Policy on Bullying
Victorian Agricultural Shows Limited
The Mansfield A&P Society (the Society) embrace and adhere to the VAS Ltd Policy on Bullying. Bullying is an issue in many sports today. VAS Ltd wants members, organisers and officials to know that bullying is not acceptable at any VAS Ltd events.
Every official, competitor and helper has the right to be treated with dignity and respect. The Society has a responsibility to ensure this occurs at our events. The Society/VAS can only discipline the appropriate person/s if intimidation is reported. We encourage any person who feels they have been bullied to report it in writing the the Mansfield A&P Society/VAS.
What is Bullying?
Bullying is an inappropriate behaviour using force or power. Bullying undermines another person's self-esteem and confidence. It may be a one off or may be repeated incidents - disparaging remarks; public criticism; verbal abuse; written abuse; threats; shouting; sarcasm; belittling, name calling; smirking; harassment; swearing; socially excluding people; spreading rumours and innuendo; throwing papers etc down and around.
None of this is EVER acceptable. Please report it to an official. Being uptight at a competition is no excuse for bad behaviour.
Why do people Bully?
Those who can, do. Those who can't bully. The more inadequate the person, the more they bully.
Who are Bullies?
People in authority can victimise people with less power. They are often charming to those they are not bullying, which can make it even more difficult for their victims to complain. Some are clever, competent sophisticated manipulators who enjoy dominating and humiliating others. They like to see their victims squirm.
How do Bullies respond when challenged?
What is the cost of Bullying?
Bullying is not confined to the school yard. It costs Australians an estimated $12 billion a year.
How do I handle a Bully?
Who do Bullies Target?
Bullies often target people who have made a mistake. We all occasionally make mistakes. Riders do, officials do and judges do. Bullies often attach people who are victims - the "blame the victim" syndrome. For example, an organiser gets abused when a computer, PA, printer or photocopier breaks down or weather conditions damage a riding surface or blow arenas down.