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How To Stop Real Life Bullies And Internet Bullies

Advice on Real Life Bullies and Internet Bullies

I decided to write this article on real life bullies and Internet bullies for one very important reason, the reason being with all the hoopla going on at the present time concerning kids being bullied in school and Internet bullying on the rise globally, I became acutely aware of a very embarrassing fact.

I was a bully myself when I was a child and figuring that out has truly humbled me. It has also made me realize that I owe a very deep, heartfelt apology to my younger sister, Dorea.


As I have pondered this question for the past few days, I've come up with my own set of answers and I hope that by sharing them, I can shed some light on the reasons for bullying. Understanding why people bully is just as important as understanding how to make it stop.

I did not intend to become a bully. I actually have never been a bully to anyone else in my life, before or since but for many reasons, bullying my younger sister just 'evolved'. Why? Because in my mind I was found lacking on a daily basis by the people that meant the most to me and who were my role models. I could not ever perform or come up to the standards that they set for me to be 'perfect' whereas my little sister Dorea was about as perfect as a child could get - simply because she never got into trouble and she was always quiet.

I think that bullying results from someone not feeling good about themselves, as studies have shown, but it also goes beyond that to the emotional state of the person who is the bully. In my own case, I can see now that I felt picked on and picked at constantly, left out, reprimanded for even the slightest infraction and never given the benefit of the doubt. To compensate for that, I followed the natural pattern of making my problems flow downhill to the next person in line, who unfortunately happened to be my sister.

I don't think I even consciously targeted her for my outrage at my own situation. Nor did I mean to cause her distress by trying to intimidate or scare her all the time. My bullying came mostly in the form of trying to get my way every single time and in every situation. I was after all 3-1/2 years older than she was and if I was left in charge of her (which I sadly often was), I decided what the protocol was going to be or at least I tried to bend her to my 'rule'.

I also terrorized her by scaring the living daylights out of her as often as I possibly could. Why? Because I spent most of MY childhood being afraid; afraid of my grandmother's schizophrenic violent rages and the constant fighting and violence that I was exposed to. In my mind I think I just wanted to pay someone back and because I couldn't pay back my mother or grandmother, I paid back my sister. After all, she was the quiet one and she was never in trouble, so didn't she deserve some of the 'gravy' of misery, too?

I realize now that of course this was all terribly convoluted and that if anyone had bothered to stop and examine the patterns going on within our family, it might all have been different. But here's the deal - nowadays we should be able to do that. It's not the 1950's or 1960's anymore and most people have viable access to counseling in some form or another which I have no doubt would uncover these kinds of problems and nip them in the bud before causing permanent damage - to either the bully or the bullied!

I can only say that I am dreadfully ashamed of my behavior for whatever reason I developed it. As I say, I never bullied another person in the world or thought to do so. But somehow I missed the boat where Dorea was concerned and heaped fear and anxiety on her when I should have been more sisterly. Even though I defended her all the times to other, I willingly decided to take out my frustrations on her myself!

I realize that siblings fuss and fight because I raised 3 of my own children. But this went beyond 'normal' behavior and I know it in my own heart. I have to say I regret causing someone that much grief and for what's it worth, at least I've had the opportunity to apologize.

Signs and Symptoms of Bullying

Bullying is such a huge issue right now with so many suicides occurring.  It's important to look for the telltale signs of someone being bullied or to look for those who are turning into bullies, whether it's a child or an adult.

Internet bullying or cyberbullying is also going on at an alarming rate globally and likewise, there are red flags to look for whether you personally are a victim, if you have a child who is being bullied or you know of someone being bullied. 

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Much more importantly, I urge you to look at yourself and decide within yourself if you are a bully or are displaying bullying tactics to make yourself feel better!

Bullying Profile

  • Swagger, whether real life or attitude - usually a facade as they do not really feel that great about themselves at all
  • Insecurities although once again, these may be masked by a pretense of self-assured behavior
  • Extreme competitiveness
  • Conformity - the person has to fit in or be liked by all to be successful
  • Perfectionism can sometimes be a cardinal symptom
  • Concrete thinking - things must be done a certain way

Victim Profile

  • People pleaser
  • Someone who is more apt to be withdrawn or keep to themselves
  • Usually hides their talents and does not want anyone to notice them or their talents
  • Tend to be more of a so called 'geek' personality, not outgoing or team player persona
  • The person who never complains or steps outside the 'lines'

While these attributes may seem very oversimplified, and people can certainly cross over and be a bully and a victim as well, you get the picture. In order for bullying to be a success, you have to make the other person feel bullied and subject to your will or there is no bullying.

So how to stop the patterns? As I stated above, counseling on any level, even talking things out instead of ignoring them is a great way to curb the urge for a bully to try and overpower someone else. Understanding behavior is the key to fixing behavior or channeling certain personality traits into appropriate venues.

Speaking up and defending yourself is another great way to stop bullies. I don't mean physically although in some situations, fighting back is an effective tool. I unfortunately never found this particular tool beneficial because I didn't know how to fight effectively and the people that bullied me always got away with it. However, because my sister did not stand up to me, I was able to bully her to the extent that I did, knowing that she would not fight back or stand her ground.

Confiding in appropriate people in charge is also a sure-fire way to get to the bottom of the matter and discover why someone is resorting to bullying or why a person is allowing themselves to be bullied. Many children are afraid to 'rat on' someone for making them feel uncomfortable but alarmingly, so are many adults!

People tolerate Internet bullying every day and never say a word to the perpetrator nor do they report the matter to the website for instance. Reporting someone goes a long way to stopping Internet bullying before it gets out of hand, whether it is on Facebook or it is here on Hubpages.

I believe in reporting people who 'hide' behind their computer screen and say harsh or degrading things to others. There is always a way to say something that will 'do no harm' and I believe if you wouldn't say certain things to someone face-to-face, then you shouldn't be writing those things to someone on the Internet. Simple fix.

In the case of severe bullying or stalking, whether it's by groups of people or an individual, sometimes drastic measures have to be employed. My visually handicapped son was harassed in junior high school because of his appearance. He was finally beaten up by 6 fellow students who jumped him outside a fast food restaurant, blindsided him literally and beat him until his prosthetic tooth was knocked loose and his face was covered in bruises. It was horrifying to say the least but especially cruel because they chose to hit him repeatedly in the face.

My son didn't want to report it because he was afraid of further retaliation but when he was taken to the emergency room, the choice was no longer his. The police became involved and the kids were prosecuted. They were also expelled from school. It illustrates that there are consequences for bullying and hopefully those boys got the message that there were more appropriate ways to handle themselves.

Most important in the above illustration was that the school was made aware of this problem, albeit a little too late for my son, and the authorities were also involved. The boys had to go to court and were also assigned a debt that they had to pay off with regards to our son's medical bills. It was a pittance amount, however, I have always hoped that lessons were learned.

In more severe cases of Internet bullying and real life bullying, people change their email address, phone numbers, even their address. This is the worst case scenario but it goes to illustrate what can happen when bullying on any level goes too far. 

Advice on Real Life Bullies and Internet Bullies

I believe the goal in life should be equality and even though this may sound simplistic or like the impossible dream, thinking of that concept erases the very idea of bullying because if one is manipulating someone else, there is no equality.  There is only fear and submission when someone is being bent against their will to do another's bidding.

No matter what the reasons that a person does become a bully, it still has a deleterious effect on another person and in my own case, I'm profoundly humbled by the knowledge that I picked on someone I truly loved.  My apologies cannot change the past of course but I only hope that in relaying my story of becoming a bully whether inadvertantly or not gives others some insight into the effects that these situations can have on both parties - the bullied and the bully. 

The last thing a person needs is another albatross around his or her neck.  I have many scars from my own childhood but the last thing I ever wanted to do if I thought about it rationally was to inflict scars on anyone else.  However, somehow I managed to take out my anxiety on someone weaker than I was and make my problem her problem.  For whatever reasons I did it, the fact remains that I did it and the guilt is mine. 

In today's fast-paced world and with all the techno savvy possibilities out there, we need to learn tolerance most of all and we need to learn kindness all over again.  We never know what kind of personal battles anyone is fighting or what their individual mental state is and I think keeping that in mind at all times is the first step in obliterating bullying from society as a whole.  There will always be stronger personalities and weaker personalities but I believe there is no room for bullies and we should all work hard together to stop the cancerous spread of superiority and rudeness to others. 

Happiness is something we all seek and I think it's attainable as long as we remember that is the universal goal and that we don't deserve it more than the next guy.  More importantly, we don't deserve it at the expense of someone else. 


Cyberbullying News Report


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 24, 2010:

James - that definitely is a different approach and I do agree with you there! I think we all were made of sturdier stuff perhaps. I had to survive when I was a kid and unfortunately it trickled downhill to my sister but I was bullied plenty - or at least beaten to a pulp just because I couldn't learn to fight back with any skill!

We probably should be somewhere in the middle I think - there will always be conflict and there will always be stronger people and weaker people. I think I'm a bit of a Polyanna because I want people to coexist in peace where no one gets hurt. I guess a girl can dream!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your wise comment.

James A Watkins from Chicago on October 24, 2010:

Your article is very well done. I may as well take the con side since you have so many on the pro side above. I have thought a lot about this. I experienced a bit of bullying when I was a youngster. It is always a bad thing. But life will have bad things. I do not think this will end in this world. When I read that some American kids kill themselves because somebody bullied them a bit, or made fun of them, or didn't accept them . . . it tells me what a weak-kneeded bunch we have become. Imagine a pioneer on the American frontier killing himself because he was insulted.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 20, 2010:

Gregg - Thanks so much for stopping by and for the link. Yes, it is a growing problem it seems and hearing about it myself made me really think about it from my sister's perspective - and having been on the other side of it, having my son beaten up, it really got to me I guess.

gregg66franks on October 20, 2010:

Thanks for this Hub. I think it's important to know what goes on in the mind of the bully. I've been hearing about this some much in the news lately. I found a good resource for parents of children who are bullied.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 16, 2010:

Harvey - I think you might be right there - if my sis had punched me in the nose, that probably would have stopped it right there because I don't like pain...especially my own! On the Internet, you are quite right - it is a terrible problem when people have to beat up on one another or try and scare them witless! Thanks for the read.

Harvey Stelman from Illinois on October 16, 2010:

A, When younger, I found out that a good punch in the nose shut them up. The Internet is more difficult. Words don't always say as much. H

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 14, 2010:

Thanks Hubbyhubberton for commenting and you are most right - I think the same applied in my household. Understanding I always think leads to problem solving and here's hoping that we get this right someday soon!

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 14, 2010:

That's a great story, Dolores - I think that proves my point as well. It might not be apparent but sometimes the persons doing the bullying are the most insecure and screwed up people out there! Take me for instance!!

I always think that for the most part, there is a reason for behavior though at times it can be very frustrating or nearly impossible to figure it out until sometimes it's too late. Thanks so much for the read and for contributing more insight into the problem!

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 14, 2010:

Audrey - when I think of bullying, I remember being bullied by a girl, bigger and older than myself. It was humiliating and frightening. But going away to camp one summer, laying in my little cot, I heard someone crying in the darkness. It was the big bully girl. She was home sick and crying. A few of us realized who it was and began to snicker. The tables were turned. I was no longer frightened and kind of felt sorry for her. You can't be afraid of someone you feel sorry for.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 12, 2010:

Thanks, Laurel for reading and for understanding - it is a humbling thing to admit that you were not perfect and that you let life's circumstances make you do things you maybe normally wouldn't have done? I don't think under normal circumstances I would have been a bully because I was underneath probably a happy kid but somehow I got all mixed up and I know my sister suffered because of it.

Someone should have/could have (how well that does NOT work eh?) maybe figured it out but it's all good. We have life experiences I personally think to make us or break us and to make us into who we will grow up to be one day. I think we both survived okay but it was just needlessly hard I think.

I feel your pain as well and I'm sorry that you were bullied, too. Sometimes though dysfunctional situations breed dysfunction unless you are lucky enough to see the pattern and break it.

I do hope there are people out there who do see the writing on the wall and get some help - I hate guilt but I also hate not owning up to your own frailties and mistakes. I only wish I had been a better sister back then. Although if you read my next hub down the way, you'll see that in spite of myself, I managed to pay MYSELF back - and so did my sister in her own way. Life does come full circle sometimes.

Thanks for the read!

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on October 12, 2010:

Hi Audrey-this topic is personal for me as well, I was the victim for virtually all of my childhood. I'm so glad to read the bully's side here, you point out how terribly confused and hurt you were, needing to vent your frustrations somewhere.

It now makes much more sense. Thanks so much for such an enlightening hub.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 10, 2010:

BJ - Thanks for your sweet comment - but I think given our circumstances, I went 'above and beyond'. If you look at that pic of us, I think I look way too serious and way too 'up to something'. Poor baby that she was.

I was truthfully ticked - I don't think I was ever the apple of anyone's eye and all that. Our family was much too dysfunctional for that. But there was so much tension and violence going on that I just took it out on her and for that I will always feel badly. I did defend her and taught her many things because we had no one else to do it all - like riding a bike - or trying to beat the holy crap out of Billy the Jerk who teased her (that didn't work out too well for me by the way).

My point is though - we can unwittingly become bullies just because we don't know what is going on inside ourselves and maybe that is something to look at. I wasn't an elitist and I wasn't pampered and spoiled. I didn't bully because I thought it was 'in vogue'. But I did turn something inside myself against another person for whatever reason and that I think is the crux of this whole bullying thing. It all runs downhill. Or maybe I'm just a goofy old lady who thinks there is always a reason for A=B.

Lucky for me, I did some harm - but I don't think grievous and FORTUNATELY for me, I got payback on several levels (stay tuned - both as a child and as an adult - but that would be the Audrey luck o'the Irish).

I think I'm upset though that there is so much of this going on and after what happened to my boy Pat as well, I think we need to start thinking more about why people ARE bullying. I could be way off base but I always think there is a reason for everything that happens in life....taking off my rose-colored glasses now!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on October 10, 2010:

Audrey - do not beat yourself up for bullying your younger sister. It is very natural for the older sibling to take advantage of a younger sister or brother.

One of the reasons this happens is that the oldest child enjoys a very special place in the birth constellation that is diminished when the next child comes along. From being the center of attention and admiration (hopefully), now there is a new kid on the block and children are instinctively adept at finding ways to make that new sib "suffer."

As long as you didn't cause grievous harm and you have apologized, you are still my bff. I can sympathize with you more than most since I had a younger sister and when we played, I was always the boss or the general. She was always the worker or the private.

Will be anxiously awaiting your hub illustrating "payback."

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 10, 2010:

Pamela - Thanks so much for the read and yes, it is becoming such a problem. I thought maybe just maybe my experiences could have some worth but it also made me realize things about myself - that is always a good thing.

Our son was so brokenhearted and humiliated by those boys and I was so mad I could have easily sat them down and read them what-for but in the end, I did think that the authorities handling it was for the best because I was too emotionally involved. I have only empathy for other parents who go through this kind of thing because watching your child be hurt is far worse than if it was done to you. Consequences are indeed needed but also getting to the root of the matter is what I think is most important - and that's the only thing I never knew. If something good came out of those boys being brought to task or not and I wish I did. It did help our son in some ways I think but then in other ways, it made him feel very vulnerable. Luckily though, he is one strong fellow and usually comes out of things even stronger. Thanks again so much for the read and the thoughtful comment!

Crewman - I gotta believe that or else I'd be a mess I guess. I believe in my deepest soul that things always happen 'because' when there are feelings and such involved. As my Bob says, there are no 'accidents' really and things usually are a sequence of things happening because someone screwed up one part. Hopefully in the future we can all just live equally though I think some days I am a Polyanna in my dream state! Thanks again for commenting!

Crewman6 on October 10, 2010:

Audrey, You're absolutely right; understanding behavior is the key to changing it. For both sides of the fence.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 10, 2010:

Audry, this is a wonderful article about bullying which is becoming an increasing larger problem. I think you pointed out some of the main reasons bullying occurs and I am sorry your son had such an awful experience. I think schools need to become more aware of bullying problems and deal with them. There needs to be consequences for that behavior.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 10, 2010:

CP - Thanks so much for your detailed comment! You are so right about it beginning at home. In my case, I think dysfunctional did not even begin to touch the tip of that iceberg though that is no excuse. I was reacting to a very bad situation in my own inept child-like way I guess but I do realize now what caused it and how damaging it was to my sister.

I think we have grown from our experience and realizing that you are wrong always helps solve problems. I truly didn't mean to be that way - it just sort of happened in my case and had someone actually looked at it, probably it would have been remedied much sooner. Fortunately for us, we grew up in spite of our childhood and I never bullied anyone else in my lifetime. It just struck me as terribly cruel when I was thinking about it that I did something to someone I loved so much.

I think you are on point about communication - that seems to be the thing we need most across the board in so many areas! Thanks again for your lovely well thought out comments!

Christopher Price from Vermont, USA on October 10, 2010:


It takes true contrition to confess one's past offenses before so many. I hope you have found absolution from your sister and your own conscience.

I commend your call for an end to bullying, I have tried all my life to stand up for those who couldn't or wouldn't stand up for themselves. But I know that, after I walk away, the aggressor and the victim may very well assume their previous positions and continue as before.

Certainly counseling would help the bully look inward to confront his/her reasons for cruel acts of dominance and outward to empathize and see the pain inflicted on the victim.

But, as you pointed out, the breeding grounds for bullying behavior usually begin at home, and it is there that the problem must be addressed.

There are so many variables in family interactions that, even parents with the best of intentions, can find it difficult to really know their children and sense their deepest feelings and insecurities. Communication is the key, though it is often difficult to maintain.

Once the bullying begins it can not be ignored. Counseling is demanded and consequences for such continued behavior must be part of the equation.

I wish I had a real answer, a solution, but it is a complex problem in need of a multi-pronged approach...all beginning with parents who care.

Thanks for the thought provoking hub.


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 10, 2010:

Great effort, AC! Think that's the key to most things in life to be honest - communication.

ACSutliff on October 10, 2010:

I totally agree Akirchner!

You did a fine job of pointing out that we need to get to the root of the problem. The first step is to respond to a case of bullying with sympathy for both the bullied and the bully. And refer them both to the school counselor to talk it out together. That reminds me, I need to get on closer terms with the counselor at my school.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 10, 2010:

AC - Thank you so much for your wonderfully written comment! I feel your pain as my son had much the same experience that culminated in him getting beaten up so badly. That was many years ago now when bullying wasn't even an 'issue' so I can only imagine nowadays.

I totally agree and applaud you that bullying doesn't solve bullying. I think getting to the ROOT of the behavior (as I was trying to point out in my own case) is the answer. When we understand why we are doing things, it allows change to occur. Kudos to you - you sound like a marvelous teacher!

Mysterylady - I think that's what sparked me to write this hub - because while I was watching the various shows about bullying I suddenly thought to myself OMG - I bullied my sister! I have a hub coming up where I gotta sorta got 'mine back' - I actually did several times over our childhood and you'd have thought I would have learned.

However, the beating my poor son took at the hand of bullies was something I will never, ever forget. I'm sure the 'lead' boy had some family issues and only hope and pray that he and the other boys got some counseling after that episode!

Thanks so much for the read and the wonderful comment.

mysterylady 89 from Florida on October 10, 2010:

Audrey, your topic has been in the news lately here in Central Florida. Furious that his daughter was being bullied on the school bus, the father stepped aboard, threatened the driver and students, and did a lot of cursing. Later he apologized. He and his daughter have appeared on several talk shows.The problem of bullying is getting much needed attention.

You have written a timely and interesting hub!

ACSutliff on October 10, 2010:


Bullying is on my mind a lot. Growing up, I was one of those withdrawn kids who wanted to hide in the background, an easy target. Luckily, I was ignored more than anything and never had to deal with bullies.

But now, I'm a teacher, and I have bullies in my classroom. Your words have helped me realize that the way teachers respond to bullies will influence their behavior too. Many teachers bully their students and convince themselves that they are only demanding the respect they deserve. When those teachers become aware of a bullying issue, they will usually respond by bullying the bully (with threats of disciplinary action, phone calls home, suspension...) and suddenly the bully is getting attacked on two fronts which causes him to fight back even more, and the cycle continues.

If that's how the school responds to bullies--by becoming a bully themselves--then the cycle can never be broken. I for one promise to never bully my students, and I think if every parent and teacher made the same commitment, we could make a huge positive impact on the lives of so many people. We need to reach out to bullies and help them realize that what they do is wrong.

You are amazing for baring your soul like this. Thank you for writing such a powerful and meaningful hub.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 10, 2010:

HH - Yes, I guess I did feel superior in some ways although I was so confused I'm surprised that it ever worked.

KKG - It seems to be on the rise. And you are correct in that assumption or at least I think so from personal experience and then with my son. I think the boys had some problems of their own but it doesn't make it right!

Dim - That is what life is all about, right? It just seems to happen that way unfortunately. Thanks for the read!

De Greek from UK on October 10, 2010:

"followed the natural pattern of making my problems flow downhill to the next person in line" - What a wise, apt expression this is - A very good story here IP, well done :-)

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on October 10, 2010:

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful hub. Bullying is such a previlent problem these days, both cyer and face-to-face. I do believe you are right - a lot of the time the bully is bullying because of a self-esteme problem. It still doesn't make it right.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on October 10, 2010:

I think most of the bigger brothers and sisters tend to bully the little ones. They know they have an advantage because the age and that makes them feel superior.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 09, 2010:

Crewman - It is really a puzzling thing to me because I've been on both sides I guess. I was always picked on and made fun of but then I did the unthinkable - I became 'one of them'.

Now I see many sides of it - especially after my son's experience and knowing why it happens has to make it better don't you think? I applaud you for saying that you have been one of those who got 'had' - and here's to no more victims.

Crewman6 on October 09, 2010:

Some real food for thought here. I was a classic victim; still fit the profile pretty well, though I mostly stand up for myself better now. Thank you for writing this.

Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 09, 2010:

Prasetio - You as always say the greatest things and hopefully some day if there is a more 'perfect' world, bullies will find their peace and not have to be bullies anymore.

Micky - I'm probably going to be lying there prone with you my man because as much as I try to fight, I end up 'fighting like a girl' except against my poor sister! I truly am the one you do not want on your team if there is a fight but I will fight to the death to protect those I love so I guess that is something....much as I'm sure you would.

Lela - That is so cute - I'm not sure how many times my sister cried; I seemed to be so self-absorbed in my own pain I didn't really pay that much attention. Stay tuned though - she got me back in the end and as they say payback's a real b***tch! We had an incredible childhood on many levels and the fact that we both survived and can laugh about it or not dissolve into tears needing tranquilizer guns to calm us is the miracle!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 09, 2010:

Audrey, I certainly understand why you bullied your little sister. My brother was not allowed to hit girls, so naturally I beat the snot out of him whenever I felt like it, which, I'm ashamed to say was pretty often. He took it like a man. But one time I made him cry and that stopped it. Knowing that I made my brother cry is the worst memory I have of childhood. He grew up and became very smart and very capable in spite of me, and I'm happy to say, that I too, have apologized. Great hub. I hope bullies are paying attention.

Micky Dee on October 09, 2010:

Great post. Bullies attack my political stuff all the time. They never show up for anything else. I try the Golden Rule thing. Then I offer to have the working contest or whatever contest they want to have. I believe in God. If God wants me to be beat up by these cowards well so be it. I will die on my feet. (well at the very end I might be pretty prone) God bless!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 09, 2010:

Good topic selection. You touch my heart about what happen around us. You come up with the fact where this happen in the school, in the street ever in the society, right. I often saw this in the movie but this also end with happiness. But I thought this not happen in the real life, there's no one want to help the victim. They was annoyed by someone and this is so horrible. But I hope all this thing going better and there's a solution for bullies case, not only giving punishment. But there's an action to stop this. Good work, Audrey. Vote up.


Audrey Kirchner (author) from Washington on October 09, 2010:

Thanks Samsons1 - I appreciate the read and more importantly, the awareness of a very important topic these days!

Sam from Tennessee on October 09, 2010:

up & beautiful! very well written and informative. Thanks for writing this article...

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