Bullying happens not only to children, but to people of all ages and all walks of life. One of the most disturbing bullying statistics 2012 produced was a survey done by the popular job search website, CareerBuilder.com. 35 percent of more than 3,800 workers surveyed claimed that they had been bullied at their workplaces. 16 percent said they suffered from health problems caused by this bullying. 17 percent said that, despite the terrible economy, they were forced to quit because of bullying.
Media attention in recent years has brought the problem of bullying into the national spotlight. Some people like Reason.tv’s Nick Gillespie reason that since previous generations did not make a great deal of bullies, the current attention to bullying is mere sensationalism instead of a real concern. However, in America’s past, many things were tolerated which are now condemned, such as slavery or not allowing minorities to vote.
Human beings are an aggressive species. Bullying probably started as soon as two humans could stand upright. One probably couldn’t stand seeing the other standing, too, and promptly knocked him down. However, humans are not doomed to being bullied. We are a species that can learn to behave with others rather than to react purely on instinct. Just as we can learn to be bullies, we can also learn not to be bullies.
Victims of bullies often feel all alone. They may not report their bully because they feel that no one would believe them or do anything to help them. According to a 2010 study done by the Regional Educational Laboratory of Northeast and Islands (REL-NEI), 40 percent of bullying incidents in schools go unreported. The study looked at 5000 more than students aged 12 to 18.
The older a person gets, the less likely they are to report their abuses. The CareerBuilder.com survey of 2012 (mentioned earlier) noted that about 50 percent of all workplace bullying goes unreported. NBC News reported that the bullying statistics 2013 for senior citizens is on the rise in America, where one in ten seniors are verbally or physically abused.
In recent years, there has been a rise in the number of bullying cases reported or prosecuted. These numbers only show a fraction of the bullying problem in America. Studies often concentrate on a single area, such as one state, or concentrate on only part of bullying, such as bullying n schools. There is no accurate national picture of bullying as a whole. However, if you have been bullied or know someone that has been bullied then you already know how bad the bullying problem is in America.
According to a June 2012 report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 12 teenagers will attempt suicide. Many of these teens are victims of cyber bullying or from conventional bullying. These numbers will keep on rising unless bullies are reported and punished for their actions. Bullying is not an inevitable part of the human condition. Fortunately, there has been a rise in anti-bullying laws across the nation.