The Woman in Purple (rainbow_goddess) wrote,
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Perks to being bullied? Are they serious?

A couple of days ago, a website called "Autism Daily News" posted an article about the supposed "Perks of being bullied" for autistic kids. It was written by an ABA therapist. I won't link to it, but the "perks" included such things as an opportunity for the school where the bullying took place to raise autism awareness and to implement anti-bullying programs, improved communication skills for the child who reported the bullying, improved teamwork for the child's parents in working together with the school to combat bullying, opportunity for the bullied child to make more friends(!) and improved resilience for the child as a result of being bullied.

I was bullied as a child and teen. I didn't make any more friends (probably fewer) as a result of the bullying. It didn't improve my communication skills, since nobody listened to me when I reported the bullying. I wasn't diagnosed autistic at the time, and the school didn't have nor implement any anti-bullying strategies (nobody had those in the 1970s.) The teamwork between my parents and the school didn't improve, since nobody listened to my parents, either. It also didn't make me any more resilient. All the bullying did was confirm my belief that I was different and that nobody liked kids who were different and make me reluctant to try anything new or go anywhere new because I was aware that no matter where I went, I would be bullied (this included summer camp and church activities outside of school.)

Many people have written articles in response to the post, and many more have reached out to the website that posted it. The only response to the protests about the article was for the website where it was posted to move it to a section for "opinion" articles.
Tags: autism, bullying
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