa, Facebook) and Alex Holmes (Anti-Bullying Programme Manager, Diana Award).

This was followed by speeches from special guests, and videos from each of the secondary schools.

Special guests included Jodie Marsh, Bars and Melody, Diversity, Adam Deacon, Will Poulter, Paul Potts, Lucy Kay and Luke Newberry.

The speeches made by these special guests were truly inspiring and reassuring to those being bullied and the Anti-Bullying ambassadors. (Britain’s Got Talent finalists Bars and Melody and Lucy Kay both gave phenomenal performances!)facebook-antibullying_mediumI found out that many schools across the country are taking a stand against bullying.

I was amazed at the innovative and effective ideas that the young people had created. These included mapping the areas of school which the pupils felt safe in, creating an anonymous bullying report website and releasing balloons which each had a tag with the schools’ details so whoever received the balloon could contact them if they were being bullied. Amazingly, they received replies from many different areas including Manchester and Wales.

YoungMinds Vs is giving young people a voice to speak out and demands change on the 5 top issues that worry them the most – bullying, school stress, sexual pressures, unemployment and not being able to get help can stress us out.

More than three-quarters of a million young people believe they have nothing to live for, with jobless youngsters facing “devastating” symptoms of mental illness (Princes Trust, 2014).

YoungMinds Vs is fighting the pressure and has created a mass movement of children and young people campaigning for better mental health and wellbeing.

Sign Jack’s petition now and help schools support victims of bullying long-term.
Written by: Zach Baker via Youngminds

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Why we must continue to stick together through tough times, and push for equality

Peter Purvis talks about what is to come for the LGBT community
Peter Purvis talks about what is to come for the LGBT community
Writing for PinkNews.co.uk, Peter Purton, the TUC’s LGBT officer says despite moves forward like same-sex marriage, issues like workplace discrimination are still faced by members of the LGBT community.

A good time to be LGBT – but not for everyone!

If you’re gay in Brunei, you can get stoned to death, in Uganda, imprisoned for life. In Russia, you can be arrested for saying that being LGB or T is fine. But in Britain, like in France, and much of the USA, we can marry our loved one (unless you live in Northern Ireland). Why shouldn’t the LGBT community celebrate Pride in London on 28 June as a big joyous party?
Unions have long supported Pride and we’ll be there (and at many other Prides over the summer) to join the party. But also to promote our message to the community – life isn’t all that pretty for many of us and the same government that gave us same sex marriage has also, through its policy of continuing austerity, caused much suffering to many in our community.
The largest ever survey of the experience of LGBT people at work confirmed that we are more than two and half times more likely than heterosexual colleagues to face discrimination at work, usually in the form of bullying or harassment. It was the same story across every sector of the economy. Employers with good equality policies were as likely as any not to have a clue how to deal with it. And lots of heterosexual people who say they’re not homophobic didn’t recognise that their bullying behaviour was wrong. So there’s a long way to go before many LGBT workers can feel secure and equal at work. In education, the picture continues to be bleak as homophobia is rampant – even in universities thought of as beacons of tolerance, LGBT students report growing prejudice.
This is bad news for our health and in particular our mental health, but government cuts have slashed mental health services. It’s even worse if you’re young. Young LGBTs are massively overrepresented among people with mental ill health. They’re also more likely to be homeless, victims of a housing crisis created by government policies, but often unable to seek shelter in parental homes. At the same time, hate crimes have risen – a five per cent increase in London last year. But specialist services to help victims have also been subject to spending cuts.
Benefit cuts, in-work poverty caused by low pay and zero-hours contracts, high rents and squeezed public services and with worse still to come, the tough times are set to continue. When life is hard, as it is now for millions, people look for someone to blame, and minorities are always vulnerable.
But there is an alternative. Join us in fighting for a better world and a fairer Britain where all of us can celebrate the big steps we’ve made towards equality. Check out the campaign here.
Peter Purton is the LGBT officer at the Trades Union Congress. The TUC is a PinkNews advertiser.
As with all comment pieces, the views expressed may not necessarily reflect those of PinkNews



Allstate Wants LGBTs to Be #OutHoldingHands

The video promoting LGBT acceptance is set to music by out singer Eli Lieb.
The video promoting LGBT acceptance is set to music by out singer Eli Lieb.
Allstate has released a touching video ad that promotes acceptance of LGBT people.

Set to the music of out singer Eli Lieb’s “Safe in My Hands,” the video short is an animated ode to tolerance, telling the allegorical story of a man who is ostracized throughout his life for having an unusually large hand.

After enduring stares and discrimination for his unusual trait, the character’s feelings of shame dissipate when he falls in love with another man with the same physical characteristic. By finding each other, they are able to proudly walk hand in hand in public.

“We believe everyone should be treated with respect and without judgment no matter who they love,” Allstate captioned beneath the video, which concludes with a visual transition to a real-life gay couple.

Last year, Allstate ran a print ad campaign that featured photos of gay couples, with the tagline “Being visible should never leave you feeling vulnerable.” The video is part of the insurance company’s 2014 LGBT campaign, which includes an online photo gallery of real-life couples.

To participate, add the hastag #OutHoldingHands to a Twitter or Instagram picture. And watch the video below.



Photo credit: World Pride Human Rights Conference
Photo credit: World Pride Human Rights Conference


Attitude is Altitude “No Arms No Legs No Worries”

sliderI have a HUGE passion for reaching out to teenagers about bullying throughout the world. In every country teenagers are experiencing the mental, emotional and spiritual battles that result from being teased and bullied. I attempted suicide at the age of ten because I was teased and became convinced my life had no purpose… Today, I live for the purpose of encouraging people around the world with my message of faith, hope and love.

This world needs stronger young leaders who will stand up against bullying. My company, Attitude is Altitude, held a camp for 53 teenage students in southern California in 2011 and we had a great time discussing this issue and working on ways to out an end to bullying while increasing acceptance, understanding and love among all people. Soon, we will put up a report on our meeting done by FOX News San Diego.

I believe in the power of unity. Our team at Attitude is Altitude is constantly brainstorming to combat bullying especially in the United States.

In March of 2013, we will participate in a statewide anti-bullying campaign with Governor GARY R. Herbert of Utah. I will be speaking in that state to two middle schools and two high schools. I will deliver a one-hour keynote speech about bullying, self-esteem, dreaming big and never giving up. Governor Herbert has deemed that every middle and high School would tune into the online live stream of this event so that all students will benefit.

We are very excited about this event and we will update you with any news to come on this web site and on my Facebook/Twitter platforms.

DVD: Nick Vujicic wants you to feel good about yourself. In his DVD titled, “No Arms, No Legs, No Worries!” Nick encourages audiences to focus on the positive and TO realize their true potential.


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