Christopher Eccleston, the Ninth Doctor, has joined the Stand Up to Bullying campaign. On 5th July, the campaign encourages you to share your experiences and stand up with the hashtag #StandUpToBullying.
Eccleston appeared on Good Morning Britain on 28 July to discuss the goals of the campaign. During the program, he revealed that he was bullied as a child and that experience led him to bully another child.
“The pop psychology of it is: ‘I bullied because I was bullied,’ Eccleston said during his interview. I don’t know that I accept that, I know that I feel a great deal of shame,” he explained. “It was a very sensitive boy in my class. At break time, I used to make him give me his crisps….One of the big factors I think for all people who are bullied is shame,” Eccleston said. “I could never tell my parents that I was being bullied because I grew up in quite a macho culture and you’re supposed to stand up for yourself.”
He went on the express deep remorse for his behaviour, and to remind others to speak up if they have been bullied.
Stand Up To Bullying
Stand Up To Bullying is run by The Diane Award. The fund set up after Princess Diane’s death by her sons to help young people change the world for the better.
The Stand Up To Bullying campaign has three goals
- raise public awareness about bullying and its long term effect.
- Create understanding of our collective role in tackling bullying.
- Empower the public with the tools to stand up to bullying; wherever they are.
‘Bullying isn’t confined to the school gates. Its victims aren’t limited to young people. It also exists at home and in our wider communities, in boardrooms, lunchrooms, on high streets, stadiums and pubs. And of course, bullying exists online: The result can be a constant, and unrelenting attack.’