"We're all different, stand up for who you are"
We all know that bullying needs to eff off. It's 2012 for frick's sake, verbal or physical - or any kind of abuse should NOT be tolerated.
But what are the long lasting effects of schoolyard bullying? What is the ratio of young people being bullied to those that bully? What are the main causes of bullying and how can they be eradicated? Those are some of the questions posed by Ditch the Label to accompany their ambitious new project: the Annual Bullying Survey 2012.
According to their website: Our message is clear: It doesn’t matter if you’re white, black, gay, straight, asexual, disabled, skinny, curvy, old, young, interested in sports, work in a salon or feel good in drag – we think you’re amazing. Things like the colour of your skin, your sexuality, appearance, interests or disability shouldn’t define you.
We’re fighting against stereotypes and bullying. Join us.
“The survey is an amazing opportunity for us to measure the prominence and effect that bullying has on people across the UK – identifying areas in which bullying is particularly common and highlighting measures that could and should be in place in order to significantly reduce bullying” comments Jon Cross, who is overseeing the research campaign.
Helping promote the campaign, Ditch the Label have had the invaluable support of Dr Christian Jessen from Embarrassing Bodies and the star of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Thelma Madine, who witnessed both verbal and physical bullying in her documentary Thelma’s Gypsy Girls.
Thelma comments; ‘We are all different, god made us different, so you should stand up for who you are. As for being bullied, we should feel sorry for those who do the bullying as it is their issue, not ours’.
Help fight the problem and be part of the solution, take the survey here