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: 47
Latest Activity: Oct 21, 2017

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

tRump Accelerates School Bullying

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 5, 2016. 4 Replies

Bullied adolescents do better with exercise

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 18, 2015. 0 Replies

Different Kinds Of Bullys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 28, 2015. 0 Replies

The Long Term Effects of Bullying

Started by Steph S. Mar 2, 2015. 0 Replies

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

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Comment by Loren Miller on February 9, 2012 at 2:47pm

Me, I'm not so softy, though I appreciate what the young lady has done there.  What I AM is a former bullying victim who, were I able to confront any of the former perpetrators, would find many of them headed to the nearest emergency room.  I don't forgive and I don't forget.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 9, 2012 at 12:30pm

Damned good stuff, SB.

Comment by Steph S. on February 5, 2012 at 11:33am

They are Richard! They are the worst of bullies in fact -- I know from experience sadly.

Comment by Susan Stanko on January 30, 2012 at 8:11am

I wish JoePa could come back from the grave and beat the crap out of them.

Comment by Steph S. on January 29, 2012 at 9:47pm
Right Richard! Hope everyone is having a nice weekend.
Comment by Steph S. on January 8, 2012 at 1:35pm

I specialize in Ornithology in fact. My mom always had parakeets as pets when I was little and that it what started my passion for birds. You can learn much from observing wildlife and how they interact with each other. It was a quiet and calm bird - maybe that is why it was murdered.

Comment by Steph S. on January 8, 2012 at 12:28pm

That is so true. I was ranked in my Ornithology class by the professor (why he chose to rank us I have no idea) I ended up being ranked number one -- anyway the amount of bullying I received after that was phenomenal. I was picked on any chance they got by fellow students. I thought that when I was an adult the bullying would end -- but I was astounded that it just continues. Even at work I would be employee of the month or something like that -- and I would get picked on again. And so -- the bullying continues for me.

Comment by Nerdlass on January 7, 2012 at 11:04pm
Hi, again! Yeah, I went quiet over the holidays. LOL

I think of all things, it's an injustice to children for people to pass the buck and say "It's not my problem, it's so-and-so's because.."

It does get better for most of us, and for those who struggle even now, they show the fortitude of adaptation and sheer stubborn pride and towards those, I applaud heartily.

The Thinking Atheist just put out a podcast about coming out of the Atheist Closet and there was discussion about the correlation between coming out as gay and coming out as atheist. In fact... I think there's supposed to be a specific podcast that looks into that further. If I hear more about it, again, I'll toss in a word, here.
Comment by Steph S. on January 7, 2012 at 9:45pm

HI there Nerdlass! Nice to see you in another group with me!

Bullying does need to be dealt with you are right.

Comment by Nerdlass on January 7, 2012 at 8:24pm
I also was bullied for going through puberty early. I was accused of stuffing my bra. I was also not well off. No designer outfits... my shoes were worn through before I could get new ones from Payless. But I came from a happy and loving family. I was open with my parents, something that I couldn't have been, if I was bullied and gay. So I can only imagine how hard it is for kids having to deal with bullying and such a secret (in a lot of cases). My out from all the bullying was going to a magnet school for the gifted and talented... I'm not sure if I would have made it, otherwise. I'd been eating so unhealthily and getting more and more inverted, the opposite of my natural state...

Bullying of all sorts needs to be dealt with, by all involved parties.
 

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