Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Ditch the Label. Your World. Prejudice Free.

Ditch the Label is one of UK's largest award-winning anti-bullying charities. It supports young people between 13 and 25 years of age.

The non-profit organisation is based in Brighton and was founded by then 21-year-old activist Liam Hackett in 2012 who had experienced emotional and physical homophobic bullying at school and was even hospitalised one time (via). Ditch the Label works with schools, colleges, charities and young people in general who experience bullying (via). Since 2013, it has been releasing the Annual Bullying Survey, the "largest annual benchmark of bullying trends in the UK" every year (via). Here are some key findings (literally taken from the 2015 report, n = 3023 from 73 different establishments):
Appearance is cited as the number 1 aggressor of bullying, with 51% saying they were bullied because of attitudes towards how they look. 26% said their weight was targeted, 21% body shape, 18% clothing, 14% facial features, 9% glasses and 8% hair colour. 23% a females with ginger hair cited their hair colour as the bullying aggressor. Overall, 47% of young people want to change their appearance. 48% want teeth whitening, 17% breast implants, 6% liposuction and 5% botox. 40% of respondents reported being bullied for personal appearance 36% reported being bullied for body shape, size and weight.
Highest risk to bullying were the following groups: all types of disability, LGBT and low income backgrounds.

- Ditch the Label website - link
- The Annual Bullying Survey 2015 - download

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