Would it surprise you to know that those who witness bullying may be more impacted than those who are victims or those who bully? According to the American Psychological Association, “Students who witnessed acts of bullying were more likely to report greater psychological distress than those students who were bullies or victims, according to the results. This was the case even for students who had not been victims themselves, although being both a witness and a victim did also significantly predict mental health problems.”
Our Global Community Partnership with Stand For The Silent (featured on PBS Independent Lens) offered a platform and a voice to children and adults standing against bullying by helping them to get what’s on the inside …out in a whole new way. Stand For The Silent has delivered their message of hope to over 1, 364, 000 kids in over 1,275 schools.
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The Bully Diaries by Writing for the Soul Workshop™ retails in stores at $16.99, but your donation of just $439.99 covers the cost for me to distribute books to 50 young club members! A donation letter will be emailed to you, and we will add labels to the book cover in honor of you, your church, business or loved one if you like. Your donation of any amount will be used to purchase books for distribution at a Boys and Girls Club near you.
Writing for the Soul Workshop™ is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Writing for the Soul Workshop™ must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
About The Bully Diaries:
Chances are that you experienced bullying in your life. Whether your experience was as a victim, a bystander or the bully, if you search your memories, you will probably find instances when bullying was a part of your life. For many of us, these experiences have defined us and shaped us. Our experiences made us stronger, and helped us become who we are today.
When you are being bullied, it is hard to think about much more than getting through today. For others, there is no today. Their experience being bullied was too overwhelming, and drove them to a devastating and permanent solution to the temporary pain.
Through a community partnership with Stand for the Silent, Writing for the Soul Workshop collected stories, letters and poems from youth, teens and adults from around the world. These stories are pieces of lives impacted by bullying; written to show everyone affected by bullying that you are not alone, that you can survive the experience, that you are somebody.
“Ty had a big heart and always had a big smile for everyone. He loved to hunt and help others. Ty was small for his age. Two years of being bullied was just too much for him. He retaliated against the bully and was suspended. We lost Ty on May 13th, 2010.” -Kirk Smalley, From the Forward of The Bully Diaries
A portion of the proceeds from book sales goes to support Stand for the Silent.