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prescription for abuse

This blog was started and is sponsored by an individual artist, once a generous supporter, contributor, and volunteer, who has suffered extensive social aggression from artEAST leadership. Information and commentary pertaining to adult bullying in general and the artEAST case in particular has been collected and displayed on this site.

The bullied individual, believing that conflicts are best handled privately through respectful discussion, has made every effort to understand the problem and contribute to a solution. After being subjected to abuse, threats, a distortion campaign, and stonewalling since the Spring of 2013, recognition that artEAST leadership is fixated on a stance of power over reason, rejection of responsibility, and refusal to address problems with fairness and civility has lead to the difficult decision to bring the matter out into the public arena. It is my hope that by shedding light on events, members and the general public will pressure leadership to abide by dignified standards of behavior and the rules of the organization, be answerable to their actions, and that a system of accountability and other bullying prevention measures be implemented to discourage future abuse.

Bullying is never OK.
It is destructive and it affects everyone

The good news is that we live in a time of increasing recognition of the magnitude of this age old problem. Results from scientific research in this area are accessible and have already had a significant impact on how we understand the mechanics of abuse—and why we accept it to the extent we do. Increasingly, victims share their stories on the Internet, find validation from others with similar experiences, and become empowered. Lone sufferers are encouraged to break their isolation and resist abuse. Heightened awareness among individuals and institutions has lead to the exploration of methods to counter such abuse within all age groups and in all environments. Tolerance for bullying has been lowered.

There will always be individuals who lack the capacity for empathy and are motivated by a desire to dominate others claiming positions of power. In a civil society, all organizations need safeguards against abuse. To ensure freedom of expression, we must remain vigilant and protect everyone’s freedom of expression.Injustice anywhere

More general information/commentary about adult bullying, including material from my internationally acclaimed Psychopath Resistance blog, is available through the page menu near the top.

Following each blog post, the option to contribute your thoughts or questions is provided. Discussions of adult bullying issues unrelated to me or artEAST are also welcome on this site. Comments can be made anonymously and without fear of being penalized, as I have been.

In the bigger picture, my experiences of victimization and its repercussions are of no significance. But making them public may help bring attention to a huge, yet underrepresented problem and threat to civil society. Bullying, left unchecked, causes immeasurable harm to good people and all too many tragic fatalities. It is my hope that this blog, in its experimental format, will inspire others who are oppressed and marginalized to rise from a position of isolation and voicelessness to one of outspoken resistance to abuse and an empowering connection with humanity. All material on this site is free to use; just please let me know. Click here for info about starting a blog to tell your story.

I wish to extend my appreciation and respect to everyone with the moral courage to take a stand against any kind of hurtful behavior, abuse of power, or inhumane practice, and also, my heartfelt gratitude to all whose compassion has helped me endure the hardship imposed upon me; encouraged me to resist abuse, and supported my mission to expose injustice.

Moral Courage

The blog itself and the opinions expressed in blog posts and comments are the sole responsibility of respective authors and are not endorsed by artEAST. While it should be understood that the material on this site unavoidably reflects the blogger’s experiences and perspectives, it is meant to be truthful and without deceptive intent. Genuine requests for more information will be graciously honored.


Social Aggression

The term bullying typically refers to direct, confrontational attacks on another person. Social aggression, however, typically lacks direct confrontation and is often done covertly. It takes the form of spreading rumors, gossip, excluding one person from a group, verbal attacks, and cyberbullying. Studies have found that those who are socially aggressive typically use this form of bullying to protect their place among peers or place themselves above their peers.

imageIn the U.S. alone, over 100,000 students miss school every day due to indirect bullying. This type of bullying is often attributed solely to adolescents, though it is common among college students, in suburban neighborhoods, and workplaces. In adulthood, the most common form of this type of aggression is usually gossiping, spreading rumors, and exclusion. In general, the smaller the community, the more this issue occurs.

Relational aggression can have damaging effects on victims.

Adolescents who have been subjected to these types of attacks are more likely to develop depression and eating disorders. Relational aggression may also be responsible for a drop in academic performance and almost always harms a young adult’s social life. Among adults, this aggression can cause stress related physical disorders, limit job productivity, and greatly reduce self esteem.

The effects of social aggression often depend on the amount of support a victim has outside of school or work. Children with supportive parents, caregivers, other adult figures, or friends tend to handle this type of bullying better than those without this foundation. In severe cases, indirect bullying can be a catalyst for suicidal thoughts or actions; in some cases, it causes a victim to take his or her own life.

Due to the potential damaging and life altering affects of social aggression, especially for young adults, many schools have adopted zero tolerance policies for bullying. Teachers and parents are taught to recognize signs of social aggression in both the perpetrator and the victim. Abusers are typically punished and in extreme cases, may be suspended or expelled from school.

In the adult world, social aggression can be a form of entertainment for a personality disordered individual in a position of power over their target.

Once the crude schoolyard bully, they have become skilled at undercover ‘baiting and bashing’ tactics and avoiding accountability. Targets for abuse, chosen because of their personality traits and vulnerabilities, may find themselves subject to a smear campaign and marginalized, gratifying the sadistic pleasure of a bully to no fault of their own.