Given the increased attention that bullying has been getting in the media lately as a result of tragic incidents that have occurred in Ohio and nationwide, it is an important time to address the intersections of bullying and sexual violence. The following links provide statewide and national resources, editorials and research about bullying, the intersections of bullying and sexual violence and information about what concerned community members can do to prevent bullying.
1. An editorial by the Dayton Daily News stresses the need for anti-bullying policies in Ohio's schools. "Suicides make anti-bullying policies essential."
2. This RH Reality Check editorial discusses a case study of how bullying is linked to sexual violence in schools. "From Bullying to Sexual Violence: When School Officials Fail to Act."
3. This Ohio Department of Education - Bullying Prevention Resources link provides Ohio specific information and has links to a model Anti-Harassment, Anti-Intimidation, and Anti-Bullying Policy for schools, training and presentation resources, and fact sheets for parents and kids. http://tinyurl.com/27kbhyf
4. On October 27, 2010, at 1:00 p.m. E.T., the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Working Group is hosting an upcoming webcast, entitled "Keeping the Momentum Going: A Webcast Follow-up to the Federal Bullying-Prevention Summit." The webcast will bring together organizational, federal, and academic leaders in addition to teachers, principals, school resource officers, students, and parents to continue the national conversation on bullying prevention. Register online at https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register827891504.
5. An important and moving message from Ellen DeGeneres about bullying particularly as it relates to LGBTQI teenagers: http://tinyurl.com/2fzkfha. Ellen's website also provides a number of links to organizations that are all devoted to ending bullying: http://tinyurl.com/2wa47ku.
6. A Canton Repository editorial about recent teen suicides caused by bullying in Mentor, Ohio. "Peer pressure aside, children take their behavioral cues from the adults in their lives. Disparaging comments made at home about certain groups, or about people perceived as somehow different, are viewed by kids as the go-ahead for bullying." Bullying has taken toxic, deadly turn: - http://tinyurl.com/3y3bd64
7. Education.com provides a number of articles, fact sheets, and other resources for parents and kids about bullying in school as well as cyber bullying. http://www.education.com/topic/school-bullying-teasing/
8. Stop Bullying Now! The US Department of Health and Human Services offers flash movies, games, and information about bullying and how to prevent it. www.stopbullyingnow.hrsa.gov/
9. A research paper on "The theoretical and empirical links between bullying behavior and male sexual violence perpetration." This paper present results from a review of research on bullying and sexual violence and discusses the potential shared and unique risk and protective factors of each subject within a social-ecological framework. The paper concludes with suggested directions for future research. http://tinyurl.com/3aykd5l
10. Stop Bullying Now! This organization's website presents practical research-based strategies to reduce bullying in schools and also provides further resources and training materials. http://www.stopbullyingnow.com/index.html