DITCH THE LABEL
Tackling the global issue of BULLYING
August 22, 2017
Ditch The Label is one of the largest anti-bullying charities in the world helping thousands of people, aged 12-25 each week to overcome bullying and the impact it has on their health, esteem, studies and social lives.
They work primarily online through their pioneering website and in partnership with online games and social networks. Innovation is at the core of all that they do and they believe that they can, and will beat bullying.
Within the past year, 1.5 million young people in the UK experienced bullying, with half of them never telling anybody through fear, embarrassment or a lack of faith from support systems. Through their work with schools, colleges and online communities, they conduct world-leading research on an ongoing basis to help them better understand the dynamics of bullying so that they can tackle it with interventions that work.
Bullying is a societal issue and they advocate that everybody has a role to play in reducing the effect and prominence of bullying. This is why they work hard through partnerships with celebrities, brands and the media to shift societal attitudes and to generate awareness of the issues affecting young people. Their focus is not only on those who experience bullying, but also on those who are doing the bullying. Bullying is a learnt behaviour and they won’t stop until it’s over.
Below are a few highlights from the The Annual Bullying Survey 2017 (click here to see the full survey):
From those who were bullied within the past year…
What kind of impact did the bullying have on you?
High Risk Demographics
BEING BULLIED – MY STORY:
Female, aged 17, North East.
“I was bullied for 3 years in school by the “popular” girl who was once my best friend. She turned all of my friends against me by telling them untrue things about me that I had supposedly said about them. She left me out of the group and I would walk round school on my own and sometimes I would even have dinner with the teachers because I was scared to walk round on my own in case they shouted things at me and laughed at me”.
Male, aged 13, South West.
“I was bullied about doing ballet because I am a boy and all of my friends who were boys played football and went on Xboxes and things like that. They said that I was a girl and that ballet was for girls. It went on for a few weeks before I told my mum and then a few days later I told my teacher who sorted it out really well. I have also been called ‘gay’ a lot in school because I hang around with girls when I am actually straight. I spoke to my mum a lot and have gone through a lot of tissues by crying”.
Transgender, aged 16, London.
“There was a gap in my education when I was sexually assaulted by a classmate. Multiple classes started spreading rumours about me, and my abuser walked free of no charges despite police involvement. I was left with no coping mechanism and nowhere to turn, and everybody I’d spoken to officially (counsellors, teachers, etc.) all phrased it in such a way that I was to blame. For around a year I took this to heart, thinking everything was my fault, even though I repeatedly said no. My friends started claiming I was faking it, and I fell ill to an eating disorder which left me hospitalised and being fed through a tube. As a result, I missed and failed a few of my GCSEs and I live in agitation and fear of knowing I’m never trusted wherever I go, yet a dangerous and abusive boy is fine to continue with no issues”.
Female, aged 13, South West.
“I was on instagram and I have a private account. Somebody that I didn’t know somehow had a picture of me and said that they would put my face on a nude picture if I didn’t answer the call. I didn’t answer the call. And to this day I don’t know if that person has put it online”.
For support, resources and ways to get involved, visit www.DitchtheLabel.org