WHEREAS bullying is a universal problem that affects people of all ages, genders and races, in all communities, schools and workplaces.
Bullying occurs in relationships where power is used to intimidate others and cause distress to individuals. Bullying can take many forms and can manifest itself as physical violence, alienation, emotional abuse, gossiping, racial and sexual harassment, homophobia and cyberbullying. Cyberbullying or online bullying has become one of the most dangerous and invasive forms of bullying in our society and is an issue of extreme concern, particularly among youth.
The lasting effects from bullying can be serious and enduring and can lead to poor mental and physical health, moral disengagement, and a diminished ability to form and sustain trusting and caring relationships.
Being safe in relationships is a fundamental human right. It is within our power as leaders, educators and parents to model respectful, fair and inclusive relationships. It is everyone's responsibility to raise awareness about bullying, teach prevention and stand up for those who are bullied.
The Toronto Coalition for the Awareness and Prevention of Bullying is dedicated to building a safe Toronto where everyone's right to live in a society free of violence, fear and harassment is protected and preserved.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim November 12 – 18, 2012 as "Bullying Awareness Week" in the City of Toronto. I encourage everyone to stand up to bullying.