A Message from One of the Ones Left Behind

A Message from One of the Ones Left Behind

You know by now I’m passionate about the epidemic of bullying and suicide among children and teenagers because I faced the same thing in my youth. I felt the crushing weight of bullying, and the desperate and dark thoughts that seemed my only way to

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Suicide is NEVER the Solution! (Part 1)

Suicide is NEVER the Solution! (Part 1)

(Part 1 of 3) Last year, the suicide of Destiny Gleason drew media attention last year, driving home the sad truth of an epidemic of suicide among young people due to bullying and abuse. What I cannot stress enough is that suicide is totally fruitless

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Targets Can Become Bullies Themselves (Part 1)

Targets Can Become Bullies Themselves (Part 1)

This is—and always will be—very hard for me to admit. However, I feel an obligation to each and every bullied person to be truthful about how I, too, bullied others when I was in school. No one wants to admit that they were ever a

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The Excuses Bystanders and People in Authority Make for a Bully

The Excuses Bystanders and People in Authority Make for a Bully

As we all know, bullies are very practiced and convincing liars, and they have a talent for using charm to deceive bystanders and authority. Understand that this “charm” bullies often display is only a tool to help out up a smokescreen to cover their bad

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When Bullying is Referred to as “Darwinism,” “Natural Selection,” or “Survival of the Fittest”

When Bullying is Referred to as “Darwinism,” “Natural Selection,” or “Survival of the Fittest”

I cringe any time I hear people refer to bullying as “Darwinism,” “Natural Selection,” or “Survival of the Fittest” and he words that immediately flash to my mind are “cop out,” “trivializing,” and “excuses.” People who duck behind these rationalizations are implying: Bullying is completely normal

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A Call to Action, Part 2: When You Need a Witness

A Call to Action, Part 2: When You Need a Witness

One component of domestic violence that most victims experience is the ongoing questioning of the validity of their abuse. In my own experience, I remember countless times when I went to friends and asked, “Was I really abused? Are you sure I’m not making this

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