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Post-Event Resources: Curbing the Culture of Shame – A Discussion on the Impact of Cyberbullying (5/14/2020)

On May 14, 2020, the Marion Institute, in partnership with the New Bedford Lyceum, presented a virtual discussion responding to themes presented in the award-winning documentary “Audrie & Daisy”, a film that takes a hard look at American’s teenagers who are coming of age in this new world of social media bullying, spun wildly out of control.


Audrie & Daisy is an urgent real-life drama that examines the ripple effects on families, friends, schools and communities when two underage young women find that sexual assault crimes against them have been caught on camera. The assembled panel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in working with victims and survivors of sexual assault and gender based violence and they will discuss topics including victim’s rights.

This event was originally scheduled to take place at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, in conjunction with the New Bedford Lyceum Presents Monica Lewinsky: A Conversation on Cyberbullying and Our Culture of Humiliation. Ms. Lewinsky is a passionate advocate against cyberbullying and though the event at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center has been cancelled, all presenting organizations felt that this topic was too important to silence the community conversation that was started in preparation for Ms. Lewinsky’s visit.

“Curbing the Culture of Shame” was part of VAHA! New Bedford’s programming in recognition of May Mental Health Awareness Month.

FULL RECORDING: Zoom Webinar, May 14, 2020


** A wide range of educational material for teachers, parents, and communities can be found on the Audrie & Daisy film website,, including:

Another valuable resource is Bystander Revolution, a website offering practical, crowdsourced advice about simple things individuals can do to defuse bullying and help shift the culture. No matter who you are or what you’re facing, you can find personal stories, suggestions, and encouragement from someone who has dealt with a similar issue. Search by problem or solution to find tips from people who have been targets, people who have been bystanders, and even people who have bullied.

Resources from Presenting Organizations:

Resources & Tools for Victims, Parents, Educators, Students, and Advocates

Statistics & Research

Send a Message of Support

Sexual assault and cyberbullying has an effect not only on the victim of the assault or harassment, but also on the family and friends of that individual. The families in Audrie & Daisy are real, and their stories were bravely and boldly told in the film. If you would like to leave a message of support for anyone featured in the documentary, please post it in the comments below and we will make sure they receive your message.

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