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VIDEO: “Bullying Is Violence” campaign launched on anniversary of Tyler Clementi’s death

NEW YORK -- Bullying is any form of repeated violence.

It can involve verbal or physical attacks, sexual violence, intimidation or cyber bullying to make someone feel powerless.

It can be based on a person’s actual or perceived identity including sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or HIV status. Bullying can happen to anyone.

One year ago today, Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, took his own life after experiencing anti-LGBTQ bullying. To mark this important date, the Anti-Violence Project (AVP) teamed up with Daniel Azarian and Underdog Entertainment to produce a series of Public Service Announcements to bring awareness to the growing problem of anti-LGBTQ violence.

Please help spread the word.

• Watch the PSA below. “Like” them on Facebook and share them with your friends and loved ones.

• Get involved by joining the outreach team to raise awareness on the street and in the community.

• Request a workshop or training to learn more about the connections between bullying and violence. Together we can end violence affecting LGBTQ people in all its forms and make our city safer for everyone.

AVP encourages you to report any anti-LGBTQ bias, including hate speech, bullying, harassment and physical violence, to its 24-hour bilingual (English/Spanish) hotline at (212) 714-1141 where you can speak with a trained counselor and seek the support you need. More information about the New York City Anti-Violence Project can be found HERE and on Facebook.