Recent acts of disrespectful behavior that have played out in the media have left many of us scratching our heads and wondering what has happened to the way we treat each other in America? From the inappropriate MTV Video Music Awards moment to other high-profile outbursts, the civility in this country appears to be declining. While these acts weren’t by any means criminal, a lack of respect is at the heart of many issues that individuals face across the nation.
The National Crime Prevention Council’s (NCPC) Circle of Respect (COR) initiative is a national campaign to create safer and more caring communities by cultivating a culture of respect in America. During the initial phase of the campaign, COR aims to create a nationwide movement that will fundamentally change the way people, particularly young people, view bullying and cyberbullying behavior. To help advance its goal, NCPC will begin hosting an online Circle of Respect Book Club in October to generate a guided national discussion about this hurtful and damaging behavior. If you would like to learn more about the Circle of Respect Book Club click here.
Joining the Circle of Respect movement means choosing to be intentional about the way we interact with others, as well as the way we teach our children and youth to interact with others. It means choosing to hold our family, friends and neighbors in a positive regard, and practicing our ability to put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. It’s a national movement that is long overdue. Circle of Respect: Are You In It?