Thank you for participating in the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s Survey

Thank you for participating in the Matthew Shepard Foundation’s first-ever survey on possible new educational tools to combat bullying and its effects!

We received more than 700 unique responses to the survey, with dozens of thoughtful recommendations and personal experiences that have greatly aided our effort to shape a useful anti-bullying program.

We will report back with detailed summaries of the findings and our next steps. Meanwhile, here are a few initial facts you helped us to discover:

  • Male respondents were more likely to seek outside help for bullying.
  • Female respondents had higher rates of having acted as bullies.
  • Respondents identifying themselves as bullies were more likely overall than others to rate their local bullying problem as less severe; yet this group was still also above the average in rating the problem as most severe. This was especially enlightening, showing polarization amongst bullies themselves about the severity of the problem.
  • Finally, transgendered youth were least likely to seek help for bullying and most likely to still be bullied by peers.

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