Bullying is a significant problem that happens not only in school but also in the workplace. Bullying can happen online, and sadly too many lives have been lost due to bullying. It is the case whether it is cyberbullying or otherwise. The way to bring awareness is through a Day of Pink.
April 14th this year brings awareness out about bullying as it is the International Day of Pink. Why are there bullies? That stems from many reasons: there is no tolerance for differences, and bullies are also that way as they often come from abusive homes or have sociopathic tendencies. Bullies may also have PTSD, and either way, they take their frustrations and anger on those who appear different or ‘weaker.’
Bullies target social stigmas as weight is a common one, whether one is very overweight or very unweight. Those who are very short, have poor complexion, have a strange name, religion, or ethnicity, part of the LGBTQ community, and so on. Either way, bullying is an indication of hate and discrimination. The effects of bullying can destroy the victim’s psyche lifelong, which also depends on whether or not the victim has other trauma in their lives and resiliency levels.
Victims of bullying often suffer from mental health conditions such as depression, complex PTSD (if they have other trauma in their lives), anxiety, and can struggle with anger to the point it becomes unmanageable. That is why bullying needs to stop, and the Day of Pink is a day that supports anti-bullying.
The History Of International Day of Pink
The day’s formation began because of a bullying incident in Central Kings Rural High School in Nova Scotia, Canada. Two students with Travis Price and David Shepherd’s names saw a student wearing a pink shirt get bullied, and these students wanted to support the student. They encouraged other students to wear a pink shirt to show their support the following day, as this all began in 2007. Then a Canadian organization in Ottawa, Ontario called Jer’s Vision, a place for gender and sexual diversity, established the day officially and named the anti-bullying awareness day a Day of Pink.
How To Acknowledge International Day of Pink
If you bullied someone, you should reach out to them and send them an apology. Or, if you were the one bullied, why not share your experiences about it to let others who experienced bullying or are experiencing it, that they are not alone. If you are brave to share it, use #DayOfPink on a social media post.
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