TAKE THE PLEDGE: Everyone deserves to be respected for who they are. I pledge to spread this message to my friends, family and neighbors. I’ll speak up against hate and intolerance whenever I see it, at school and at work. I’ll provide hope for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and other bullied teens by letting them know that “It Gets Better.”
A number of businesses and organizations are in coalition to provide awareness and protection for the escalating problem. Some aim to inform and provide measures to avoid as well as effectively terminate cyber-bullying and cyber-harassment.
Cyber Bullying has become a worldwide problem because of the difficulty to track its occurrences. In some cases it has been accepted as humor, but when is it taken to far? When a child has taken his or her own life?
The boy you punched in the hall today, committed suicide a few minutes ago.
The girl you pushed down the other day, is already being abused at home.
The boy you called lame, has to work every night to support his family.
That girl you called fat, she’s starving herself.
The man you made fun of because of his scars, fought for our country.
The boy you made fun of for crying, his mother is dying. “
Born This Way Foundation
Led by Lady Gaga and her mother, was founded in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. The Foundation is dedicated to creating a safe community that helps connect young people with the skills and opportunities they need to build a braver, kinder world.
“We believe that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in the world. Together, we will move towards acceptance, bravery and love.”
Attitudes are not something you have when you are born; they are learned through experiences and contact with others and even through distinct instructions from parents, teachers, and other important people in a person’s life. For instance if a child grows up around their parents having a negative attitude toward gays or a certain race they likely will have that same attitude. Just like the Jamey Rodemeyer, and Ryan Halligan case, where both boys were oppressed for being gay.