October is National Bullying Prevention Month
October 1, 2013 by Maureen McCarty, HRC Associate Director of Digital Media
This month, let us unite in a continued effort to raise awareness of the impact of bullying on youth and to highlight the importance of preventative measures.
According to HRC’s survey of 10,000 youth, Growing Up LGBT in America, LGBT middle school students reported far more harassment than LGBT high school students or straight students.
Among middle school LGBT students surveyed, 58 percent reported being excluded for being different, 67 percent reported being harassed and 28 percent reported being physically assaulted at school.
Bullying prevention needs to start when children are young. That's the goal of the HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools program which helps elementary schools foster an LGBT-inclusive approach to addressing family diversity, gender stereotyping, bullying and name-calling. All children and families deserve a school community in which students are welcome and respected.
To learn more about the HRC Foundation's Welcoming Schools program,, visit http://welcomingschools.org/
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