Cyber-Bullying

Written by Ciara Buck Children are the world’s future, they are our future. Their minds are like sponges and they learn more than we think by watching, watching people like you and me. There is a difference in kids today and kids in prior years. That difference is not in us it’s in society, technology. Believe it or not the world runs on technology and kids run on social media. Social media and youth suicide are very much linked together. {Read More}

How Lana Parrilla Helped Change Alex’s Story

Written by Alex Marie Hora with permission to post. Recently Alex wrote into us to share a heartwarming story of how she changed her story, with help from Once Upon A Time actress Lana Parrilla. – Founder/CEO Dana Jacoviello Hello Bullies Keep Out!! Love your organization, and I think you guys are awesome. Here is my story! Lana Parrilla changed my life, but more important she saved it. A few years ago I was in a very dark time in my {Read More}

Dark Drowning: A Story of Depression

Written by Lola White When the opportunity came up to write a blog post for BKO I jumped at the opportunity. I had a clear vision in my head of what I wanted to tell people, and what experiences I had and wanted to share. However, when it came to putting words to paper I hit a brick wall. It’s a daunting concept, to expose yourself; putting parts of yourself you are not comfortable with out there for the world {Read More}

Don’t Bully this Body!

Written by Jenn Sadai Discussions about rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment are finally getting some media attention! Talking about any type of sexual exploitation has traditionally been something people considered taboo. Women suffered in silence because they blamed themselves for the man’s behavior, which meant men got away with it, over and over again. In a twisted way, one politician’s disgusting and degrading comments have publicly started a necessary conversation. Although I wish I hadn’t heard the horrible things {Read More}

The Aftermath Of Being Bullied

If someone physically assaults you, there’s usually evidence of the attack. There’s a noticeable mark that will heal with time. Unfortunately, the physical consequences of bullying are minor compared to the emotional pain that’s left behind. Being bullied leaves deep, emotional scars whether any physical harm actually occurred. The taunts and insults stick with the victim and manifest into self-doubt or even self-hatred. What the bully may interpret as harmless teasing can have a serious impact on someone’s self-esteem. Most {Read More}

Violence Doesn’t Solve Anything

Written by Jenn Sadai There is a well-known Martin Luther King quote that begins, “Hate begets hate, violence begets violence.” It’s an old quote yet its value rings just as true today. In fact, there are countless quotes and clichés based on the principle that violence only causes more violence, yet it seems to be so many people’s first reaction whenever they are physically assaulted. Someone pushes you around, so you push back. One country attacks another, and war breaks {Read More}

Why Victims Stay Silent

Victims don’t choose to be abused or bullied. They are not trying to seek attention or cause trouble for someone else. They are not asking to be insulted, raped or beaten. So, why do we treat them that way? It’s heartbreaking to see victims of bullying, rape, and abuse doubted and demoralized on social media once they finally muster enough courage to speak out. It takes a lot of guts to confront a bully, especially if the person you’re accusing {Read More}

BKO Advocate Actor Elliot Knight Speaks Out

Interview by Dana Jacoviello Elliot Knight is a man of many talents. This British gentleman is known for many things, but most recently his roles were as Merlin on the hit ABC show Once Upon A Time, and now he has a new hit show on CBS called American Gothic. Elliot grew up in the second largest city of the UK, Birmingham. While growing up he excelled in drama and won awards for his talents. He has performed on stage {Read More}

Bullied Just For Being You

Being bullied is mental and physical torture. No sane person would willingly volunteer to become a victim. Every day is filled with the anxiety of what might happen next. It’s hard to get out of bed when you’re anticipating you’ll be verbally or physically attacked later on. Mustering up the courage to leave your house seems impossible when you know there are threats waiting on the other side. Fear consumes your thoughts and affects every decision when you’re a victim {Read More}

Variety Is The Spice of Life

Since the beginning of mankind, society has struggled to accept those who are different. Throughout history, groups of people have been discriminated against based only on their race, gender, religion and nationality. Wars have been fought and lives have been lost over a person’s genetic makeup or personal beliefs. In the last few decades, the gay, lesbian and transgender community appear to be the target of this war against diversity. Homophobic fears have led to verbal and physical attacks on {Read More}

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