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Statute of Limitations on Blaming the Bully?

There is something I want to get off my chest for some time now – and I don’t think anyone’s actually posted about this – it’s the reactive responses of the bullied person. Over the last few years, there has been a rise in awareness on bullying at school across Australia. It is on the news at least on a weekly basis, if not more.

What has really set me off is the way they make out how “victimised” the bullied person is. Not too long ago, they were advertising “Say No To Bullying Day” on 97.3fm – I listen to the radio on the way to and from work, and every time I hop in the car, I have to listen to the same advert over and over – with one lady claiming:

“I was constantly bullied at school. I have grown up being afraid to go anywhere or do anything. I am so scared I don’t even have a driver’s licence. I am also unemployed because of it.”

Firstly, I want to make it clear that I do not like bullying, nor do I condone it. I am well aware of the fact that bullying and victimisation can have detrimental effects on people – especially school aged children. It causes a whole host of problems, including self-esteem issues, inadequacy, lower grades, etc – the list goes on.

What I don’t understand can’t wrap my head around, is the progression of these problems to adulthood. It is okay to cry out for help and raise awareness for children whom are defenceless against bullies. However, by adulthood, you should have the means and knowledge to stand up for yourself and protect yourself. That’s right – YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND YOURSELF PEOPLE. The Anti-discrimination Act is always there to protect you lawfully from victimisation as well, if you need it.

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