Friday April 3, 2020

From bystander to hero

With the global rise in bullying comes the question: how can we take positive action in the moment, instead of standing by? Sarah Henstra, who has just written a novel about bullying and assault on a university campus, says we need to change the culture and empower ourselves to stand up for each other

17th March, 2019
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When I was ten years old, my best friend Tracy and I made an excursion one Saturday to the public library. With our bags full of newly checked-out books, we were unlocking our bikes when a couple of teenaged girls, smoking cigarettes on a nearby bench, started to harass us. “Is that bike for sale?” one of them asked, wrenching it out of Tracy’s grasp. “Or maybe it’s for free!” Over our protests she hopped...

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