Leicestershire Anti-Bullying Team
Advice for Young People

Guide for Dealing with Homophobic Bullying

The first thing is to get safe. You can:

  • Tell the person to back off (You can say something like, “Maybe you didn’t mean anything by it, but ...” or, something more angry than educational, such as, “Leave it out! Get your hands off me!”.
  • But don’t escalate the situation by calling the offender names or threatening to get physical.
    Defuse the situation, if it seems to be getting physical (“Never mind; let’s forget it.”), and go to a safe place.

Think about your possible choices:

  • Is there a safe place nearby? Are there people close by who could help you?
  • Is there more than one bully? Does the bully have a weapon? Could you use your voice and your body to protect yourself by yelling, running away, fi ghting back, or attracting someone’s attention?
  • Sometimes people decide that not resisting is the best way to minimise physical injury or further danger.
  • However you respond, remember that the assault is not your fault

After you are safe:

  • Talk with someone you trust, someone you feel safe and comfortable with, such as a good friend.
  • Tell an adult. Maybe there’s an adult at school whom you trust... a particular counsellor or teacher, the nurse, the principal, a school security person, or whomever you trust most. If that doesn’t work, ask their supervisors for help.
  • Maybe you feel you need to go outside the school for help, to a parent or guardian or a family friend. Whomever seems safest, do tell an adult. As understanding as a friend your own age
    may be, there are some times when only an adult can provide protection or legal advice or that sort of thing.
  • Write down everything that happened (who said and did what, the time and place, and who was involved, including witnesses).
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