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Relationship Between Aspergers and Cyber-Bullying

I have a disability called Asperger's Syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder that is characterized by difficulties in social interaction, as well as restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests, so I am bullied a lot. The bullying started in Kindergarten and it is continuing in the present day. It was just teasing and name-calling, and the expression "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me" is wrong. Words do hurt a lot, some may even kill. But one day, this incident changed my life forever.

One day, I was on MySpace and some guy I didn't even know said very mean things to me. He called me a b!@#$ and said he was going to f!@# me up. The Next Day, he wrote other mean stuff, saying f!@# my dad and calling him Mr. Clean since he shaved his hair years ago. We reported the incident to the school, and they said they were going to investigate it, but about a week later, we didn't hear anything about the incident. We decided to report it to the Police, but they said that I should sign up for self defense classes. The underlying attitude was that it was my fault that I was getting bullied. Now, I am afraid that next time my parents report bullying, they'll say,"Your son's a little different and it bothers other people, so he brings this on himself because of who he is." Since I have Asperger Syndrome, I was bullied because I was different from other kids. Today, I heard nothing from the investigation, and I still get bullied today.

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Cyber Bullying
by: Kansas Lady

I am sick every time I read of the incredible bullying that goes on in this world. I am so sorry for what you have had to endure. It is not right.

Bullying is destroying the lives of many good and innocent people. I am especially distraught since law enforcement would not help you. That is happening every where in America today, especially small towns. Bullies control the small rural towns. This is very raw for me as we just lost a family member this past week to murder by a law enforcement bullying spouse.

We must find a way to stop this insanity.

Don't disrespect me because I'm different.
by: Anonymous

I feel very sorry for you. I have Aspergers myself. I never chat online with anybody though. I do my best to practice good social skills and act normal because I would feel better about myself. I had a good time in grammar school, although people called me bad girl alot and I was a good kid. In third grade, I wanted respect, and to not be made fun of, but then I earned respect. High school was difficult, in reports from IEP meetings, people commented on how "shy" I was, And that I "had no close friends," and I did. When I heard people say "she doesn't talk to anybody, it upset me, made me feel inferior, and I am a queen, god-dammit! An almighty queen who deserves respect! Then in my senior year of high school I wanted to make friends and them to call me on the phone, and this girl did call me. But then she called me five times one day and I don't want anybody calling me THAT much. When I stated that she made me feel uncomfortable. I will not put up with abuse ever!! She wanted me to give her a dollar $40. But all I had was a fifty dollar bill. Well, my dad found it, and asked where it came from, and I told him (name withheld) wanted me to bring it to her. And he knew she was manipulating me, and told me don't give it to her. When she called, my dad told her off and called one of my teachers, the next day a paraprofessional said that was extortion. Then I found out she asked another aspergers student, a boy a grade behind me, to do the same thing, for him to do HER schoolwork. The thing is, he told one time "you know who I don't like? (name withheld)?. I was shocked. I knew her face, and I heard the name, but I could not put them together, I did not have a class with her, I had math class with her sister, who was more pleasant and nicer. This situation has taught me to be careful who you associate with. Good thing is when I found this out, it was the last week of school and I was about to graduate. I am 27 years old now, I don't work, still live at home with my dad, who had went though bullying at his workplace later on, he is now retired. I have been seeing a therapist for six years now to deal with my troubles and feel better and such. All I have to say is, if a comment is bothering to go and tell your teacher or guidance counselor, they could get you some help. I wish I did. It still sometimes haunts me to this day.

Bullying online
by: Anonymous

I became a member of an online support group for Asperger's adults and found that the facilitator demonstrated a passive aggressive attitude to me to the point of deleting my posts etc and at other times not even placing them on the page. I found that my computer had been compromised and was told by a technician it had been hacked. It became obvious who was doing this after my Skype page was inaccessible and instead was replaced by the bully's Skype home page.

I had to leave the site and cut contact with people associated with him via sites he technically helped to establish. This has left me isolated. I''m actually apprehensive about writing this as I am afraid of a backlash if he somehow becomes aware of this letter.
I'm aware this may sound paranoid and I feel that this is what he counts on.... the manner in which he operates is very covert . I did mention it to one person who thought it best not to say anything because it might sound petty.

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