Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

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“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, September 11, 2013

Any vestige of conscience left?

Perhaps those members of staff of the University of Newcastle who have flown high since harassing, ostracising and bullying other staff and students should read this account - perhaps in some deep part of their souls there is a slight flicker of conscience still struggling to remain alive.

Professor David Yamada has posted this on his blog - for the full version go to Minding the Workplace

..".In my case, it is a trauma that I cannot escape, as despite my best efforts, defense mechanisms, and sacrifices, the trauma keeps escalating, despite my job ended almost 3 years ago. However, the stalking, threats, harassment, and so much more, continue in a terrifying smear-campaign, via cyberspace, involving impersonation of my identity, and technical tactics tweaking search engines to keep the lies and fabrications of me as “crazy” and “a threat” discoverable… permanently.

....With an unimaginable plethora of losses to acclimate to, and to mourn, plus fears of present and future we are saddled with, the oft seemingly-hopeless efforts, to grasp for a even a thread of hope, that anyone still cares, or that a future is even still possible, and the mounting stress of becoming more aware of the degree of danger we are in, the healing cannot even begin, until escape and safety is achieved.

I think that those with the most to say, are the targets most silenced.

Ones that escaped the workplace mobbing, by becoming too ill to work, only to find they are dragged into a whole new cycle, of becoming a target of a bully-turned-cybercriminal, becomes totally devastating to every aspect of a target, and the death of all hope of being able to pick up the pieces, and move on to heal someday.

I think it is probably why so many targets of mobbing die within a few years of “escaping” the abusive workplace. Only we never (or rarely) hear from these targets to even know what became of them.

Most are isolated, even by those who supported them, as the strain continues and becomes too much for supporters.

As for anyone else who could have helped, these targets are written off as “crazy” and not many help-resources see through to the “normal” person who is suffering a “normal” reaction to an abnormal, ongoing trauma.

By this stage in this multifaceted, multiple-cycle process of destroying the target, at work, then in every facet of life via online tactics, severe mental injuries like cPTSD [ed: Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder], and various systemic physical illnesses result, and also cause targets to isolate and be silenced. The ailments caused or exacerbated by years of fight/flight stress, will probably kill the target soon, if target is not first driven to end it sooner, to escape the daily fear and continued torture of what I guess most closely equates to being buried alive, and then forgotten about, by anyone who once cared.

The suffering that overtakes the target, every waking moment, becomes so intense, as escape inevitably becomes impossible, so one begins to hope, instead, for the air to run out quickly so the pain will end.

...My point is simply:

We are too far-gone, exasperated, terrified of retaliation, or even fear physical assault plus the many other risks we now bear from what was maliciously and permanently put online to smear us. We are sick, in pain, and are probably very isolated.

We have often become hopeless, after years of coping and clinging to an inner strength, that is now gone.

Some of us are dead. Others may soon be.

Thus it is hard for targets of these most severe and ongoing forms of workplace bullying, cybercrime and mobbing, to actually respond to valuable, insightful posts.

...Yet some of what we learn, frightens us even more, since depending on the situation, for some, there is no way to stop it. We spend stretches of time in avoidance, finding ways periodically to dissociate from the horror, but that reality lf the nightmare eventually engulfs us again. We can never hide from it for long, particularly when a bully resorts to cyber-tactics, to ensure no escape, healing, or future employment is possible.

We learn that as bad as it all has been, indeed it can, and likely will, get worse.

......We need support, and help from others, because our own (typically strong) abilities to cope, are now depleted.

We need advocacy, major legal changes, and awareness by others, so we are not inadvertently “re-victimized” by societal ignorance.

Our usual resourcefulness and ability to land on our feet, is no longer, as the damages progress. It always seems the road to solution is so close, yet for us alone, remains perpetually just out of reach."

Can educated and "civilised" people at the University of Newcastle really do this to others and then turn away, selfishly seeking further power, promotion and rewards?

6 comments:

  1. And the academics at the University of Newcastle who destroyed my life had also committed themselves to a professional code of ethics - including doing no harm to colleagues! What a joke!

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  2. The same happened to me, I can't believe that they actually have to swear to a code of conduct. I have also been robbed of a future by the management of the University of Newcastle.

    I have been made disabled by the bullies who are protected and sanctioned by them.

    I have seen decent people (both staff and students) degraded beyond belief as the bullies continue to destroy the innocent. My relationships have suffered, my mental health is fragile. I feel afraid for the future.

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  3. Anyone interested in filing a class action against the University? If they are serious about preventing bullying, we have a very good chance of winning.

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  4. Yes, count me! I will hold my evil colleagues accountable for all of their crimes, those who have got promoted for selling their soul (and body as well?) to the devil in the chancellery.

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  5. A few of us want to expose the uni for its fraudulent research practices. That will be a big story in the papers. Big professors who have been drawing fat salaries as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in research grants and produced bugger all, beware. We will get to your dark secrets sooner or later.

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  6. I will start researching how to file a class action. The university's anti bullying website and policy will be held against them. I have recorded evidence of my dealings with a postgraduate supervisor as part of this lawsuit. There are so many stories that are about to blow open.

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