Monday, May 25, 2015

Dancing Man

An Ohio man 
sentenced to spend hours on a street corner 
with a sign declaring he's a bully says. 
"The judge destroyed me. This isn't fair at all." 

You know what I really, really hate? 

Yeah, by now I'm sure you can rattle off a list. 

I HATE bullies. I hate bullies on the playground all the way up to billionaire bullies who buy policy.  Life is hard enough without being tormented. 

So obviously when cyber bullies tweeted; Spotted this specimen trying to dance the other week. He stopped when he saw us laughing I was ready to crack some skulls. 

Fortunately, there lots of people smarter than I am and rather then try a Seek and Destroy strategy, they tried a Locate and Support strategy. A better idea all the way around.

A group of LA ladies started the search for "Dancingman" and found Sean from Liverpool in a few hours. 

Enough support came through that they put together a "Dancingman" party. 

The venue, talent and vendors all donated their services. The $70,000 in donations wasn't needed and was passed on to several anti-bullying charities (listed at the end of this post.) 

The Hollywood Dancingman party happened on may 23rd where everyone could dance shame-free. Shame-free dancing doesn't seem like too much to ask. 

"Tonight's been amazing - it's just surreal."
"I've met so many fantastic people.
"Love is contagious - it's been incredible to see and witness that social media can be an agent for good and for love."
"Smile, dance and wake up in the morning and think, 'That was a good night.'

Although Sean said he was "overwhelmed" with the love shown for him with the event, he is still shocked people could be so mean to him when they posted the picture of him dancing online.

"Still in my head, I can't understand why someone would want to do that."

“Big-hearted people far outweigh the small-minded every day of the week- @dancingmanfound”

Up for one more anti-cyber bullying story? It's a good one. A 20s something female blogger started posting about sexual assault prevention and received several comments threatening . . . 
I bet you can guess. . . 

sexual assault. 

By backtracking though social media, she was able to find some of the miscreants who were . . . 
I bet you can guess . . . 

males under the ago of 18.  

Going a step further, she was able to locate their mothers. Sending the moms a copy of the threats was fairly effective.

Bystander Revolution promotes activity fighting bullying with acts of kindness, courage, and inclusion.

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center leads social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage.
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth.
The Cybersmile Foundation works to end cyber bullying.

Anti-Bullying Ambassadors, organized in the memory of Princess Diana, presents and supports anti-bullying social media platforms.   

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