Brits Launch Anti-Bullying Campaign
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 20, 2006
RICHMOND, ENGLAND--A major anti-bullying campaign has been launched this week in England, with specific efforts to combat verbal and physical harassment of people -- especially children -- with disabilities.
A study done last year by a coalition of agencies found that bullying -- ranging from name calling to physical assaults -- was widespread. And a recent study by the Anti-Bullying Alliance found that more than one-half of school age children witnessed seeing another young person bullied last year, but that most of them failed to report what they had seen.
On Monday, the Alliance launched its Anti-Bullying Week to educate the public on the issue.
At the same time, the Richmondshire District Council published its "Keeping Safe" packet, which is designed to tell people with disabilities how to report such 'hate crimes', and to raise the awareness within the social services on how to deal with instances of bullying and abuse.
"Clampdown on bullying of disabled" (BBC News)
"Bullying 'a culture of silence'" (BBC News)
"Help to cut harassment of people with learning disabilities" (24dash.com)