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It Gets Better: Atheists for a Bully-free World


It Gets Better: Atheists for a Bully-free World

Atheists for a Bully-free World

Location: USA
Members: 46
Latest Activity: Nov 9, 2014

Welcome to It Gets Better

Bullying and teen suicide are nothing new, but in recent years we have become increasingly aware of the damage bullying does ― to both children and adults alike ― with what seems to be a sudden spike in teen suicides related to being bulled.


The death of a child, particularly at his or her own hands, is never acceptable. It is a blight on human society that schools do not do more to prevent this, that parents can raise their children to be mean and spiteful to others, and that bullied kids don't have a support system on which they can rely when they are faced with feelings of despair and isolation.


The content of this group will undoubtedly be difficult to deal with. It is painful to see children ostracized from their peers, and made to feel as if they don't matter or don't belong. Of course, bullying is not confined to schools, either. Many adults experience bullying at home or in the workplace as well. All these issues will be explored in this group. 




In Memoriam: Remembering the Victims of Bullying
Coping with Bullying: Videos, News, and PSAs 


It Gets Better Project
It Gets Better Project - Official YouTube Channel
The Trevor Project
Bullycide in America
Respect U
The Price of Hate
Kindness Above Malice
School Bullying Council
Parent's Guide to Preventing and Responding to Bullying

Discussion Forum

From bully to sexual aggressor

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 9, 2014. 0 Replies

How introverts react to extrovert bullying

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 30, 2014. 7 Replies

School Climate can decrease Bullying

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by tom sarbeck May 30, 2014. 1 Reply

Childhood Bullying Can Leave Lifelong Scars

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Steph S. Nov 24, 2013. 2 Replies

When bullying goes high-tech

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 22, 2013. 1 Reply

The Bully Economy hits families

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jun 16, 2013. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Daniel W on May 8, 2012 at 9:44pm

Joan what almost makes me more upset than the brutal killing is there no outrage and little interest almost anywhere.  The main places where I have read about this is, blogs by black gay bloggers.  It's like someone has to be both in order for it to matter.  It's really upsetting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 8, 2012 at 9:39pm

"Witnesses in the Champion case have told his parents he might have been targeted because he opposed the culture of hazing they say has long existed in the band. It has also been suggested to them that he was targeted because Champion was gay and a candidate for chief drum major.

Why? Whatever possessed them to kill this man, why? Is there no sense of morals or ethics in those killers? What is their value base? Who do they turn to for guidance? What entitles them to be judge, jury and executioner? Is there so much hate out there that these killings will continue. Who are the hate mongers? What are they saying, writing, broadcasting? Is our country better for their hate mongering?

Who is accountable in perpetrating these crimes against fellow human beings? 

Comment by Daniel W on May 8, 2012 at 9:30am

Loren, I think you are right.  This having happened in Florida, I don't trust that it will be pursued without national outrage.  I also don't think there will be national outrage about a group of students (a mob?) murdering a young gay black man.  Shameful. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 4, 2012 at 6:12pm

Check me on this, but I'd swear that civil rights violations carry severer penalties than the relative slap on the wrist being proposed in the case of the Florida A&M drum-major's case.

Comment by Daniel W on May 4, 2012 at 9:09am

Back on the hazing death, i read on one lawyer's blog that if someone is killed by a group, the individuals of that group actually can be guilty of murder. I don't know if that is true.  I know I've seen murder mysteries with murder-by-committee, but those are fiction.  Most likely the members of the group did not intend to kill, just beat, humiliate, isolate, degrade, inflict pain, and frighten. "Just" before those words seems obscene.  They could face up to 5 years in prison for felony hazing, which is not trivial but not the same as a murder charge.  No human rights violations?  Regardless of that, where is the outrage?  Trayvon -> outrage.  Tyler Clementi-> outrage.  Robert Champion -> how many people know about it?  I suspect there is a confluence of race / gay that leaves both communities not as concerned about him.  Sorry to say that.   This is not just hazing - there have been hazings resulting in death, not a lot, but some.  This young man was beat to death on a bus by 13 fellow students.

Comment by Susan Stanko on May 4, 2012 at 8:11am

NobodyCHOOSES to smash into cars.

Comment by Daniel W on May 3, 2012 at 3:22pm

Hazing charges filed against the killers of gay student.  I feel some disappointment about the charges.  A group of young men bullied and beat a young man to death, and they are charges with something less than murder.  The linked article does not state the charges - HuffPost has more to say.  They claim that, because multiple blows results in Champion's death, no single blow could be claimed to have killed him.  It's hard for me to picture that this was not a hate crime - the victim was gay, and witness stated that he received worse hazing because he was gay.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 27, 2012 at 9:02pm

Dallas Gaytheist on Tuesday you wrote,

"Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. — Elie Wiesel"


Loren, I just read your comment and I agree! So ....

Comment by Loren Miller on April 25, 2012 at 8:06am

Let's state the obvious in boldface


And there have been and are an uncounted number of others who, consciously or not, have followed that example.

Comment by Steph S. on April 22, 2012 at 5:42pm

Richard and Dallas you both have some god insight into what the cause of bullying is. Good thing we have this group.


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