Bullying is spread rapidly and it’s terrifying, survey shows

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ST LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 09: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on October 9, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri. This is the second of three presidential debates scheduled prior to the November 8th election. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Human Rights Campaign has issued the results of a survey of the American youth which showed that bullying rates grew rapidly after the Presidential election. The survey of more than 50,000 people aged 13-18, asked whether they faced with harassment and bullying since November. And 70 percent of respondents said they had witnessed bullying, hate messages or harassment since the election. From those who had witnessed such acts, 79 percent said they thought it had taken place more often since the start of the campaign. 70 percent of those who said they had witnessed such behaviour said it was based on bias. 63 percent said they thought it was witnessed by sexual orientation and 55 percent because of gender.

“We’re grateful that so many young people trusted us with their stories, and heartbroken by how profoundly the political climate is affecting them — especially youth of colour, LGBTQ youth, and youth-targeted because of their faith,” HRC Foundation Senior Research Manager Gabe Murchison says of the survey, “We are calling on politicians to explicitly denounce bias and reject support from hate groups, and all adults to take responsibility for the safety and well-being of our young people,” Murchison adds. “Young people who participated in our survey told us they need three things in the wake of this election: their identities and fears taken seriously, adults to stand up against bias and harassment, and a chance to get involved politically to ensure that our country’s leaders are committed to the safety and equality of all.”

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