We are all survivors

For the past couple of days, I’ve heard the term “survivor of bullying” tossed around in the media and general conversations. This term seems really silly to me, I mean the majority of people are “survivors of bullying,” at least the majority that I know. Everyone I know was bullied at some point in their lives, whether as a youth or even as an adult. But we turned to the resources around us and got through it, perhaps even stronger for it.

I have all the sympathy in the world for people who think there is no other solution to bullying than taking their own lives. Hell, I was friends with someone who did it when we were 14. What I don’t have sympathy for is the “survivors” who are using a young girl’s tragedy to further themselves, to get in the media, to be the spokespeople for the anti-bullying campaign. Each one of us who has lived through junior high, high school, university or even a job can be a spokesperson against bullying. I think we need to stop classifying everyone as a victim and focus on helping people get through the tough times when they think there is no where else to turn.

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