Bullying is a form of abuse that can be damaging both mentally and physically to the victim. However, it remains important that victims of abuse seek help from their school administration, teachers, parents, friends, guidance counsellors, or any other person they trust, to ensure that this cycle of abuse does not accelerate.
When it comes to recovering from an abusive experience, school provides a place to seek help. It is important for the abused to realize that physical violence is not the appropriate method of resolving a problem with a bully. Friends, teachers and guidance counsellors can help victims resolve their conflicts through effective communication and non-violent remediation.

The Anti-Homophobia Alliance is an environment where victims can find support. This club consists of a group of students dedicated to making Victoria Park a positive space that is acceptant to all sexual orientations. The club meets every Wednesday at lunch, and offers a means of support for victims of bullying.

Ms.Gottlieb, a teacher at VP who has offered her room as a positive space for students, explained, “Bullying is a form of harassment. There are clear rules placed in our schools and in society against bullying. They should be followed.”

“No student should face bullying at school. Our schools should be positive spaces for every student no matter who they are,” she added.

A Victoria Park student, who wishes to remain anonymous, suggested that calling a hotline was an effectual method of finding solutions to bullying. She said that one of her friends informed Kids Help Phone about being bullied and found it helpful. Kids Help Phone can be reached at 1-800-668-6868, and is free, anonymous and confidential. This helpline offers victims an opportunity to discuss their problems with adults who listen and offer valuable advice.

When asked what she would do if she were bullied, the VP student replied, “Talking to a friend always makes it better, so that would be my first choice.” Friends that understand can offer advice based on their knowledge of one’s personality and situation.

Scheduling an appointment with a teacher or talking to the bully can also aid in ending the abuse.

Although being bullied can be difficult to deal with, it is important to know that help is available. Friends, teachers, parents and guidance counsellors are people who victims can talk to in order to find the support they need to stand up to a bully or deal with a violent situation. Recovery may be a long and difficult road, but remember that there are people that are here to offer support.