Unite Against Bullying on Unity Day, Oct. 10
Join PACER and AVA-CASA and “Make It
During National Bullying Prevention Month
As a show of support to children who are bullied, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and Advocates for Victims of Abuse- Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates invites everyone to wear orange on Unity Day, Wednesday, Oct. 10, during National Bullying Prevention Month.
Types of bullying:
“Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year - upwards of 13 million students,” said
While we hear so much about bullying in schools and between youths, AVA-CASA Director's Rebecka Swatman and Chelle Robinson point out how bullying isn't just a youth concern. Parents and adults also deal with bullying in their communities and workplaces. One would think that as people mature and progress through life, certain behaviors would change and mature as well.. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Sadly, adults can be bullies, just as children and teenagers can be bullies. While adults are more likely to use verbal bullying as opposed to physical bullying, the fact of the matter is that adult bullying exists. The goal of an adult bully is to gain power over another person, and make himself or herself the dominant adult. They try to humiliate victims, exclude them, and damage their reputations.
Whether it be a child or adult, how do you know if someone is being bullied and what do we look for?
Facts on bullying:
There are many ways to support the cause:
Wear a Celebrity-Designed, Customized or Official T-Shirt
PACER is making it easy this year for everyone to wear orange – either a design of their own, one created by a celebrity or one created for them. Official National Bullying Prevention Month T-shirts for Unity Day will be available on the PACER website for a limited time. The website also features a section so anyone can customize an orange shirt. Individual or group orders can be made for any of the T-shirts, and all proceeds support the work of PACER’s
Share the Unity Message
In addition to wearing orange, people can update their Facebook status to the Unity Day message at PACER.org/Bullying, visit the Unity Day Facebook page to “Share” and “Attend” the Unity Day Event, and post pictures of anyone wearing orange to PACER’s Unity Day Facebook page. Students can also take part by distributing orange “Unity” ribbons and writing “Unity” on their hands or school binders. During Unity Day’s debut in 2011, thousands of students, co-workers and even television personality Ellen DeGeneres spread the message of support by wearing orange, the official color of bullying prevention.
“This is a great way to make a powerful statement,” said
PACER is also partnering with Facebook on a new “school event toolkit” that will help students organize their own bullying prevention event. It’s coming soon to PACER.org/Bullying.
PACER originated National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. National partners of the month include the National Education Association, the American Federation for Teachers, the National
About AVA-CASA: Based in Winnemucca, NV, AVA-CASA works to to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and bullying. Free self-defense classes and are offered monthly, kids classes and anti-bullying classes are also offered free to the public.
Tri-County CASA supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of abuse and neglected children in Humboldt, Lander, and