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2015 Bullying Survey Results

More than 3,000 young people from 73 schools and colleges across the UK have taken part in the 'Annual Bullying Survey 2015', conducted by the anti-bullying charity, 'Ditch The Label'.

The survey results show that appearance is the number 1 aggressor of bullying.

Young people who have a disability, define themselves as LGBT or come from low income backgrounds were at highest risk of being bullied.

Liam Hackett, the CEO of Ditch the Label said: 

This year, we further explored the emotional and behavioural impact of bullying and the results are, we feel, sobering to the figureheads in society who believe that bullying is ‘just part of growing up’. Eating disorders, drug abuse, suicide attempts and risky sexual activity are not and should never be 'just part of growing up’.

Headline statistics from the survey

The bullied:

43% of young people said they had been bullied.

44% of which are bullied at least once a week.

51% said they were bullied because of attitudes towards how they look.

Of those who have been bullied:

  • 74% have at some point been physically attacked;
  • 17% have been sexually assaulted;
  • 62% have been cyber bullied.

The results of bullying:

As a result of bullying, 29% self harmed, 27% skipped class, 14% developed an eating disorder and 12% ran away from home.

The bullies:

50% of young people have bullied another person, 30% of which do it at least once a week.

Of those who were bullied, 98% were bullied by another student, 17% by a sibling, 13% by a teacher and 8% by their parents/guardians.

Those who have bullied were more likely to be in trouble with the Police (36%) vs. witnesses to bullying (23%) and those who have been bullied (22%).


69% of young people have witnessed somebody else being bullied, 43% of which see it at least once a week.

Reporting bullying:

55% reported bullying:

  • 92% to a teacher, 49% were satisfied.
  • 86% to a family member, 82% were satisfied.
  • 69% to a friend, 72% were satisfied.

45% did not report bullying:

  • 32% of which felt it would not be taken seriously,
  • 32% were too embarrassed and
  • 26% were scared of it getting worse.

Read the full survey

Download the full report below (PDF 8MB) or you can view it online on the Ditch The Label website

Last updated: 01 May 2015

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