Is the online rumor mill all that different from playground cruelty? We hear stories about bullying more than ever these days, but is society getting better at helping kids, teens—and even adults—cope? Every day the staff at Rescue Ink finds itself, and the organization, at the forefront of sensational posts and headlines. Every day we have to use what we know (and teach) about bullying to minimize its effects. Some days are more challenging than others, especially since operating a non-profit with limited resources already comes with its own set of challenges. We rely solely on the donation of the public, and our outward appearance makes all the difference between whether the public chooses our organization as a recipient of their kindness and generosity, or not.
The core members of Rescue Ink have spent countless hours, and years, educating children and adults alike on the dangerous affects of bullying. We could fill this forum with lots of stories behind how adult bullies behave the way they do because of what happens at home and in their personal lives. They mostly share the same traits—impulsiveness, insecurities from having been ostracized, and mercilessness. The latter being the most harmful to others. Bullies can detect a hot button from miles away and depress it with remarkable accuracy. Instead of challenging this keen ability into something positive, they choose the low road, the road more traveled, and gain a false sense of camaraderie from their bully cohorts.
Adult bullies are no different than the schoolyard type, choosing to misuse what might be considered their unerring talents for locating delicate issues. Sometimes the recipient is a spouse, an elderly parent, their child’s schoolteacher or coach. Often it is a person, a system, or an entity or an organization that—in their mind—has “done them wrong.” Once bullies have determined their targets, they will swat at what they perceive to be the most vulnerable spots daily, both verbally and physically. Sometimes to any singular ear, and when possible, on any online forum available for their ranting.
At Rescue Ink, we’re not very tolerant of this behavior. We know who the bullies and the bully groups are—by name, by face, and by their predictable habits. They seem to hide in the shadows and expose themselves at times when they feel it will gain the most impact or cause the most sensation (at least, in their minds). They pool their resources, travel in online packs, and have no shame in exposing their ill will to anyone who will listen or read. As an organization we consistently choose to look past their mostly impotent actions, but at times we react with a counter post or defense mechanism. This takes us away from our daily responsibility—caring for abused and neglected animals—and so we limit our rebuttals with the full understanding that the general public, and our friends, fans and supporters, are educated enough to know why. If you have been the recipient of online abuse from a single person or group regarding your support of Rescue Ink, please alert us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rescue Ink will always adhere fearlessly to our mission “The Advocacy and Protection of All Animals.” Thank you for your continued support.
The Rescue Ink Team