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Whistleblowing

You discover by accident that your boss is fiddling the books. You realise that customers are being mis-sold investment products. Your professional colleague is guilty of malpractice. You're asked to endorse an activity which you know to be in breach of health and safety regulations. What do you do? Comply? Look the other way? Or do you report it?

In many cases, if you report what you've found, you'll be bullied out of your job.

The UK Public Interest Disclosure Act now offers some legal protection for concerned employees who blow the whistle. However, the consensus amongst those involved in whistleblowing cases over the last ten years is that the Act has too many get-out clauses to be effective. However, a law with loopholes is better than no law. More importantly, the presence of a whistleblowing Act on the statute books signals a shift in society's attitudes. Once society has deemed a type of behavior to be wrong, society enables, though the process of government, an Act to be passed which provides legal recourse should a person find themselves subject to the now proscribed behaviour.

The top reasons for being bullied are:

1. being in the wrong place at the wrong time
2. being good at your job
3. being popular with people
4. unwittingly drawing attention to another person's incompetence simply by being competent
5. blowing the whistle on malpractice, fraud, illegality, breaches of rules, regulations and procedures, or raising health and safety issues
6. having a high level of integrity and emotional maturity

These reasons are derived from over 10,000 cases from my UK National Workplace Bullying Advice Line and cases reported through Bully OnLine. Jealousy and envy are motivators of bullying. Employees who are bullied have often unwittingly blown the whistle, usually on someone else's shortcomings, failures, breaches of procedures, etc. After the bullying starts, the moment a bullied employee asserts their right not to be bullied, they are effectively blowing the whistle, and the bullying intensifies. Specious (plausibly deceptive) allegations, misrepresentation, fabrication and unwarranted use of disciplinary procedures follow, culminating in the inevitable unfair dismissal or ill-health retirement.

Bully OnLine is a gold mine of insight and information on bullying and harassment (including that which follows whistleblowing) and reveals the main perpetrator of bullying, the serial bully. Everyone, whether a whistleblower or not, knows at least one person in their life with the profile of the serial bully. Click here to see who has this behavior profile in your life.

Browse this web site to recognize the tactics of bullying ... start with Am I being bullied? then move on to What is bullying? To find out what you can do about bullying, click Action to tackle bullying. Have a look at the profile of the serial bully which is common to harassers, stalkers, rapists, violent partners, abusers, pedophiles, even serial killers of the organized kind.

If bullying, harassment, false allegations, threats, intimidation and unwarranted disciplinary action have resulted in injury to health - often diagnosed as "stress" - see the page on injury to health which tells you about the two types of stress (positive and negative), and also how stress can lead to suicide. Prolonged negative stress can culminate in a cocktail of symptoms often congruent with the diagnostic criteria for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.


Links to people, organizations and resources on whistleblowing

Freedom To Care, PO Box 125, West Molesey, Surrey KT8 1YE, Tel/fax 0181 224 1022, email freedomtocare@aol.com. A UK organisation for whistleblowers and their supporters, with links to similar campaigners in Australia. See FtC's request for information on tampering with healthcare records on the Media page.

The Ethics in Financial Services Network (EFISNET) web site is at http://members.aol.com/efisnet/page1.htm

The Police Ethics Network web site is at http://members.aol.com/Polethnet/page1.htm

The Hazards Magazine guide to whistleblowing and victimisation.

Dr Harash Narang is the PHLS virologist who the Tory government got rid of because they didn't like his message about the BSE danger. He now has his own site for BSE and CJD victims, families and the public.

Public Concern at Work provides free advice to employees on whistleblowing, fraud, abuse, corruption, health and safety. PCAW, Suite 306, 16 Baldwins Gardens, London EC1N 7RJ, email helpline@pcaw.co.uk, tel 020 7404 6609, fax 020 7404 6576.

Judgments in UK whistleblowing cases.

People who blow the whistle have the highest levels of integrity, moral courage and values, and are now being recognised as such: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3485348.stm

From the Journal of Public Inquiry: The international emergence of legal protections for whistleblowers

Whistleblowers Australia have a web site at http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/dissent/. Brian Martin is the author of the excellent The Whistleblower's Handbook ... click here for details.

Integrity International is Don Soeken's web site at www.whistleblowing.us

The National Whistleblower Center is at http://www.whistleblowers.org

Dave Rezachek has links to sites on personal rights and whistleblowing at http://hgea01.hgea.org/~daver/whistleb.htm#WHISTLEBLOWING

Whistleblowing in the US insurance industry.

The Compensation and Insurance Problems Page is dedicated to supplying links about Workers Compensation and Insurance Company problems.

People who blow the whistle have the highest levels of integrity, moral courage and values, and are now being recognised as such: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/3485348.stm

Awareness training for victims of legal and government abuse: the stress of living in highly regulated societies, with a predatory legal system results in a population which reflects the mental conditions of wounded, exploited, and bullied people: http://www.newswithviews.com/guest_opinion/guest70.htm

Click here for recommended reading on whistleblowing. I recommend Brian Martin's new book The Whistleblower's Handbook: how to be an effective resister. For example, Chapter 1: Seven common mistakes. Mistake #1: to trust the system. Mistake #2: not having enough evidence. And so on. Book details on suggested reading page.

More articles from Brian Martin's whistleblowers' site:

Abuse of medical assessments to dismiss whistleblowers. Referrals to psychiatrists and diagnoses of mental illness can be used to get rid of whistleblowers: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/dissent/documents/psychiatry.html

Battered plaintiffs - injuries from hired guns and compliant courts, on whistleblowers' problems with psychiatrists and lawyers by Jean Lennane: http://www.uow.edu.au/arts/sts/bmartin/dissent/documents/Lennane_battered.html


Recommended reading on identifying and dealing with bullying, harassment and psychological violence

bully in sight: how to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying; overcoming
the slience and denial by which abuse thrives by Tim Field
Bully in sight
How to predict, resist, challenge and combat workplace bullying
Overcoming the silence and denial by which abuse thrives

by
Tim Field
Foreword by Diana Lamplugh OBE
ISBN 0952912104
Published by Success Unlimited 1996, reprinted 1998, 1999 and 2001
Paperback, 16 chapters, 384 pages, resources, index
Click book cover (left) for further information

"Will be eagerly read by those waiting for an update [to Andrea Adams' book]"
Times Educational Supplement 7/3/97
"Powerful, compassionate, practical" Nursing Times, 1/1/97

Readers' feedback and comments.

Written with the experience and insight only a fellow experiencer can impart, Bully in sight validates the experience of bullying when everyone else is trying to deny it. The injury to health caused by stress resulting from bullying and harassment is described in detail.

Bully in sight identifies bullying as a major cause of stress and the common denominator of harassment, discrimination, prejudice, abuse, conflict and violence. Bully in sight offers practical advice throughout, is rich in content and free of psychobabble, and provides a chillingly accurate portrayal of the principal perpetrator of psychological violence, the serial bully.

Packed with insight, ideas and direction, plus sources of help and suggested reading.

Bully OnLine is funded by sales of this book.

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bullycide: death at playtime, an expose by Neil Marr and Tim Field of child suicide caused by
bullying at school
Bullycide
Death at playtime
An exposť of child suicide caused by bullying

by
Neil Marr and Tim Field
Introduction by Jo Brand
ISBN 0952912120
Published by Success Unlimited in January 2001
Paperback, 18 chapters, 320 pages, 30 b/w pictures, resources, index
Click book cover (left) for more details

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Recommended reading on Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and recovery from trauma

post traumatic stress disorder: the invisible injury 2001 edition by david kinchin
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
The invisible injury

by
David Kinchin

ISBN 0952912147
Published by Success Unlimited 2004
Paperback, 16 chapters, 224 pages including resources and index
Click book cover (left) for more details

"This is the book I so badly wanted when I was traumatised."
David Kinchin, Author

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: the invisible injury provides clear, practical advice for recovery from major traumatic experiences, including violence, bullying, harassment, assault, rape, accident, fire, explosion, disaster, or witnessing such events.

PTSD is a natural emotional reaction to a deeply shocking and disturbing experience. The symptoms are surprisingly common and include sleep problems, nightmares and waking early, impaired memory, inability to concentrate, hypervigilance (feels like but is not paranoia), jumpiness and exaggerated startle response, fragility and hypersensitivity, irritability, violent outbursts, joint and muscle pains, panic attacks, fatigue, low self-esteem, exaggerated feelings of guilt, feelings of nervousness and anxiety.

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