BRAVE Society sponsors ‘Say Something, Do Something’ Conference
Anti-peer abuse event part of National Bullying Prevention Month

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Board of Education members Darrel Woo and Jay Hansen join SCUSD staff at an anti-bullying rally at the Capitol.

As part of National Bullying Prevention Month, SCUSD’s Bullying Prevention Specialist Jessica Wharton will speak at the BRAVE (Bullies Really Are Violating Everyone) Society’s second annual Say Something, Do Something Peer Abuse Prevention and Intervention Conference on Saturday, October 12, at Capitol Christian Center, 9470 Micron Ave., Sacramento.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. The conference will open at 10 a.m. and run until 5 p.m.

This year’s conference will focus on educating and empowering “bystanders” who are witnesses to bullying and peer-abuse. Attendees will learn intervention strategies that will help those bystanders recognize bullying and peer abuse and become part of the solution in protecting victims.

BRAVE Program Director Dr. Shadi Barfjani said bystanders are “neutral safe players that need to realize that playing it safe is not really safe at all.”

“The only way to break the cycle of ignorance is by creating awareness through open communication and that is what we are hoping to achieve through our programs and our October conference,” Barfjani said.

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