Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation Host Community Event On Bullying And Cyber Bullying

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Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation, was host to a community event discussing the issues of both bullying and ‘cyber bullying. Southern California Non Profit Magazine representative Dwight Cromie spoke with Howard Boylan, a board member for the RMCF, to discuss the bullying-awareness summit that featured a variety of informational booths and four speakers discussing their experiences with, and strategies for, combating both bullying and ‘cyber bullying.’

People are afraid to talk about it, but they want the information.

The first speaker was Tina Meier, founder of the Megan Meier Foundation established in memory of her daughter who committed suicide in 2006 as a result of continually being bullied over the Internet. Meier related her firsthand account of what her daughter suffered as a result of being ridiculed, and warned attendees of the irreversible consequences that can occur.

Two of the other speakers, Jen Wojciechowski and Robin Sinkhorn spoke on dispositions and health issues most commonly linked as contributors to bullying. Wojciechowski shared with attendees that LGBT students are usually targets for harassment due to their sexual orientation. As the mother of a girl with Down syndrome, Sinkhorn shed light on the prevalence of developmentally disabled children falling subject to bullies at school. Her daughter, Lauren Potter, is also an activist for the developmentally disabled; she is a regular cast member on the hit TV show “Glee,” as well as a member of the U.S. President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities. Lastly, Jon Pease, a leading anti-bullying advocate shared his knowledge and tactics for withstanding peer aggression. The Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation’s anti-bullying summit attracted over 400 attendees—a thorough mixture of parents, teachers, business people, teenagers, and families.

Boylan claimed, people “should have more information about [bullying] because they do want that information, it’s very pervasive. People are afraid to talk about it, but they want the information.” As a result of the conference, The Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation hopes attendees left empowered with the information, and motivated to better their respective schools and communities. “[Attendants] came away with a better understanding of what these different types of bullying are, and I’m hoping that’s why they came there is to learn something, because that’s what my dad always wanted was for people to learn things”

Boylan shared. One attendee from Moreno Valley said that her local school wasn’t addressing the issue of bullying very thoroughly, and that she was going to take the advice of one of the speakers, bring the topic up at a board of education meeting, get it on agenda, and have them do something about it. The Foundation plans on hosting more seminars on this subject in order to spread the word that “even one instance of bullying is too many.”

T he Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation has hosted numerous summits and seminars throughout their existence, usually focusing on topics such as Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and heart disease. This most recent event however, focused on bullying, addressed a slightly more abstract, though equally threatening health concern. “Recently, bullying has come to the fore…because it just seems to be happening more and more, and people are frightened—they don’t have the information about it, they just hear about it on the news” reported Boylan. Children who fall victim to bullying often experience varying medical issues from the abuse—from physical injury to depression, and as drastic as suicide.

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Executive Director
Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation

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