We’ve all seen the headlines- Child Bullied Into Suicide, Student Expelled For Bullying and Parent Arrested For Bullied Child. But kids aren’t the only ones who are participating in bullying. Adults bully each other at work, their kids’ sporting events, online, at church, in their marriages, even at the grocery store!
I’m amazed at the many different bullying types- face to face, cyber or cell, road rage, stalking- anything that puts fear into another can be classified as bullying. It can happen anywhere, anytime, to anyone. There’s nowhere to hide from it!
I’ve been bullied a few times. As a kid I was locked in a pitch black bathroom at church. As I screamed in terror, the kids holding the door shut laughed hysterically. By the time an adult came to my rescue, I was scarred for life & to this day I am afraid of the dark. In 1993, I was targeted by a man on the freeway. He was looking for someone to run off the road to rob or worse. I was driving to work at 4am, he paced me for a mile then began swerving into me, cutting me off & slamming on his brakes & trying to push me from behind. This went on for 15 miles. Thank Heaven for my huge brick of a cell phone & defensive driving skills! I was able to fend him off until the CHP got him- he was arrested because he’d done this before! I was so scared . . .
What can we do when we are bullied or witness it? Most people do nothing to help themselves or another, they just hope that it will go away. We deny that it is happening. But does it ever really go away? What can YOU do? Below you will find information on what you can do depending on where you face bullying.
Have YOU ever been bullied? My guess is YES- most people experience it at some time in their lives. As uncomfortable as it is to talk about, I believe there is power in sharing. Tell me all about what you have endured & how you handled it. Also, do you step up & help when you witness bullying? What has worked? What hasn’t worked?