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									 Issue 22                                                                                         October 2009

                  The Riot!                                                              Personal Safety

               A National E-Newsletter from the Self-Advocate Leadership Network at HSRI

 What’s Inside
                                                  Monsters are Real
Julie’s Jive..................2
                                   Most self-advocates feel safe in          staff. The scariest mask can be worn
Meet Teresa................2
                                   their home and neighborhood.              by the people you trust; pretending
Guest Editorial........... 2
                                   According to the National Core            to be great and then mistreating their
Being Safe..................3
                                   Indicators (2007), 83% of people          family, friends or the people they are
Hate Doesn’t Pay........3
                                   surveyed said they felt safe in their     assisting, when home should be the
Surviving Abuse..........3
                                   homes and 83.3% felt safe in their        safest place.
Riot Report..................4
                                   neighborhoods. However, evil and          Monsters, abusers and tricksters will
International............... 5
                                   meanness do exist in the world and        do anything to have power and
Horoscope................. 6
                                   people with disabilities get hurt.        control over you. Control can be
Romance................... 6
Recipe/Review........... 7         The Bureau of Justice Statistics          physical, mental, emotional, sexual
Puzzle........................ 7   (2009), said in a report that many        and even financial. They can even
Joe’s Sports Zone...... 8          people with disabilities get injured in   threaten someone you care about or
Riot! Fun Page........... 8        their communities. The table              separate you from the people in your
Craig Says................. 9      below shows how many people were          life that treat you well. A relationship
Cartoon...................... 9    harmed by different crimes.               is not safe when you live in terror. In
Riot! Action Page......10          Abuse can be both in the open and         this issue, we will help you learn how
                                   behind closed doors. Sometimes            to stay safe and protect yourself.
 Healthy Relationships             even in our own family, friends and
    Teleconference                   Table: Number of people with disabilities who have been victims of crime
  The Riot! presents a                         Type of Crime                                            Number
  new teleconference
   series on Intimate               Simple assaults, a crime when the person is not hurt:                 476,000
     Relationships.                 Aggravated assaults, a crime is committed to hurt a person:           114,000
 Check out website for              Robberies:                                                             79,000
 registration details at:           Rapes:                                                                 47,000                                                        Sometimes, if the
                                     Want To Be Scared?                      movie is too scary, I’ll
                                                                             watch a comedy to
     The Riot! is a                            By Eric Matthes
                                                                             calm my nerves.
     publication of                Halloween is just around the corner.
    Human Services                                                           Haunted houses can
                                   That means scary movies and               be just as scary, if not
   Research Institute              haunted houses! Question is; why
     Portland, OR                                                            scarier, than some movies! Not
                                   do some people like to be scared          everyone likes to be scared though.
                                   during this holiday?                      Some people just like to hang out with
       The Riot! is                Maybe it’s the one day a year where       friends at a party and just relax.
    available in Rich              people are prepared for it and like       Whether scared or not, have a safe
      Text Format!                 for things to jump out at them. I like    and fun Halloween this year!
                                   watching scary movies with friends.
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Riot! Opinion                                                                                            Page 2
  About The Riot!...
                            Julie’s Jive                              Welcome, Teresa!
 The Riot! is produced by   Hi everyone! Personal                     The Riot! would like to
    the Self-Advocate       safety is the topic of this
Leadership Network at the
                                                                      welcome its new Chief
                            issue. What is personal Julie Petty       Editor, Teresa Moore!
Human Services Research                                                                                  Teresa Moore
         Institute.         safety? I define personal
                                                                      Teresa will be our new
                            safety as feeling secure, protected
 We work together with                                                Chief Editor for the next year and we’re
self-advocates to develop
                            and free from harm in all places.
                                                                      excited to welcome her aboard! She
  and write each issue.     Everyone wants to feel safe where
                                                                      has lots of great ideas to share and we
                            we live, work and play.
                                                                      look forward to the year to come.
  Here’s who “we” are:      Relationships are another place
                            where we want to be and feel safe.        We asked Teresa to say a few words:
     Chief Editor
                            If relationships are not safe or
                                                                      “Hi, I am Teresa Moore, the new
   Teresa Moore - AZ        healthy, there can be red flags or
                                                                      Chief Editor of The Riot!. I want to
                            signs that will show up.
                                                                      thank Julie Petty for her incredible
        Editors             I also want to let our readers know,      work. She has been a great teacher
                            this will be my last issue of the Riot!   and leader in her articles. I will miss
  Ricky Broussard - TX
                            I love the Riot! It is such a great       Julie’s Jive very much.
    Dayna Davis - OR        resource. When I am asked to do
                                                                      I would like to invite you to be part of
    Eric Matthes - WA       speeches on various topics, I look
                                                                      The Riot!. We have many
   Joe Meadours - CA        to the Riot! as a guide.
                                                                      opportunities for you to use your
    Nancy Ward - OK         It is a great resource to use for         experiences and share your stories
    Marian West - NH        discussions at local self-advocacy        with the world. Working together, we
                            meetings. The Riot! can be used to        can continue to make self-advocacy
   Betty Williams - IN
                            teach others about self-advocacy.         a RIOT.”
     Erick Yeary - ID
                            Rock on Riot!
     Cartoonists                                                            James Meadours is a
                                       Safe Travels                             Self-Advocacy
 Jazmyne Johnston - OR                                                    Specialist at Advocacy, Inc.
                                         By James Meadours                SafePlace in Austin, Texas.
     Jeff Ladd - PA
                            I went to my first major baseball game     usher to help me find my seat. The
        At HSRI             by myself in Houston, Texas. The          Astros won 9-2! It was so much fun!
                            Astros were playing the Pirates. I        After, I called the hotel to pick me up.
   John Agosta, Jaime
                            love baseball, but had never been to      The shuttle driver’s shift had changed
 Daignault, Kerri Melda,
Jennifer Negus, Elizabeth
                            this stadium alone.                       and a different driver was on duty.
  Pell, Drew Smith and      I was in town for a self-advocacy         To make sure they picked me up
      Reena Wagle.          conference and rather than stay in my     without a problem, one of the front
                            hotel, I wanted to do something fun. I    desk staff who remembered me,
    Subscribe To            asked the hotel staff about the game,     came with the driver. We do have
     The Riot!              where to buy tickets and if they had      good people in the community who
                            a hotel shuttle that went to the park.    do not work in service systems.
                            The staff was very helpful!
                                                                      I had a great time and used a few
                            To be safe, I let a co-worker know
         It’s               where I was going. I took my cell
                                                                      simple safety tips. I took my cell
                                                                      phone, let someone know where I was
        FREE!               phone and both the hotel’s and my         going, asked for help, took important
                            co-worker’s phone numbers.                numbers with me and I had fun!
                            When I got to the stadium, I asked an
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    Riot! Report                                                                                   Page 3

    Being Safe in the Community                                      Hate Doesn’t Pay
We all want to feel safe when we leave our homes                           By Ricky Broussard
and we don’t want to live in fear! Sometimes it’s
                                                          A hate crime is when people get hurt or picked on
hard when you see so much bad stuff happening
                                                          because of their race, ethnicity, nationality,
on the news at night.
                                                          religion, sexual orientation, or disability. In 2007,
But there are things that you can do to feel safe in      there were 82 crimes against people with
the community. Follow our tips below and you feel         disabilities.
more in control over your life.
                                                                                  62 hate crimes against
•    Be aware of where you are, scan the area and                                       people with
     prevent someone from sneaking up on you.                                        mental disabilities
•    Don’t ride in the front of a cab if you are alone,
     even if the driver asks you to.                                              20 hate crimes against
                                                                                        people with
•    Never give out money or your
                                                                                    physical disabilities
     phone number to someone
     that you’ve just met.                                Educating the community about disabilities is one
•    Travel with a friend when                            way of stopping hate crimes. We can teach them
     you’re out in the community.                         that differences are nothing to be scared about.
•    Always tell someone where you’re going.              Laws are another way of stopping hate crimes.
                                                          45 states and the District of Columbia have
•    Go to places where lots of people are around.
                                                          anti-hate crime laws. 32 of these laws include
•    Always carry a cell phone to call for help.          people with disabilities in the law. Five states
•    Tell the police if you have been harassed or         (AR, GA, IN, SC and WY) do not have a law.
     hurt in any way by a group or gang or call your      I think all the laws should include people with
     local crisis line.                                   disabilities and every state should have one so
                                                          no one is hurt.

                     Surviving Abuse
                                                          •   I think we like scary movies
                           By Teresa Moore
                                                              because we see people fight
                                                              back for their life and freedom.
It takes an incredible strength to change a life
                                                          •   Never give up on your dreams.
that has grown up with or is in a relationship with
                                                              Dreams can give you strength to change what
an abuser. Here are a few things that helped me
                                                              is happening to you.
change my life:
                                                          •   When you treat yourself with respect, it’s
•     Talk to someone away from the abuser. If it’s           harder for people to take advantage of you.
      not a secret, it doesn’t have power over you.
                                                          •   Believe that you deserve a life
      If they don’t help, tell someone else.
                                                              of kindness and love.
•     Being part of self-advocacy changed the way I
                                                          •   Believe that people who are
      thought about and treated myself. I think it
                                                              treating you cruelly are the
      helps me to be stronger when I know there are
                                                              real monsters in your life.
      people out in the world who think my life is
                                                              You must find a way to get
      important and valuable.
                                                              away from them.
•     The only person I have control of is myself.
                                                                 ** Bullying Awareness Week! **
                                                                          10/4 to 10/10/09
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                   Keeping Your                               MOney
                 Neighborhood Safe                           Matters!
                                                        Welcome to Money Matters! Money is an
                             By Teresa Moore            important part of all our lives. We earn, spend
                                                        and save money but often, we don’t know about
Ever heard of a Block Watch? It’s when citizens         the money we have. This column is here to help!
and the police in an area look out for each other.
                                                        Let’s get started. First, let’s take a look at the
Some really great things happen because                 money you get (income), and the money you
neighbors look out for each other. They solve           spend (expenses). For each item, write in the
problems in the community, report activities to the     amount that you get or spend.
police, prevent crime and improve home security.
You do not arrest criminals. That is a job for the      MONTHLY INCOME                       AMOUNT
police.                                                   Paycheck/Other Income              ________
                                                          Public Assistance:
Things Block Watch programs can help with:                   SSI                             ________
                                                             SSDI                            ________
•    Prevent Burglary.                                       Food Stamps                     ________
•    Fight property damage.                               Other                              ________
•    Reduce drug activity.                                            TOTAL INCOME:          ________

•    Improve bicycle safety.
                                                        MONTHLY EXPENSES                     AMOUNT
•    Help keep neighborhoods graffiti free.
                                                          Mortgage/Rent                      ________
•    Provide vacation security. Never tell others         Utilities (gas, electric, trash)   ________
     when someone is on vacation.                         Cell/Home Phone                    ________
•    Prevent carjacking.                                  Cable TV/Internet                  ________
                                                          Car/Transportation                 ________
•    Provide information on starting a neighborhood
     association.                                         Groceries/Eating Out               ________
                                                          Prescriptions                      ________
•    Remind us how to be safer and prevent property
                                                          Clothing/Laundry                   ________
                                                          Education/Classes                  ________
•    Prevent damage to our cars. Don’t leave iPods        Pet Expenses                       ________
     or other personal items in the car.
                                                          Entertainment                      ________
•    Remind us to teach our children to be safer and      Other Expenses                     ________
     not to open doors to strangers.                                 TOTAL EXPENSES: ________
•    Fire reporting and prevention.
•    Reduce noise.
                                                        Is your income MORE than your expenses? If so,
It’s easy to find out if you have a Block Watch in       you have monthly savings!
your area. Call your local police department and
ask if there is a neighborhood watch program            Are your expenses MORE than your income?
where you live or work too. The goal is to improve      Uh-oh! You need to figure out ways to cut back
quality of life for everyone in the community.          and balance your budget.

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Riot! International - Ireland                                                                      Page 5

Self advocates Speak Up in Dublin!                                 Listen Up! Tune in!
A conference was recently held in Dublin, the                     “We are on the Radio!”
capital city in Ireland. It was put on by the
National Disability Authority. People from all over                       Sarah Flynn has red hair with a
Ireland spoke at the conference about what could                          dash of purple in it. She is a
be done to help people live in the community.                             young person from Moher, in west
                                                                          Ireland. She can talk about
There is a lot of work to do because many people
                                                                          self-advocacy but also knows
live in institutions and the community service
                                                                          when it’s time to have fun. And
system needs to get stronger.
                                                                          yes… go shopping! She also has
Three self-advocates spoke at                                             her own radio show that she puts
the meeting. Their names                                                  together. Listen up!
are Simon Buggy, Marie Wolfe
                                                         “My name is Sarah Flynn. I am 21 years of age. I
and Sarah Flynn. They
                                                         have one brother, Ultan, and my sister, Bronagh,
presented research findings
                                                         and my mom and dad and I live with them.
from a study where they and
others interviewed 43 people Marie, Sarah & Simon        I work in RosFM. I normally present my
about their life.                                        show and have my DJ, John Tobin, do
                                                         the DJ decks. It goes on air for about
They found that there are not enough services
                                                         75 minutes on Monday evenings at
for people and not enough choices. They also
                                                         6 o’clock. The radio station to tune in
thought that self-advocates need more chances to
                                                         (in Ireland) is 94.6 FM. Also, I do a lot of special
be heard. Marie ended things by reminding
                                                         requests and quizzes, and catch up on the latest
everyone that self-advocates should always be
                                                         hot gossip to find out about celebrities’ love lives.”
included in decisions made about policies and
services. She said, “Nothing About Us, Without           Sarah Flynn Rocks in Ireland! If you can, tune in!
Us!” That is good advice!
                                                                          Inclusion Ireland
For more information go to:
                                                                          Shakes Things Up
              Fun Facts about Ireland!
                                                                    Inclusion Ireland is a national voluntary
                    Did you know?...                                organization that promotes the rights of
                                                         people with intellectual disabilities. Members work
•   Ireland is an island. It’s the 20th largest island   hard to improve services and make sure that
    in the world. It’s near the main part of Europe      self-advocates can live in the community and
    next to the United Kingdom.                          participate in all parts of Irish life.
•   The Republic of Ireland has about                    While Inclusion Ireland was started by parents and
    4.5 million people.                                  others years ago, one of their main goals is to
•   English is the main language but                     promote self-advocacy for people with
    traditional Irish is spoken too.                     intellectual disabilities.
•   One of the most famous festivals                     They also provide information and advice, publish
    in the world starts every year on St. Patrick’s      information booklets, have a quarterly newsletter
    Day, March 17.                                       and organize meetings to share ideas.
•   People like football (soccer to Americans). But     They work hard to close institutions, develop a
    other sports are popular too, like Gaelic football, better community system and are pushing the
    hurling and rugby.                                  government to inspect residences like group homes
•   The national symbol for Ireland is the harp.        and institutions to make sure they are safe and that
                                                        the staff are doing a good job. Check them out at
•   Ireland has NO snakes living on the island!
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Riot! Romance                                                                                      Page 6
                                                        Gemini (May 21 - June 20): When walking
                 Horoscopes                             around traffic, wear bright colors that can be seen.
                     By People First of New Hampshire   Cancer (June 21 - July 22): Love is a wonderful
                                                        thing between friends, family members and lovers.
                                                        Consider healthy choices in your relationships.
A horoscope predicts the future based on the
                                                        Leo (July 23 - Aug 22): Caring for your own
position of the planets and your birthday. Find
                                                        health is the best personal thing you can do for
the sign that fits with your birthday. Then read
what’s in store for you!
                                                        Virgo (Aug 23 - Sept 22): When you believe in
Capricorn (Dec 22 - Jan 19): When trick or              things that you don’t understand, then you suffer.
treating with children, make sure they know about       Superstition isn’t the way.
street safety.
                                                        Libra (Sept 23 - Oct 22): Your hope will lead you
Aquarius (Jan 20 - Feb 18): Make sure you look          to your dreams. Carry on what you are doing and
both ways before you cross the street.                  follow your dreams.
Pisces (Feb 19 - Mar 20): Look at the moon and          Scorpio (Oct 23 - Nov 21): This month, watch
night sky at least once this month and remember         the moon for witches. Make sure the candy you
to make a wish upon a star. Remember to respect         get from Halloween is safe to eat and that it is
our planet.                                             wrapped.
Aries (Mar 21 - April 19): You should let others        Sagittarius (Nov 22 - Dec 21):
help you. You will work well with others this year.     Don’t adventure out alone at night,
Taurus (April 20 - May 20): Wear costumes that          go as a group and have a fun
are fun or scary. Make sure you dress warmly for        adventure together.
the weather and that your costume is safe.

                      Need Romance Advice?... Ask Jack & Jill
Dear Jack & Jill,                                       Dear Reader,
I was at a Halloween party and someone in a             This is a genuine mystery.
mask kissed me! How do I find out who it was?
                                                        You could make a game of it figuring
                                                        out the clues. Try to figure out what else
Dear Reader,                                            you remember about the masked kisser.
The person in the                                       Is there anything familiar about the way the person
Halloween mask must                                     walked? Did their voice sound like anyone else
know you because they                                   you know?
kissed you. If you want to
                                                        Maybe there was someone there at the party that
know who it was. Try to
                                                        worked the registration desk who knew who was in
remember what the mask looked like that the
                                                        that costume? Have fun with it. You never know
person was wearing.
                                                        what you may discover!
If they were thirsty, they probably took their mask
off at some point to have a drink. If you were                                                  ~ Jill
standing around the drink area, you probably would
have seen their face. Then you could ask their
                                                                      Do you have a question that you would
name and you’ve found out who has kissed you!
                                                                      like Jack and Jill to answer? If so, email
                                  ~ Jack                                  your questions to Jack and Jill at:

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Riot! Fun                                                                                    Page 7

    Get Ready for Halloween!                            Riot Halloween
Want to have a cool party? Invite all your friends      Movie Review
over for a costume party! Don’t forget to make
some spooky treats to eat too. Yum!                  The Rocky Horror
               Halloweenies                            Picture show
Ingredients:                                                   By Dayna Davis

• 1 can (8 oz) refrigerated crescent dough           It’s weird and wonderful as newlywed couple Brad
• 44 cocktail-sized smoke link sausages              and Janet encounter a problem when their car halts
• 1/2 cup mustard                                    in the rain. They look for help, only to find
                                                     themselves at the castle of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. A
Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease a half-sheet pan       place to stay is offered. Will Brad and Janet want
with parchment paper or a silicone baking sheet.     to remain there? Especially when a large group of
Roll dough out to 14×11 inches. Cut into 7×1/2-      Transylvanians dance to the ‘Time Warp’.
inch strips.                                         This movie only plays during the Halloween
Pat sausages dry with paper towels. Wrap 1 strip     season. Diehard fans will come to the theater
of dough around each sausage so that it looks like   dressed in costumes and say every single line by
a little mummy with it’s “head” showing. Press the   heart. You can also get in on the fun by going to
ends of the dough together firmly to secure.          your local video store and rent it.
Place wrapped sausages 2″ apart on baking.           The Riot! gives the Rocky Horror Picture Show four
Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Dot    out of four stars:
with ‘eyes’ using mustard or your favorite sauce.

          Riot Halloween Puzzle                                                         Flashlight
                                                                  Look for these          Witch
                                                                    words. Try
                                                                looking up, down
                                                                 and side to side.     Spooky Moan
                                                                  Circle as many          Music
                                                                   as you can!            Candy
                                                                                        Black Cat

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Riot! Fun                                                                                             Page 8

                                  Joe’s Sports Zone                                     By Joe Meadours

Fall is coming. That means many sports are                   when teams are getting better. I used to like the
ending for the season and more just beginning! In            Chicago Bears, but now it’s the Seattle Seahawks.
this article of Joe’s Sports Zone, I wanted to give          College Basketball, who is going to win? I’d like
my thoughts on fall sports; the winners and losers.          to see an underdog take it this year! Often, the
                                       The Baseball          big teams win so I am ready for the underdogs!
                                       season went by        Well, I am excited for the seasons to start! Enjoy
                                       fast. It was a wild                    the games, I know I will.
                                       and crazy year!                       We posted our last Riot poll online
                                       In the beginning of                   and wanted to say thank you to all
                                       the season I                          who voted! Football won by an
Meeting some friends at the ball park
                                       picked teams I                        overwhelming 42%! Way to go
while I was in Portland, OR, July 4th. thought would do                      football fans! Stay tuned for more
                                       well. Only the                        sports updates coming up in our
Dodgers and Red Sox have had a good season                                   next issue in January!
though. I hope the Red Sox go all the way! I don’t
want the Yankees to win the World Series.
College Football is going to be good this year. My
                                                                      Results of Online Riot Poll
team is the Oklahoma Sooners. I think we’re                          We asked which you liked best; baseball,
                                                                       basketball, football or pro wrestling.
going to have a tough year. Some teams are off to
a really bad start, like Florida State and Ohio.                    Football ~ 42% liked it better (WINNER!)
                                                                         Basketball ~ 27% liked it better
Professional Football is not one of my                                    Baseball ~ 22% liked it better
favorite sports. I used to watch it with my                             Pro Wresting ~ 9% liked it better
Grandpa on the weekends, but I don’t
                                                                      To see our next question, go online to
really follow it much anymore. Usually, I                   and cast your vote!
start watching closer to Thanksgiving,

                                                                         Self-Advocacy Man
                                                                  Self-Advocacy Man was flying around one
                                                                  day when he noticed a lot of people having
                                                                  accidents. He lands, starts talking to
                                                                  people, found they were careless with
                                                                  safety and have been hurt.
                                                                  He began making a list of ways to prevent
                                                                  accidents such as: Pick
                                                                  up toys; good lighting in
                                                                  hallways, stairs and
                                                                  driveways; use a shower
                                                                  mat; be mindful of your
                                                                  surroundings; don’t block
                                                                  doorways and lookout
                                                                  for wet floors. Have a good
                                                                  month! ~ S.A.M.
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Riot! Sauce                                                                                    Page 9

                     Craig Says....Having
                                                                               Talk to us! We can help.
                     to Worry About                                              NO bullying allowed!
                     Safety Stinks!

It’ll soon be Halloween again and little crumb
snatcher children will be piling up on my doorstep
hoping for free candy. Just because they dress
up in their X-Men and Barbie outfits, they think I’ll      BIG                     Person
give them my stuff? I want free candy too!               BULLY                     Hurt
But want to know my favorite part?                        NO
Scaring the kids when they ring                          MORE!
my doorbell! They want my candy?
They’re going to have to earn it! I
especially like holding a flashlight under my chin
and moaning loudly. Classic spooky goodness!
If they don’t run off right away, I’ll give them a
couple pieces of chocolate from last Christmas.
The good kind with white stuff on top that you
have to scrape off.
Kids running from my house crying... black cats
crossing the streets... a full moon in the sky...
                                                                          Bullies become wimps when
creepy ghosts hanging around cemeteries... all
                                                                          you tell others what they’re
the workings of a great Halloween!
                                                                              doing. Tell someone!
But after watching the news, it’s good to be
careful too. Like making sure you stay in groups
when you’re out at night. If going to a costume
party, make sure you know who’s behind that
mask before you go anywhere with them.                 Puzzle Answers
If you decide to stay home and hand out treats to
the kidsters, make sure you know who’s standing
on the other side of the door before you open it.
Turn on the tube and see what’s playing on TV.
Maybe the latest installment of Friday the 13th?
Halloween can be a spooky good time but there’s
also some weirdos out there that want to ruin all
your fun. Steer clear of them! That’s my job!
Hmm... free candy.... Maybe I’ll
dust off my old Lone Ranger
costume and go trick-or-treating
myself. Who would refuse the
Lone Ranger? He’s a legend!
It’s only been 46 years since I’ve
worn it last.
I’m sure it still fits...

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Riot! Action Page                                                                             Page 10

                    Self-Advocates Speak Up! and Speak Out!
                                                     feel scared. Bullying can happen to anyone but it
      NO Bullying Allowed!                           doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t access the
                                                     community. I still enjoy the freedom of being able
                 By James Meadours
                                                     to do the things I like to do.
Once in a great while I don’t feel safe at a bus stop.
Sometimes, I may even get bullied. I ignore what         Some Tips to Remember:
the bully says to me. I stay as far away from the
                                                         • Keep a cell phone with you at
bully as I can. If I feel really unsafe, I will get away
                                                             all times.
from the bully and go inside a public place nearby
and tell someone that I need help.                       • When you can, ride the bus with a friend.
                                                         • Know your comfort zone and recognize when
Last July, I was waiting for the bus.
                                                             you don’t feel safe.
A man who was drunk was also at
the bus stop. I stayed as far from                       • If someone is really bothering you, get away
him and his buddies as I could. He                           from them.
was picking on other people at the                       • Tell someone and find a safe place to wait.
bus stop too. He bothered a lady and her baby.
                                                         • Don’t give up!
Lucky for me, his bus was the first one. After he
and his buddies were gone, we all felt safe again.       For more tips see SafePlace Disability Services
                                                         A Safety Awareness Program’s Fact Sheet on
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