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Victorians Urged to take a Stand Against Bullying
One year on from the introduction of Brodie’s law that outlawed serious bullying, a campaign is urging workplaces to take a stand against bullying and report such behaviour to authorities.
The ‘Take a stand against bullying’ campaign will see information about bullying and bullying laws distributed to more than 8,000 schools, workplaces and police stations across Victoria.
Launching the campaign at Lifeline headquarters in Melbourne this week, Attorney-General, Robert Clark said that the new campaign is about reminding people that bullying can have extremely damaging consequences and that there are resources out there to assist anyone enduring serious bullying.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe in our community and no one should be forced to put up with the fear and degradation of persistent bullying,” Mr Clark said.
“To stamp out bullying behaviour, authorities rely on information from the community so if you or someone you know is being bullied, report it. “
Brodie’s Law was introduced after the tragic suicide of a young Victorian woman, Brodie Panlock, who was subjected to ongoing, serious bullying in her workplace.
Brodie’s parents, Damien and Rae Panlock said they were proud to support the campaign and all efforts to combat the scourge of bullying.
“Having experienced the devastation that results from merciless bullying, we are passionate about stamping out bullying, whether it be in the workplace, the school yard or somewhere else,” Mr and Mrs Panlock said.
“It is our hope that the thousands of posters and pamphlets that will be distributed through this campaign will inspire anyone who is a victim of bullying or has witnessed bullying behavior, to report it.”
For information about Victoria’s anti-bullying laws, visit our Brodie’s Law section.
‘Take a stand against bullying’ campaign posters
To order posters contact Amelia Matthews from Strategic Communication Branch on (03) 8684 0301.