Inspired by James Howe's novel THE MISFITS, No Name-Calling Week is "an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities."
Read These and Speak Up
I recommend the following stories about kids and teens who survived abuse or bullying and learned the importance of speaking up.
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Leap of Faith by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Evolution, Me & Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande
Dreamland by Sarah Dessen (for older teens)
The Misfits by James Howe
- Sequel: Totally Joe
For additional titles, please reference my Tough Issues for Teens booklist.
The Startling Facts About Violence and Abuse Among Teens from Safe Horizon:
1 in 3 High school students who say they have been in a physical fight in the past year.
1 in 8 High school students who required medical attention for injuries from fights.
160,000 Children who miss school each day because of fear of being bullied.
1 in 12 Students in grades 6 to 10 who say they are bullied once a week or more.
1 in 3 Teenagers who report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked, or physically hurt by their partner.
1 in 2 Teens in serious relationships who say they have compromised their beliefs to please their partner.
44 Percentage of rape victims under 18.
48 Hours a typical teen has been on the streets before being approached to sell drugs or their bodies.
No Name-Calling Week Resources and Downloads:
Ashon T. Crawley
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