LIAAC and LINCS employees teamed up to show their support for National Bullying Prevention Month by wearing orange. Gail Barouh, CEO LINCS, said “It was encouraging seeing employees of both LIAAC and LINCS come together to support Unity Day and it’s message against bullying. LINCS is proud to provide several Anti-Bullying initiatives through their BiasHELP program.”
Governor Cuomo announced a series of new actions to combat the fentanyl crisis on September 28, 2017 in Farmingdale, NY. The Governor is advancing legislation to add 11 fentanyl types to the state controlled substance list, allowing law enforcement to go after those who manufacture and sell these drugs. The Governor also wants to stop insurers from placing arbitrary limits on the number of naloxone doses covered by insurance. Naloxone is used to reverse the effects of overdoses, and as Fentanyl is 50 times as powerful as heroin, more doses are required.
LINCS was invited to attend the announcement and sent Loida Santos, Director of Agency Programs, to represent the agency. Managing Director, Gail Barouh said, “I felt it was very important for our agency to show our support for this announcement, the deaths from overdoses in Suffolk County have reached epidemic levels.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in a 2016 national survey, 20% of high school students reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey. An estimated 16% of high school students reported in 2016 that they were bullied electronically in the 12 months before the survey.
Bullying is a form of youth violence; the CDC defines bullying as any unwanted aggressive behavior that involves an unbalance of power and is repeated multiple times. Bullying can also occur through any electronic device. The LGBT community has seen an increase of bullying, assaults and harassment in 2016.
LGBT bullying statistics show they suffer from more cyberbullying. According to GLSEN and BullyingStatistics.org:
42 % of LGBT youth have experienced cyberbullying
25 % more than once
35 % receive online threats
58 % say something bad is said to them or about them online.
33 % report sexual harassment online, which is four times higher than the experience of other students.
Cyberbullying of LGBT youths is three times higher than other student’s experience.
27 % of LGBT youth do not feel safe online.
20 % report receiving harassing text messages from other students.
In recognition of Bullying Prevention Month, the Long Island Network of Community Services will be working with several school districts on Long Island providing workshops on preventing /reducing the incidences of bullying/cyberbullying.