6th Grader B. Wright Stands Up For the LGBTQ Community & Bullying In A Big Way: She Will Not Be Silenced

Written by B. Wright I am a 6th Grader living in Florida. Over the past few years I have personally noticed a recurring issue that is unfortunately affecting countless of innocent people who don’t deserve this treatment. I had originally started this letter with the intention to present it to my peer counseling class, which is an elective class that teaches us all about kindness, how to work together with others, and basically get along in a world where not {Read More}

Bullying Awareness Month: Diana’s Story

Written by Diana Fusella I was bullied for most of my childhood, except I didn’t even realize that’s what it was until I started reading the stories. I lead a very sheltered life as my parents were strict, so I was a bit naive to it all, I just thought that was the way things were.  At first I was bullied because of my nationality, even though I was born in Australia, my parents were born in Italy, so I {Read More}

You Are Enough: A Look Inside Conversion Therapy

Written by Kendall Jordan Conversion therapy. You may or may not have heard the term before. Essentially, it’s a form of religious therapy that endeavours to change any non-heterosexual individual into a heterosexual, though it’s been widely discredited as a genuine therapeutic tool in recent years. It involves a series of intense, and usually shame inducing practices, and is incredibly damaging – to the point that it’s often referred to as spiritual abuse. One case in Australia involved a young {Read More}

The Fight For Marriage Equality In Australia

Written by Kendall Claire It surprises me when people from other countries express surprise about Australia’s lack of equality. There seems to be a general assumption from the rest of the world that, as a westernized country, we must also have equal rights for LGBTQ people – yet we don’t. The sad truth is, we have been fighting for our right to legally marry well beyond the change of law in countries like the U.S. and New Zealand. Somehow, as {Read More}

Ending Reparative Therapy

Written by Brittany Brown         Anecdotal stories of a harmful practice have cropped up over the years, with brief coverage in the mainstream. We saw a revival of this conversation most recently with the 2016 election when Mike Pence was appointed as Donald Trump’s running mate, now Vice President. While Pence has been a vocal centerpiece in his own state of Indiana for issues such as limiting women’s reproductive healthcare, marriage equality, and discrimination ordinances, one of {Read More}

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}

There’s No Excuse For Abuse

Written by Jenn Sadai Abuse comes in many forms, from many sources and most often, both the abuser and the victim find a way to justify it. I made up a lot of excuses for the way my ex treated me. He had a hard life; he struggled with mental illness, and didn’t mean to do the things he did. Deep down he was a good guy who couldn’t control his response to all the hardships in his life. He {Read More}

Dear Abuser, Or I Could Say Mom

Written by Anonymous For years I wondered what would I say to the woman who gave birth to me if I ever had the chance to release my feelings and emotions completely. What would I say to the biggest bully in my world. Would I yell and scream? Probably not, because that is what she did for years. I prefer normal and calm conversation, but by association, I did fall into that for a while years back. I tried my {Read More}

I Was Sexually Assaulted, And I Am Not Afraid

Written by Anonymous We all have experiences throughout our lives, but sometimes we have ones that we never tell to a single soul. It might be rare, but it happens. As much as we can have a support system, there are always secrets. One in particular is weighing on me lately to share in detail. What sparked me to finally come out was the fact that I see so many people on social media making light of such a serious {Read More}

Six Tips for Taming a Bully

Written by Jenn Sadai If you’re being bullied or have ever been bullied, the idea of taming a bully probably seems impossible. They’re relentless with their insults and abuse, so it’s hard to envision the bully being willing to stop. Although these tips won’t work on every bully, they are probably your best hope of subduing their verbal and physical attacks.   1) Sympathy Soothes – Most victims don’t realize that bullies are also insecure. They think they’ll feel better {Read More}

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