It Gets Better: Atheists for a Bully-free World

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It Gets Better: Atheists for a Bully-free World

Atheists for a Bully-free World

Location: USA
Members: 45
Latest Activity: Sep 1

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. 

 

 

 

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

 

EXTERNAL LINKS
StopBullying.gov
It Gets Better Project
It Gets Better Project - Official YouTube Channel
The Trevor Project
Jared Story.com
Bullying Education.org
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

How introverts react to extrovert bullying

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 30. 7 Replies

School Climate can decrease Bullying

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck May 30. 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

Bullying within Atheism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Luara Apr 13, 2013. 8 Replies

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Comment by Sentient Biped 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 A Former Member on April 27, 2012 at 9:16pm

: )

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"

YES! ABSOLUTELY! WITHOUT QUESTION! 

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

God Is A BULLY.

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

Comment by A Former Member on April 23, 2012 at 11:04pm
Take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. — Elie Wiesel
Comment by A Former Member on April 22, 2012 at 5:49pm
I'm known for my god insight! :-)
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.

Comment by A Former Member on April 22, 2012 at 3:47pm

It seems to me that bullying comes from an inability to accept difference, plus an inherent insecurity about one's place in the crowd. Bullying someone reinforces one's (often mistaken) place in the scheme of things.

Comment by A Former Member on April 21, 2012 at 9:19pm

Coltyn was a gorgeous young man, too.

Comment by A Former Member on April 21, 2012 at 9:18pm

I agree Loren. While it is not universally true, there does seem to be a commonality in these suicides, namely that the person seems to hide from everyone their distress or unhappiness. That's not always the case, but one cannot help but wonder how things might have been different for them if they had someone to open up to.

 

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