Bullying is something, that right now is such a hot button issue. Bullying is something that I'm pretty sure on some level everyone has experienced. Some people say that bullying is "character building" Well I may be young, and I don't know a ton, but I can say there's a difference between building character, and being put down to the point you believe what those people are saying.
Bullying does not have to result in suicide for it to have serious, long-term effects. A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Psychology discovered that nearly 33 percent of all bullying victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.
I've been struggling for nearly a month to find the courage to tell you my story as a bullied teen. I've received several messages through social media from parents who are dealing with their children being bullied. I think it's time I find that courage.
I wrote a few weeks ago about an upcoming documentary called Bully. At that time, I wasn't sure that it was going to make a showing in Evansville, even though I felt (and still feel) like this is the ONE movie that everyone should see.
The Bully Project.
This upcoming film has created quite a lot of interest before it has even made its way into theaters. Originally the Motion Picture Associating of America (MPAA) was rating Bully as 'R'-rated which would limit the audience to over the age of 17. Unfortunately, the audience that REALLY needs to see this film to make it an effective tool to end bullying, is UNDER the age of 17.
Bullying is an epidemic. What happened to treating others with dignity and respect? When will it be ok to embrace someone for their differences rather than ridiculing them?
The video you are about to watch is beyond moving. I don't know that I have the words to describe the emotion that this video elicited in me...