Being Bullied Due to Sexuality

In an article I read this week, a 20 year old #@$%anese woman spoke about her life. She talked about being accused of not being “girly enough,” and how she was frequently swarmed by students and beaten with a roll of paper. Her teachers witnessed the abuse again and again but did nothing. She begged her junior high classmates for help -- but they told her to endure the abuse, that high school would be easier. She said that this was too commonly the case in #@$%an, as is the case in many places around the world. The reason she was always being bullied was due to her sexuality as she was bi-sexual. Being anything other than the commonly accepted hetero-sexual is frowned upon in many cultures and seen as a bad thing in many countries. This is not right and lives are constantly being affected by it, people fail to notice how impacting events like this can be on the lives of young people. There was a related UNESCO report released recently that documents the widespread failure to address #@$%phobic and transphobic bullying in schools across Asia and the Pacific, which is a huge issue. How do you think it can or should be addressed within these countries? Have you been affected by bullying whether related to your sexuality or not? Check out the report from UNESCO for more information on the statistics.

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