MANILA, Philippines – Rappler turns purple – the color of a bruise.
On October 20, Saturday, Rappler turns its avatar purple as it joins many others all over the world in celebrating Spirit Day, a campaign first initiated by the organization GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) to protest the bullying of lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender youth. In succeeding years, it’s taken broader overtones to include bullying in all its forms.
Whether it’s in the schoolyard, the bar or the office, bullying is about taking advantage of the weak. It is herd mentality at its worst. In the age of social media, cyberbullying is a new, often tolerated act. With or without a cybercrime law, bullying can leave lasting effects. Some people have committed suicide because of it. In the Philippines, lawyer Christopher Lao gives a first-hand look, talking for the first time about its effect on his life.
We are against bullying.
What’s your stand? Have you ever been bullied? How did you deal with it? Tell us your stories.