Bullying is not a new phenomenon. Bullies and bullying have existed for thousands of years in different disguises. Bigger armies have picked on smaller armies, gangs have picked on individuals, and big people have picked on smaller people. These days you might find all types of bullying in politics, law enforcement, and in every walk of life. Bullying, while not new, is much easier today, due to social media and the ability to bully someone without them knowing who you are. The problem has further become a national one, because we now constantly see proof of bullying, thanks to cell phones and other various means used to record instances of violence.
We at Rock’em Don’t Sock’em want to stop bullying before it starts or end it while it’s going on. We want to challenge both sides to a “fair fight.” The challenge is based on the competition of rock climbing and other physical activities. These activities may assist the bully in using his or her energy in a more productive manner by allowing them to release the frustration that may have been built up and thus resulted in the negative expression of bullying. It also would give the person being bullied an opportunity to work out in an atmosphere that promotes an environment driven by positive reinforcement.
We have developed a credo that forms the basis of our manifesto. It is as follows:
Anyone who wants to participate in any of the activities offered by Rock’em Don’t Sock’em must subscribe to this credo and these tenets or they cannot participate. We are here to help stamp out bullying, not perpetuate it.
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