Suicide and mental Health Conditions caused by continuous bullying needs to be Addressed in the Criminal act
Dear readers, it is important that this is signed by South Australia Residents only.
The petition of the undersigned citizens of South Australia draws the attention of the House to the fact that:
• Continuous Bullying now takes many forms.
• Laws are inadequate and do not reflect developments in technology and social networking.
• Suicide is the leading cause of death in young people in Australia.
• The crimminal law consolidation Act 1935 section 19AA and Education School Education Act 1972 require amendment to include Continuous bullying, and cyber-bullying to make these punishable acts.
• Bullying is reported to cost the economy $36 billion per year.
Your Petitioners therefore request that the House:
• Acknowledge laws are insufficient to protect physical and mental safety.
• Acknowledge the deaths of Jessica tolhurst  and Charlotte Dawson and the public campaigns that ensued calling for bullying-specific laws.
• Acknowledge many recent cases of suicide purportedly induced by bullying.
• Recognise 1 in 4 Australian children report being bullied, but many instances go unreported, with research revealing perceived lack of adult interest as the reason.
• Acknowledge data indicating an increase of 657% in youth self harm and suicide.
• Amend the crimminal law consolidation Act 1935 section 19AA to include:
o Continuous bullying as a criminal offence;
o Continuous cyber-bullying as a criminal offence;
o Continuous bullying or cyber-bullying resulting in psychological harm as a criminal offence; and
o inciting suicide and self harm by Continuous bullying, cyber-bullying or stalking.
• Amend the School Education Act 1972to include Continuous bullying as a form of unacceptable behaviour punishable in accordance with the crimminal law consolidation Act 1935 section 19AA