Victim Mentality: Refuse to be one

“You can either be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It all depends on how you view your life.”~ Paulo Coelho

“You cannot continue to victimize someone else just because you yourself were a victim once—there has to be a limit” ~Edward W. Said

“Don’t let your struggle become your identity.” ~Ralston Bowles

June is Internet Safety Month!

It’s Internet Safety Month!

As a social worker and survivor of cyber crime, I want to encourage you to protect your information online. I also want to help educate others on how to do the same. June is National Internet Safety Month so it’s a great time for all of us to brush up on current safety trends and practices! Here are some quick tips to get you started this month!

Quick Tips

1
Double check which apps on your smartphone need to use your location information, especially those that track location while not being used.

2
Be careful on public wifi. Public wifi connections are often less secure than your home or work. It’s best to save sensitive transactions like online banking or money transfers until you’re on a secure connection.

3
Turn off Bluetooth when not in use. This helps limit your device’s exposure to potential hacks.

For more cybersecurity tips and information about staying safer online for kids, click here!

2017 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference

2017 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference
28 & 29 August – New York City, U.S.A – United Nations Headquarters
Theme: Uniting Nations for the Next Decade
The 2017 International Law Enforcement Intellectual Property Crime Conference will be held on August 28 and 29 at the United Nations Headquarters located in New York City, USA. This will be the 11th annual event and it is being co-hosted by INTERPOL, U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE), and the U.S. National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) in partnership with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) and the International AntiCounterfeiting Coalition (IACC).
This Conference has been recognized as the law enforcement “gold standard” for promoting global action against counterfeiting and piracy crimes. The event brings together an audience comprised of police, customs, prosecutors, other government agencies as well as rights holders representing a wide variety of industries.
The Conference provides a vital platform to share best practices, develop new tools and create stronger networks to advance the common purpose of combatting transnational organized IP crime, promoting safety worldwide and developing joint initiatives focused on enforcement, education and partnerships.
The registration site will be open shortly and we encourage you to visit this page for more information.
See you in New York City!

International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cyber Security 2017 

The International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cyber Security 2017 aims to examine and analyze the emerging Cyberlaw, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity trends of today’s times. The International Conference will be attended by international delegates.These would include representatives from the Central Government & State Governments, various Ministries, Law Enforcement Agencies, Police, Business, Information Technology, Corporate Sector, Academicians, Scholars, Service Providers, International Organizations and distinguished thought leaders. The International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity has been supported by more than 81 international and national organizations. These include UNESCO, UNODC, ITU, UNU-EGOV in the UN Family, as also by Council of Europe, Europol Cybercrime Centre, Interpol, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN), Internet Society, World Federation of Scientists, International Association of Prosecutors, Global Prosecutors E-Crime Network, Asia Cloud Computing Association and Ministry of Electronics & Information Technology, Government of India.
The International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity shall aim to analyze some of the important aspects pertaining to evolving jurisprudence concerning #Cyber Law, Cyber Crime and Cybersecurity.
51 distinct topics and subjects would be covered in the International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime & Cybersecurity 2017. 

World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017: Stockholm Sweden!

World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017was amazing!!

550 delegates and speakers from all over the world attended the first World Anti-Bullying Forum May 7-9 in Stockholm, Sweden. The aim of this international and multidisciplinary conference was to broaden understanding of bullying, harassment, discrimination, and other of forms of inhumane actions and violence among children and youth. By sharing knowledge, exploring new perspectives and acknowledging that bullying and other forms of violence have to be understood as a complex interplay between individual and contextual factors we move forward and improve both the understanding and the solutions. The intention of the conference was to create multidisciplinary and cross-level dialogues, panels and meetings to improve the understanding of bullying and the work to stop and prevent it. We met our goals and expectations of the first World Anti-Bullying Forum and we look forward to exploring the possibilities of making this a bi-yearly event.

 

http://www.wabf2017.com/

2017 Anti-Bullying Conference- Riverside California

Anti-Bullying Conference

The 2017 Anti-Bullying Conference will gather school administrators, educators, law enforcement officials, psychologists, youth organization leaders, community representatives, parents and others from Southern California and beyond who are committed to addressing the bullying epidemic.

The annual conference will present the most up-to-date knowledge and offer many occasions for structured dialogue regarding bullying.  Presentations will be on the latest anti-bullying research, provide practical tools that attendees can take back to their schools and organizations. Our goal is to create awareness, promote workable solutions for preventing bullying and promote an opportunity for professional development.

Companies or organizations requiring an invoice or sending payment, please download the Conference Registration Form.  Return form to Riverside Medical Clinic Charitable Foundation, PO Box 2605, Riverside, CA 92516; email to Cheryl@RMCcharity.org; or fax to 951-682-2755.  For further information, call the Foundation at (951) 682-2753.

ABI Conference Registration Form

International Bullying Prevention Association(IBPA) hosts an annual conference November 5-7 in Nashville!!

International Bullying Prevention Association

The International Bullying Prevention Association (IBPA) hosts an annual conference to bring together those working to keep our schools and communities safe from bullying. Join us Nov. 5-7 in Nashville.

Girl Bullying & Empowerment National Conference in Las Vegas June 27-30!!

ABOUT THIS CONFERENCE

Join us in Las Vegas!


Download the Brochure


REGISTER NOW


For the past 10 years, the Girl Bullying Conference has brought focus to the problem of relational aggression among girls. Quite naturally, many of the field-tested interventions presented at this unique gathering encourage friendship, sisterhood and building other types of supportive relationships – hence the added emphasis on female empowerment.

Now in its 11th year, the Girl Bullying & Empowerment Conference will be more accessible – with locations in Orlando and Las Vegas. This unique gathering will help counselors, principals, teachers, social workers and other professionals understand the latest research and field-tested strategies designed to address relational aggression and to build positive, supportive relationships among girls.

Featured topics include:

  • Keys to Transforming Aggressive Young People
  • How Gender Differences in the Brain Relate to Bullying
  • Proactive Prevention Strategies
  • Empowering Bystanders to Become Interveners
  • Elementary School Girl Bullying Programs
  • Field-Tested Girl Empowerment Programs
  • What Works with Middle Schoolers
  • Using Multimedia & Drama to Prevent Bullying
  • Girls with Disabilities Facing Bullying
    Effective Disciplinary Approaches
  • Legal Perspectives on Bullying and Cyberbullying
  • Research-Based Approaches
  • And Much More!16_GBC_Logo girl bullying conference las vegas

Cyberbullying Laws in West Virginia

Cyberbullying Laws in West Virginia

Bullying is behavior that may be punished under school policy (see below) and even criminal statutes, such as the following.

Criminal statutes

Stalking and harassment. Prosecutors may charge cyberbullying under West Virginia’s stalking and harassment law, as when the bully repeatedly bothers or threatens a victim in a way that causes reasonable mental or emotional distress, or reasonable fear of imminent injury.

Violation of this law carries a fine of up to $1,000, up to six months in jail, or both. However, potential fines and time behind bars increase when certain aggravating factors exist. Among such factors are prior harassment convictions and the crime taking place in violation of a restraining order. (W. Va. Ann. Code § 61-2-9a; for more on sentencing in West Virginia, see West Virginia Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences and West Virginia Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences.)

Unlawful telephone calls. Bullies may also face criminal charges for making unlawful telephone calls. This crime applies where someone makes telephone calls to a victim that are obscene, repeated, anonymous, or threatening toward the victim or the victim’s property. The crime of unlawful telephone calls may incur a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 61-8-16.)

Unlawful computer communications. Conduct that would be criminal under the unlawful-telephone-calls law, but which occurs by way of computer or other electronic device, constitutes the offense of unlawful computer communications. This offense applies to other kinds of similar behavior, too. It carries a fine of up to $500, up to six months in jail, or both. Second and subsequent convictions incur up to $1,000 by way of fine, up to one year in jail, or both. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 61-3C-14a.)

School policies

West Virginia law requires that each county school board establish an anti-bullying policy for its schools. Each policy must contain several components. Among the necessary components are :

  • a definition of harassment, intimidation, and bullying, and a statement prohibiting such behavior
  • procedures for reporting, documenting, and responding to bullying incidents
  • procedures for protecting victims and people who report bullying, and
  • a disciplinary procedure for students who bully.

Board policies must appear in student handbooks, and in county board publications that set forth the rules and standards for school conduct. (W.Va. Ann. Code § 18-2C-3.)

Defenses to Criminal Charges

Depending on the circumstances, those who face criminal charges stemming from bullying accusations may be able to claim the following defenses or ones similar to them.

Free speech

Free speech (which includes words and related actions) is a fundamental, yet limited right under the United States Constitution. Examples of speech potentially constituting a crime are falsely yelling “fire!” in a crowded theatre and comments that may qualify as terrorist threats.

The line between protected and criminal speech isn’t always clear. In a given case, a defense attorney might have a legitimate argument that alleged acts of cyberbullying really constituted legitimate speech that’s protected under the Constitution.

Reasonable reaction

Some crimes require that the victim experience a particular reaction that’s reasonable under the circumstances. For instance, West Virginia’s criminal harassment and stalking law requires that the bully’s behavior cause the victim to feel fear or mental or emotional distress, and that the fear or distress be reasonable under the circumstances. So, if the victim was hypersensitive to behavior that wouldn’t have created the required reaction in a reasonable person, then a violation of the statute hasn’t occurred.