Take a Stand, Don't Stand By! October 20th

Take a stand, don’t stand by!
Advocates for Victims of Abuse has partnered with SASA (Students Advocating Social Awareness), and PACER Teens Against Bullying, to raise awareness across the country to STOP bullying now!

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in memory of the recent suicides brought on by bullying. Many of them suffered from homophobic abuse in their schools or in their homes. We want to take a stand to say that we will not tolerate this.

10.20.10 is the day you can be seen, heard, and taken seriously about your belief that bullying has to end. We are encouraging everyone everywhere to wear purple. Teens, adults, schools, and communities everywhere are encouraged to hold a special event to show they care about this important issue. The event can include music, give-aways, special speakers, petition signing, and more as people unite to join the movement against bullying. When someone becomes so lost in something that they feel the only escape is death there is a fundamental idea that has to be understood. Those people have had their reasoning taken away. A key component to themselves was stolen or ripped away and they are left without the defense of the desire to protect themselves. Bullying makes a person feel they have no self-worth, that they are unloved and unwanted. Those that commit suicide are not to blame. Nor are they to be "supported." They are to be loved and remembered.

This is an opportunity for individuals, groups, communities to acknowledge that bullying is not something that should be accepted. Physical bruises fade, but the marks bullying leaves on a person may never fade. As human to human, we should reach out to one another to alleviate pain, not to cause it.

Please wear purple on October 20th to remember all the lives of all those lives have been lost due to bullying. Take a stand, don’t stand by! Get involved!

If you, or someone you love is feeling overwhelmed and depressed please call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK. All calls are confidential and counselors are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For more information or referrals, contact a community advocate with the Advocates for Victims of Abuse at 623-2312, 623-2328. Email us at
humboldtava@sbcglobal.net or via our website at www.humboldtava.com All calls are confidential, advocates are mandatory reporters.