Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

REVENGE!


Michael Salter ( The Conversation, 8 January 2013) discusses revenge in the context of abuse and violence against women.  What he says may also be applicable to victims of bullying.


"We usually think about revenge in terms of pettiness or malice, but it can give voice to legitimate outrage and highlight inequality. This kind of online revenge can start conversations about violence against girls and women away from the limits imposed by judges and journalists. It can activate and mobilise support for victims. In some cases, it can force courts to change their ways and this has a positive impact on “old media” and the community too.
So revenge can be political as well as personal – but it can also be healthy. Research shows that being listened to, and feeling supported and validated, reduces the mental health impact of being victimised. On the other hand, being silenced or disbelieved can result in worse outcomes for the victims."

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