Sunday, March 3, 2013

"To This Day"

Two stories, one subject: Bullying.

From HuffPo...
Viewed more than 4.3 million times (and counting), the soul-expanding video tells the stories of bullied children and focuses not only on the trauma of isolated youth and the battle to overcome emotional scars, but also on the hope of a better tomorrow. 
The poet, who has also launched a "To This Day" anti-bullying project, explained on the project's website that his own experiences with bullying as a youngster inspired him to want to confront and raise awareness about this widespread problem. 
"My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways," he said on the site. 
According to, "over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year." Additionally, one in seven students in grades K-12 is said to be involved in bullying -- whether as a bully or a bullying victim.
And the impact on both can last decades.

From Reuters...
Researchers have known that bullying can take a psychological toll on both bullies and victims, but it's been unclear just how long those effects would last. 
In the new study, depression and anxiety tied to bullying at school persisted at least through people's mid-twenties. Worst off were those who had been both bullies and targets of bullying, according to findings published Wednesday in JAMA Psychiatry.

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