South Florida therapists try to raise awareness for bullying.

By Johnny Diaz, Staff writer

10:24 a.m. EST, December 6, 2013

One Hollywood psychotherapist has found a different way to stand up to bullying.

Gay Lynn Grigas, who speaks to Broward County students about the importance of confidence and empowerment, has launched “The Bully Map.” This new feature — found on her self-help website, — allows people to report different forms of bullying and see their incident pop up in their city, anywhere in the world.

Whether they encounter bullying at work, the office or school, people can fill out an incident report with details such as the date, setting, city and type of abuse (such as verbal or physical), along with a short description

Beyond pinpointing the incident on the map, the reports don’t go anywhere. But the point, Grigas said, is to help raise awareness of the issue and empower people to report bullying. There’s also a free app that connects users to her Trigger-Proof resources.

“The main reason I wanted to put something up is so we could begin to shine a light on the issue of bullying and do it in an anonymous way,” said Grigas, who built the site with designer Chris Caputo from MetroMediaWorks inFort Lauderdale. “It doesn’t go anywhere else. It doesn’t trigger anything. It helps to bring awareness.”

Story link:  Sun-Sentinel


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