Monday, April 15, 2013

Brodie’s Legacy

Great Courage - "...We want to get it out there that bullying is not OK, it’s not on. If you step over the line and start to disturb someone mentally or physically, then you will have to take responsibility for what you do,” Mr Panlock said. Brodie's Law ambassador and anti-bullying coach Sue Anderson said people being bullied need to know that it’s okay to ask for help. “Speak up about what you are experiencing and seek help – you do not have to deal with this on your own,” Ms Anderson said. “It takes great courage to decide to interrupt and no longer participate in an ongoing bullying situation. You do not deserve to be bullied – you didn't ask for it, and you don't have to accept it.” "We all have the power to take a stand against bullying by listening to and supporting the target of the bullying, speaking up and spreading the word that bullying is never acceptable and is not welcome in our community,” Ms Anderson said..." - PRWEB, Victoria, Australia March 15, 2013 (READ MORE)

Serious Crime - "...Our family has been fighting to (have workplace bullying the subject of criminal charges for a year plus," he said. "We haven’t been sitting on our hands." "When you assault someone, that’s a criminal charge, isn’t it? Brodie was assaulted, physically, and there are witnesses. "Nothing’s ever too late ... If this can save someone else’s family ... in the future, if the law is good enough for that, fine. But if it’s not, it doesn’t mean a thing does it?" Victoria Police have not charged the men responsible for bullying Brodie. Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark said today that "serious bullying was a serious crime" and should carry a significant jail term. "These changes will put beyond doubt that the terrible suffering inflicted on Brodie Panlock will constitute the offence of stalking and carry a jail term of up to 10 years," he told 3AW. Mr Clark said Victorian families were "entitled to be confident" that young workers were protected from victimisation at work. "These changes should give parents confidence that their children can start out in the workforce without being victim to this terrible bullying..." - Thomas Hunter, The Age, April 5, 2011 (READ MORE)

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Bullying is an abusive treatment, the use of force or coercion to affect others, particularly when habitual and involving an imbalance of power. It may involve verbal harassment, physical assault or coercion and may be directed persistently towards particular victims, perhaps on grounds of race, religion, gender, sexuality, or ability. The "imbalance of power" may be social power and/or physical power. The victim of bullying is sometimes referred to as a "targeted individual" (Wikipedia).