I would like to thank Lisa Ford-Berry and the rest of her staff from B.R.A.V.E. Society, for giving me an opportunity to be a part of this year’s Say Something, Do Something Conference. I represented the Sheriff’s Department on a panel consisting of other representatives from the faith-based community, education, and actual high school students from all over California.
The topic of bullying may not be an easy one to simply jump in and talk about. There is no easy solution on how to best address the complex challenges of bullying and as a result, many parents, educators, and/or students are left without resources to adequately deal with this issue.
BRAVE’S goal is to educate people – People should feel empowered to Say Something and to Do Something if they See Something related to bullying. The good news, THERE ARE RESOURCES for people of all ages. Websites, brochures, people to talk to 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.
The key part to all of these resources is YOUR ability/desire to utilize it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help… If you are parent, TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS.
Talking about bullying, no matter how difficult it may be, is very important. People like Lisa make it possible to not only discuss this topic, but to actually Do Something about it.
For more information and to get you started go to the McGeorge School of Law’s very own Victims of Crime Resource Center at www.1800victims.org.