National Bullying Prevention Month

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.

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Orlando Night Club Massacre

The Long Island Network of Community Services is in mourning for the dozens of lives lost in the horrific attack at the Pulse Night Club in Orlando. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the dead and injured.

While the nation has made progress in ensuring the rights of LGBT persons, including the right to marriage just last year, continuing violence and discrimination against people based on their race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion must be condemned in the strongest terms. And because the perpetrator may have suffered from internal homophobia, a virulent form of self-hate, which clearly is as dangerous as societal homophobia, we call for the availability of mental health services for LGBT persons struggling with anger and violent behaviors.

LINCS, inc. via its BiasHELP project, provides self-assessment and counseling services; as well as education, technical assistance and consultation to schools and community organizations to prevent and address discrimination, harassment and violence. Utilizing a team of skilled educators, BiasHELP conducts specially tailored trainings on bullying/techno bullying as well as trainings on racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia and other forms of discrimination.