Brodie's Law19 March 2013
A range of prominent Victorians have added their voices to a new Victorian Government campaign to take a stand against bullying.
Department of Justice Director of Strategic Communication Simon Troeth said the video, released to coincide with the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, would be used to educate Victorians about the dangers of bullying and their ability to take action to stop bullying.
"This powerful video sends a clear message from high-profile Victorians that threatening or bullying behaviour - wherever it occurs - will not be tolerated," Mr Troeth said.
"This video urges Victorians to make a report to police if you or someone you know is being bullied, and reminds Victorians that laws are in place to punish serious bullying by up to ten years in jail."
The video focuses on Brodie's Law, introduced in Victoria in 2011 after the tragic suicide of 19-year-old Brodie Panlock, who was subjected to relentless bullying in her workplace.
The Victorian Government's 'Take a stand against bullying' campaign has already distributed information about bullying and bullying laws to more than 10,000 schools, workplaces and police stations across Victoria.
The video includes Brodie's parents Damien and Rae Panlock along with musicians Lisa Mitchell and Mark Seymour, former AFL player David "The Ox" Schwarz, Detective Superintendent Murray Fraser from Victoria Police, and anti-bullying coach Sue Anderson.
Mr Panlock said the campaign sends a message that everyone has a responsibility to take a stand against bullying.
"We want to get it out there that bullying is not OK, it's not on. If you step over the line and start to disturb someone mentally or physically, then you will have to take responsibility for what you do," Mr Panlock said.
Brodie's Law ambassador and anti-bullying coach Sue Anderson said people being bullied need to know that it's okay to ask for help.
"Speak up about what you are experiencing and seek help – you do not have to deal with this on your own," Ms Anderson said.
"It takes great courage to decide to interrupt and no longer participate in an ongoing bullying situation. You do not deserve to be bullied - you didn't ask for it, and you don't have to accept it."
"We all have the power to take a stand against bullying by listening to and supporting the target of the bullying, speaking up and spreading the word that bullying is never acceptable and is not welcome in our community," Ms Anderson said.
If you have been bullied, or know someone who has, help and support is available. Anyone who needs crisis support can call Lifeline 24/7 on 13 11 14 or your local police.
To view the video or for information about Victoria'’s anti-bullying laws visit: www.justice.vic.gov.au/saynotobullying