Bullying 'On Spectrum of Domestic Violence"

By Becker, Stacey | Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque), September 20, 2012 | Go to article overview

Bullying 'On Spectrum of Domestic Violence"


Becker, Stacey, Telegraph - Herald (Dubuque)


if you go The Riverview Center will hold an anti-bullying rally titled "Speak Out, Reach Out, Stop the Silence" at 6 p.m. today at Washington Square. bully prevention summit The Governor's Bullying Prevention Summit will be held Nov. 27 at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines to raise awareness about bullying and to send the strongest possible message that communities must become more engaged in taking the steps needed to address bullying. Registration is $40 for adults and $20 for students. Iowa middle and high school students can submit a video by Nov. 1 no longer than 90 seconds about what their school is doing to prevent bullying and what more might be done. Each video should reflect the theme of "Preventing Bullying in Your School and Beyond." Videos that meet contest guidelines will be posted to Gov. Terry Branstad's YouTube channel. The public will be invited to choose a favorite video between Nov. 12 and 21. The top vote- getter will receive $500 to be used for bullying-prevention efforts at that school, along with a visit by Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds for an all-school assembly. A video contest winner will be announced at the summit. To register for the summit or to find video guidelines, visit https://preventbullying.iowa.gov/.

Community change didn't end with the showing of "Bully," an anti- bullying documentary, last spring.

"This is a big deal," said Josh Jasper, president and CEO of Riverview Center. "Thousands of kids throughout our service area are being affected by bullying, and not enough is being done in our community."

A spotlight has been placed on bullying, and Jasper has no intention of letting that spotlight dim.

"Bullying is on the spectrum of domestic violence, too," said Jessica Pape, a

violence-prevention educator with Riverview. "The sooner we can educate people, the better chance we have at ending all violence."

Since screening the movie for more than 4,000 people and allowing many students to see it for free, Riverview has held focus group meetings. Those meetings led to a realization of a lack of resources across the board.

Jasper said there is a need for specific counseling for kids affected by bullying and an interventionist position to work with kids who exhibit bullying behavior. …

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