Great Courage – “…We want to get it out there that bullying is not OK, it’s not on. If you step over the line and start to disturb someone mentally or physically, then you will have to take responsibility for what you do,” Mr Panlock said. Brodie’s Law ambassador and anti-bullying coach Sue Anderson said people being bullied need to know that it’s okay to ask for help. “Speak up about what you are experiencing and seek help – you do not have to deal with this on your own,” Ms Anderson said. “It takes great courage to decide to interrupt and no longer participate in an ongoing bullying situation. You do not deserve to be bullied – you didn’t ask for it, and you don’t have to accept it.” “We all have the power to take a stand against bullying by listening to and supporting the target of the bullying, speaking up and spreading the word that bullying is never acceptable and is not welcome in our community,” Ms Anderson said…” – PRWEB, Victoria, Australia March 15, 2013 (READ MORE)
Serious Crime – “…Our family has been fighting to (have workplace bullying the subject of criminal charges for a year plus,” he said. “We haven’t been sitting on our hands.” “When you assault someone, that’s a criminal charge, isn’t it? Brodie was assaulted, physically, and there are witnesses. “Nothing’s ever too late … If this can save someone else’s family … in the future, if the law is good enough for that, fine. But if it’s not, it doesn’t mean a thing does it?” Victoria Police have not charged the men responsible for bullying Brodie. Victorian Attorney-General Robert Clark said today that “serious bullying was a serious crime” and should carry a significant jail term. “These changes will put beyond doubt that the terrible suffering inflicted on Brodie Panlock will constitute the offence of stalking and carry a jail term of up to 10 years,” he told 3AW. Mr Clark said Victorian families were “entitled to be confident” that young workers were protected from victimisation at work. “These changes should give parents confidence that their children can start out in the workforce without being victim to this terrible bullying…” – Thomas Hunter, The Age, April 5, 2011 (READ MORE)
mightyfrogfilms: A scene from John Somers’s interactive theatre production, “Difficult Labour”, performed by excellent young actors from Exeter University – the Zigger Theatre Company. The clip is from performances at the Tim Field Memorial Lecture at Aston University on 8th November 2008 and at Newman University College, Birmingham, on 7th November 2008.
Tim Field on bullying: “The purpose of bullying is to hide the inadequacy of the bully and has nothing to do with “management” or the achievement of tasks. Bullies project their inadequacies onto others to distract and divert attention away from the inadequacies. In most cases of workplace bullying reported to the UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line, the bully is a serial bully who has a history of conflict with staff. The bullying that one sees is often also the tip of an iceberg of wrongdoing which may include misappropriation of budgets, harassment, discrimination, as well as breaches of rules, regulations, professional codes of conduct and health and safety practices…Bullying is, I believe, the underlying behavior and thus the common denominator of harassment, discrimination, stalking and abuse. What varies is the focus for expression of the behavior. For instance, a harasser or discriminator focuses on race or gender or disability.” Bully at Work Interview with Tim Field
Tim Field was a prominent British anti-bullying activist with his main focus relating to workplace bullying. He was born in Eastbourne on 24 April 1952. From 1971 to 1975 he studied computing science in Stafford at the North Staffordshire Polytechnic, now Staffordshire University, and was awarded a First Class Honours degree. He then worked in the computer industry for nineteen years until he had to stop due to the effects of experiencing severe workplace bullying (Wikipedia).