We received this from Edie Stephenson of Kearney, MO. For more information on our Opinion Section please click here.
We petition the Missouri House of Representatives (99th General Assembly-2016) for protection against the bullying of seniors/elderly and disabled persons living in community settings including public or subsidized multi-unit housing programs. Bullying exists here and it exists nationally.
People need to be safe from psychological as well as physical abuse in their homes.
Bullying consists of trying to control another person by intentional, repeated, aggressive, inappropriate actions that can cause psychological and physical harm.
It deprives us of our human and civil rights. We experience isolation, exclusion,
rejection, malicious gossip, emotional abuse, and even violence. Our lives are consumed by conflict and stress, causing both emotional and physical illness. We live in fear of unfair eviction and the peril of homelessness. Bullying prevents a healthy community life; it is harmful to residents, staff, and visitors, as well as managers.
We seek broad, bipartisan support for laws to protect our seniors and disabled persons in community living situations. We need your support. Please, urge your Legislators to establish this.