Saturday 20 January 2018

Colin Farrell supports campaign

We are family: Colin Farrell's brother Eamon was bullied at school
We are family: Colin Farrell's brother Eamon was bullied at school

The Belong To campaign against homophobic bullying has won a large number of high-profile supporters including former Cork hurler Dónal óg Cusack and Colin Farrell, whose brother Eamon was a victim at school.

Earlier this year, Farrell published a message about his brother's experience.

"I can't remember much about the years of physical and emotional abuse my brother Eamon suffered. I was very small. The thing I do remember, though, quite literally, is blood on his school shirt when he came home in the afternoon.

"The beatings and taunting were very frequent for him and a constant part of his school years.

"Bullying is torture, it is another betrayal of basic human decency and its scars reach way into the future of its survivors. But the saddest truth is that not all children survive it.

"It is a potentially fatal societal illness and must be respected and not feared. Respected and dealt with as a very real problem and as an adversary of a potentially harmonious world, that should have no place for bullies or bullying."

Irish Independent

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