Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Community Safety Hyper-vigilantism Covert Bullying "Just so you know, I thought you should know"


Say No to Bullying Vigilantism, Sexism, Racism and Homophobia



Pete Dowe




The Rise of Hyper-vigilantism. On the Road to Nowhere.



According to the NSW Rape Crisis centre, only 1% of sexual assaults are committed by strangers. 

Hyper-vigilantes have weakened our community by turning on other citizens without due process. 

Citizens must advocate to authorities for community safety outcomes.


"Just so you know, I don't like the look of him, I thought you should know" 


is not a community safety nor national security issue

It is covert bullying. 

There ought be onus on citizens to be genuine in complaints. 


Pete Dowe







"Bullying in the school yard or workplace is always unacceptable 
because of the damage and harm it causes..."


Liberal candidate for Frankston Sean Armistead 
The Age 19.6.14


"Bullying outside school or the workplace with the damage and harm it causes

is however apparently acceptable?"


Pete Dowe



What is Bullying?

Bullying is defined as the repeated less favourable TREATMENThttps://cdncache-a.akamaihd.net/items/it/img/arrow-10x10.png of a person by another or others in the workplace 

which may be considered unreasonable and inappropriate in workplace practice. 

It includes behaviour that could be expected to intimidate, offend, degrade, 

humiliate undermine or threaten.



Covert Bullying

Examples of covert bullying may include:

  • deliberate exclusion, isolation or alienation of the employee from normal work interaction, such as intentionally excluding the employee from meetings
  • placing unreasonably high work demands on one employee but not on others
  • allocation of demeaning jobs or meaningless tasks only
  • unreasonably ignoring the employee
  • undermining another employee, including encouraging others to "gang up" on the employee

  • deliberately withholding information that a person needs to exercise her or his role or entitlements within the University
  • repeated refusal of requests for leave or training without adequate explanation and suggestion of alternatives.
  • demeaning remarks

  • constant unreasonable and unconstructive criticism


Effects of bullying


Bullying in the workplace can result in absenteeism, reduced staff productivity and motivation, and loss of experienced and skilled staff through resignation. 


Bullying may also have significant social and health costs for individual staff, including loss of 

confidence, increased anxiety, depression, loss of sleep, headaches and increased blood pressure.

Bullying can also affect others in the workplace in a similar way, even when they are only witnesses to the bullying and are not subject to the bullying themselves.

In addition to productivity and staff turnover issues, bullying has a seriously negative effect on the University through both management time in dealing with the problem and potential legal implications.


 Pete Dowe,

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