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)

Monday, February 2, 2015

Frighteningly the same as at the University of Newcastle - getting away scot-free

The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse is today focusing on the Jewish community.

Statements by those abused are eerily reminiscent of what has happened to those of us who spoke about misconduct at the University of Newcastle and were bullied out of our jobs, harassed, and ostracised and have suffered terribly as a result.

Manny Waks, a victim of abuse, said

"He and his family have now left the country for a new life in Europe, "predominantly as a result of the intimidation and bullying that's been going on against me and my family," he said. "

""Those who were involved in the facilitating the abuse, covering up... intimidation, they've gotten away scot free until now," Mr Waks said."

The lack of response by staff at the University of Newcastle is also alarmingly the same as that expressed by the Editor of the Australian Jewish News, Zeddy Lawrence.  He said:-

""There were victims I think, who feel that people in authority at the time the crimes were committed, who could and should have done more," he said.

"There's a feeling that some of those people are actually still in position of responsibility today and haven't owned up to or apologised for their role in covering up crimes that were committed.

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