Responding to Bullying – especially among Girls

Rachel Simmons, 29, author of two books on girl bullying, has been on both sides of the playground fence: “I was both a bully and someone who was bullied. In particular my experience being bullied really stuck with me and hurt me. It was something that remained unresolved for me.” Years later, while researching her book, Odd Girl Out, she got in touch with the girl she had bullied–and apologized. Simmons speaks to student groups and works with the Empower Program, which gives workshops around the country on preventing school violence. She spoke with Beliefnet about “expanding people’s understanding of adolescent aggression—it’s not just the stocky boy in the schoolyard who is going to kick your butt for your lunch money.”

This is a detailed interview and can be reached via the link above

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