New Jersey "It Gets Better" Video Released Today
In recognition of National Anti-Bullying Month, U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and a bipartisan group of New Jersey Congressional Delegation members today released a video message for the "It Gets Better Project" to encourage young people who are bullied in New Jersey and around the country that "it gets better."
"The tragic impact of bullying in our schools, households, neighborhoods and even online has the attention of the entire nation and we must continue taking steps to prevent our young people from being abused and tormented," said Senator Lautenberg. "This video is a message to kids in New Jersey and around the country -- we are on your side, and we are here to tell you that it gets better."
The video is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XsHwmqp567Q
Members of the delegation who participated in the video include Senators Lautenberg and Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Congressmen Rush Holt (D-NJ-12), Leonard Lance (R-NJ-7), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ-2), Bill Pascrell (D-NJ-8), Donald Payne (D-NJ-10), Steve Rothman (D-NJ-9), Jon Runyan (R-NJ-3), and Albio Sires (D-NJ-13).
The delegation's video was made as part of the It Gets Better Project, an online resource for LGBT young people that has inspired more than 25,000 user-created videos including videos by President Obama, entertainers, and sports teams like the Philadelphia Phillies and DC United. The project's website, www.itgetsbetter.org, is a place where people can share their stories, support their family and friends, and seek help.
Earlier this year, Senator Lautenberg and Congressman Rush Holt (D-NJ-12) reintroduced the "Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act," which would require colleges and universities that receive federal student aid to have in place a policy that prohibits harassment of students based on their actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion.
The legislation is named in honor of Tyler Clementi, a freshman at Rutgers University who took his life in September 2010 after a bullying incident in which other students used the internet to harass him and violate his privacy.