This month, the Community Counseling Center of the Child Advocacy Program will bring awareness to bullying and domestic violence, as October is National Bullying Prevention Month and Domestic Violence Awareness Month. For more information on the Child Advocacy Program, call 214-4002.
Five statistics on bullying:
- One in seven students in grades K-12 are either a bully or have been a victim of bullying
- Six out of 10 teenagers say they witness bulling in school once a day
- 35 percent of kids have been threatened online
- One out of every 10 students who drop out of school does so because of repeated incidents of bullying
- An estimated 160,000 U.S. children miss school each day due to fear of attack or intimidation by others students
Five ways to help children when dealing with bullies:
- Tell an adult- Reporting to an adult is asking for help, not tattling.
- Don’t show your feelings– Bullies like control, don’t show them you are sad or mad
- Avoid the bully- Simply walk away, pretend like you didn’t even hear them
- Act confident– Bullies avoid people who stand sure of themselves.
- Respond Neutrally– Confuse the bully respond with “Who cares?” or “Eh, maybe” or “Hmm, I don’t know”
Six statistics on domestic violence:
- Most domestic violence incidents are never reported
- One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime
- Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women–more than car accidents muggings and rapes combined
- Every nine seconds in the U.S., a woman is assaulted or beaten
- Every year, one woman out of three who is a victim of homicide is murdered by her current or former partner
- The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that domestic violence is third leading cause of homelessness in families
If you need help, report the abuse by calling 911 or local authorities or call the Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800 799-7233 or visit https://www.thehotline.org.