October is National Bullying Prevention month, and people across the nation can be seen standing up against bullying by wearing orange, planning rallies and events, posting videos and photos, among other things to show their support. But is it enough?
The Protectors, a freedom-from-bullying organization in Oregon, is proud to participate by launching National Apology Time in hopes to create healing and change that will last beyond just October. Our desire and hope is that this month can become a great time of healing and reconciliation for individuals and organizations.
National Apology Time: A time where students can make amends for current or past bullying, setting both Target and Bully free from guilt, pain and shame.
Far from showing weakness, offering a real apology shows inner courage and creates a healing power that must be completed before experiencing its many benefits, such as reconciliation and relief from shame and guilt. And no time this year and in our nation’s history is it more important to apologize for bullying another person.
The Four Parts of a Real Apology:
1. Acknowledging the offense
2. Offering an explanation
3. Expressing shame and remorse
4. Offering reparation
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The Prayer of righteous person has great power as it is working.” –James 5:16
To participate as an individual or an organization, we encourage you and/or your fellow students to do one of the following:
1. Share your apology on social media outlets using the hashtag #apologymonth
2. Send your apology anonymously to firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Help spread the word by sharing the National Apology Time poster with friends, family, and on social media outlets.
Join us in supporting Bullying Prevention Month by making a lasting impact in the theater of bullying – help us spread apologies. Click here to learn more about National Apology Time.