by Zoey Jones
of us are lucky and never have to deal with being bullied,
but the odds are, everyone will be bullied in some way at
some point in their life. When I was the victim of Reese's
girl gang, I quickly understood the helplessness and humiliation
of anyone who has to live through this kind of nightmare.
The bully steals your identity and makes you feel worthless
and powerless to change the situation. For some, like Sarah,
their self-esteem is pushed so low that suicide may seem like
the only option.
There have been horrible events over the
last few years that can been directly linked to bullying.
Violent outbursts at schools, beatings, suicides and even
the murder of teens by other teens have occurred, all as a
result of bullying.
I was lucky enough to have a good friend and my family to
help me through, but what about the silent victims? Maybe
they need to know that they have choices and that they have
a right to speak up, because the only way to stop bullying
is to know when you are being bullied and to ask for help.
Know when you are being bullied. Bullying
- Physical violence and attacks
- Verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs
- Threats and intimidation
- Theft - of money and possessions
- Being deliberately left out of a peer group
Know your bully. Bullies are generally
people who are:
- Physically strong
- Very confident and outgoing (extroverts)
- Are used to seeing aggressive behaviour
in their homes and lives
- Aren't very nice
It isn't easy to admit you are being
bullied, but the best thing you can do is tell someone – your
family, your teachers or your friends. But it's not
enough to just have victim's speak up. Only if we all
work together will we stop bullying. Silence never solves
a problem, so find your voice and start talking and admit
that bullying is not cool – ever!
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