May 28 to June 3 is #VictimsWeek in Canada. The goal of Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is to raise awareness about the issues facing victims and survivors of crime and their families.

Among our other missions for supporting the disability community with programs and services, a huge part of what we do has to do with raising awareness.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the Department of Justice Canada — to spread public awareness on the victimization of people with disabilities.

The theme for the Week is “Empowering Resilience.” We believe that resilience isn’t exclusive to the victims of bullying, resilience needs to be embodied by the witnesses too.

We want people to know that people of all ages and abilities deserve the same respect. We want people to know what we’re all the same. We’re #JustLikeYou.

Did you know that there are far more people who firmly believe in anti-bullying attitudes than those who don’t? If that’s the case, why are people with disabilities still being victimized? Trends that continue to happen include:

  • Bullies engaging in both implicit and explicit forms of social exclusion toward children with disabilities which often lead to verbal and physical bullying.
  • Adolescents with intellectual disabilities being significantly more likely to report being bullied than their typically developing peers.
  • Overall, students with disabilities are reporting proportionally higher rates of bullying, fighting, relational aggression, victimization, online victimization, and relational victimization than did their peers without disabilities.

Even though this are glaring points, there are things that you can do to make a difference right now:

  • Help children & youth feel socially including by building their confidence and offering peer support.
  • Consider being a friend to someone who doesn’t have support. Lead them to resiliency by helping them cope.
  • Talk to your friends, family and loved ones. Express your feelings non-violently and share with those who support you.

It’s a matter of mobilizing. Supporting anti-bullying sentiments are only half the battle. If we want to #StopBullying, we need to take action.

Join the conversation by using the hashtags:

#StopBullying, #JustLikeYou & #VictimsWeek

Show your support and resilience against bullying. Show us your willingness to be a part of the solution!

 


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