The patron saint of those that suffer from bullying is St. Kentigern Mungo.
“God is a shield above me saving the upright of heart.” -Psalm 7:11
Bullying is a common occurrence in the lives of children and many children will experience bullying at some time. Although bullying happens most often at school, bullying doesn’t stop at the schoolhouse door. It also occurs in the community-wherever children and youth gather.
School-based bullying prevention programs benefit from support and involvement from the community. Our Church must also be aware of this type of harassment and allow ways to serve them.
This fact sheet, Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Bullying, written by Nels Ericson of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), discusses juvenile bullying. Juvenile bullying is a form of violence among children that has come under intense scrutiny amid reports that it may have been a contributing factor in recent school shootings and that it may be related to other forms of juvenile violence. This OJJDP fact sheet defines bullying, noting that it can take three forms: physical, verbal, and psychological. It also describes a recently published report by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and summarizes the report’s findings on the long- and short-term effects of bullying. The fact sheet concludes with a discussion of the Bullying Prevention Program, an initiative designed to reduce bullying by intervening at the school, classroom, and individual levels.
The publication, “Walk a Mile in Their Shoes,” is provided by AbilityPath.org an on-line hub and special needs community for parents and professionals. This document, Bullying and the Child with Special Needs, provides information for parents and educators on the issue of bullying of students with special needs.
Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-877-854-3594
Human Options provides a safe haven and life changing programs to help abused women, their children and families to help rebuild their lives. Working with the community to break the cycle of domestic violence by providing, safety, healing, and a way forward.
Emergency Women’s Shelter
Someone is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Any woman in a domestic violence situation is eligible to seek shelter for herself and her children. Women without children or with adult aged children are also eligible. Men seeking shelter services will be referred to another safe shelter or safety net program.