Bullying is a serious problem that can affect people of any age. Bullying can include cyberbullying, hazing, harassment, stalking, and physical aggression. Experiencing bullying in college can be particularly isolating as students are away from friends and family. Individuals who experience bullying are at an increased risk for depression, anxiety, academic problems, substance abuse and suicide. The La Roche Counseling Department provides support and resources for any student experiencing bullying, and is committed to working with students to end all bullying.

Statistics on bullying (PACER National Bullying Prevention Center):

• One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year
• 64% of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36% reported the bullying
• More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied
• School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25%
• The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%) and race (16%)

Facts about bullying (PACER National Bullying Prevention Center):

• Bullying directly affects students’ ability to learn
• Students who are bullied are more likely to experience low self-esteem, isolation, perform poorly in school, experience physical symptoms (headaches, stomachaches, or problems sleeping), and experience mental health issues (depression, suicidal thoughts and anxiety)
• Bystanders can be powerful allies: 57% of bullying situations stop when a peer intervenes
• Bullying is not a “rite of passage” but a serious threat to student safety and well-being
• Bullying affects many aspects of the individual’s life:

o Education – School avoidance, loss of academic achievement and increase in dropout rates
o Health – Physical and emotional issues including stomachaches, headaches, sleeping issues, depression, fear, and anxiety
o Safety – Harm to self and others, including self-isolation, increased aggression, alienation and retaliation

• Anyone can bully, and anyone can be bullied
• Bullying is a behavior, not an identity
• Bullying is about power and control
How Young Adults Can Get Help (stopbullying.gov):
• Talk to someone you trust
• Determine if the behavior violates campus policies or laws. Review La Roche student Code of Conduct, PA state laws and PA civil rights laws
• Report criminal acts to campus or community law enforcement

Additional Resources:

https://www.niot.org/nios/collegeresources Not In Our Town College Resources
http://www.pacer.org/bullying/ PACER National Bullying Prevention Center
http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or call 1-800-273-TALK(8255). They provide 24/7, free, and confidential support for those in need.
https://www.stopbullying.gov/news/media/facts/index.html Provides additional information
http://www.endcyberbullying.org/ Provides resources regarding cyberbullying

Visit the La Roche University Counseling Center in Bold Hall Rooms 261 & 259. Schedule an appointment with a counselor by calling 412-847-2506.