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OJJDP Recognizes National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, a national campaign to raise awareness about the prevalence and consequences of bullying and to highlight prevention and intervention approaches for individuals, schools, and communities.

More than 22 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school during the 2019 school year, according to the Report on Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2020

In October 2021, OJJDP launched a national initiative to prevent youth hate crimes and identity-based bullying. OJJDP kicked off the initiative with a two-day virtual symposium on identity-based bullying and youth-related hate crimes. It was followed by 13 webinars on hate crime prevention strategies and seven youth roundtables to elevate youth voices on the topic of hate crime, identity-based bullying, and radicalization of youth by hate groups. In addition, resources currently in development include a curriculum to prevent hate crimes by youth, a special report and a fact sheet.

OJJDP also supports StopBullying.gov, a federal website devoted to identifying and preventing bullying, including cyberbullying and identity-based bullying. 


Date Published: October 5, 2022