Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Nonviolent Approach To Bullying

In a recent comment about yet another LGBTQ youth suicide as a result of bullying, Stan, from UnderSTANding Stan, gave me a link to a video that addresses how to combat bullying in a nonviolent way.

It's quite simple, really, you just stand alongside the victim in whatever way you can. See, most people who bully look for solitary targets to taunt and abuse, but if that supposed target is within a group of friends, well, the bully just keeps on walking.

Bullying is not something that will ever go away. There will always be people with such low self-esteem that they will seek out and torment anyone who appears different. But if each of us watches out for the other one, if each of us speaks up when someone is being abused, then the bullies lose all their imagined power.

And, seriously, if none of us speak up, who will speak up for you if you're the one being bullied? Who will stand by your side? Who.....will go red for you?

2 comments:

R.J. said...

This is a great idea. I have yet to see an LGBT bully attack in which people walking in pairs or more are targeted.

J said...

I just want to make a point that it is not only LGBT people that are being bullied. I am sure plenty of kids kill themselves every year due to harassment. If everyone would stand up to these low life scum, bullying would be drastically reduced.