The Power of Your Voice: Standing Up Against Bullying

Jan 10, 2024 5 Min Read
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Empowerment Through Vocal Resistance: Taking a Stand Against Bullying

If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor. If an  elephant has its foot on the tail of a mouse and you say that you are neutral, the mouse will not  appreciate your neutrality  - by Desmond Tutu 

This quote by Desmond Tutu, a South African bishop and theologian, profoundly reverberates through the halls of justice, highlighting the importance of taking a stand against bullying and reminding us that neutrality in the face of injustice is not an innocent posture; it is a silent alliance with the oppressor, which keeps the cycle of tyranny going and lets the pain continue. People must fight injustice and support those who are oppressed to create a more equitable society. 

The human voice is a powerful instrument in the symphony of existence, capable of reverberating across the wide expanse of society's consciousness. Fortunately, in the shadows,  the poisonous phantom of bullying thrives, suppressing oppressed voices. By shedding light on the insidious nature of bullying, this article takes the reader on a journey to discover the transforming power of one's voice to become a victor over a victim of bullying. It will address how speaking up can bring down the oppressive systems that keep bullying going on. It is critical to identify and solve this issue properly to build safer surroundings for all people. 

The Silence of Suppression 

Bullying looms over our communities like a dark cloud, suffocating the victims' voices.  The silence it imposes is more than just the absence of sound; it is a suffocating vacuum in which fear and intimidation work together to silence those who want to be heard. Recognising the existence of this silence and comprehending its insidious ways is the first step toward breaking it. This issue of bullying has been a persistent problem in Malaysia, especially in school systems and educational institutions. It has become a well-known activity that provides excellent training for future gang members and criminals. According to a report by the Ministry of Education Malaysia, bullying incidents in schools have been on the rise in recent years, with over 4,994 reported cases in 2023 alone. This is an increase from the 3,887 cases reported in 2022. These statistics highlight the urgent need for intervention and prevention strategies to address bullying in Malaysia.

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From Victim to Victor: A Journey to Speak up Bullying 

First and foremost, to start breaking down the oppressive systems of bullying, it is necessary to understand its insidious nature and harmful characteristics. Bullying includes a variety of  behaviours, such as physical aggression, verbal abuse, and cyberbullying. It depends on how power works in society and takes advantage of people who are weak and helpless. Shining a light in these dark places empowers the voiceless and fosters empathy and compassion. By sharing their own stories and experiences, people can show how bullying hurts others and how badly things need to change right away. This evidence can help raise awareness and mobilise  communities to take action against bullying.  

In addition, we can also confront cultural standards that support bullying and create a setting where all people are treated with respect by encouraging open  communication and creating a secure environment for conversations. Through actively engaging in conversations about bullying, we can break the cycle of humiliation and silence that  often follows these kinds of interactions. Through these exchanges, we can confirm the pain and suffering that people have gone through and offer support and services to those who require them. We can shift the narrative surrounding bullying from one of victim blame to one of shared accountability by emphasising survivors and allies. Ensuring that no one suffers in silence and bringing about long-lasting change depends on this change. 

On top of that, encourage an attitude of empathy and compassion at school and educational institutions, and people may feel safe talking about being bullied. Also, we can try to stop bullying in the future and make the community a better place for people from all walks of life by enforcing strict anti-bullying rules and teaching both students and teachers about the effects of their words and actions. Furthermore, establishing support networks such as peer mentoring programs or counselling services can offer a secure environment for individuals impacted by bullying to access assistance and direction. Collectively, these efforts will aid in establishing a positive and all-encompassing atmosphere where individuals experience self-esteem, value, and worth. 

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Added to that, we can positively improve the well-being of people who are bullied by taking preventive measures. We can help victims while also raising awareness about the negative consequences of bullying by actively participating in volunteer work and anti-bullying events. These efforts can contribute to the establishment of a society that  emphasises empathy, respect, and inclusivity. As a result, bullying is being reduced, and a more secure environment is being created for all people.

As a conclusion, in the grand symphony of existence, the power of the human voice is both a gift and a responsibility. It has the power to shatter the silence that surrounds bullying, changing it into a ringing anthem of perseverance. By speaking out against bullying and pushing for change, we may raise the voices of those who have been silenced and inspire others to join the fight against it. We can work together to create a world where everyone is valued and supported and where bullying is no longer tolerated. Let us raise our voices in unison to sing a song of compassion and understanding, drowning out the sound of cruelty and leaving a lasting imprint on the lives of those who have been bullied.

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Edited by: Kiran Tuljaram

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Fatin Nadiah Binti Shariff, is a spirited third-year accounting student at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). Having encountered the harrowing experience of being a bullying victim, Fatin's passionate drive revolves around shedding light on the pervasive issue of bullying and its profound impact on mental health.  In her leisure hours, she immerses herself in the solace of books while dedicating her time and energy to supporting local non-profit organisations. Her dedication to volunteering stands as a testament to her commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others. With an unwavering belief in the power of kindness and understanding, Fatin lives by the principle of "Be the lights that find gold," illuminating the path for others through her compassion.

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