VICTORIA - The B.C. government says groups needing help to fight bullying can now apply for a share of money from funds seized from the proceeds of crime.
The government says $1 million is up for grabs, and schools, police agencies and community groups can make applications to use some of that money for programs to combat bullying.
The offer follows an anti-bullying summit held by the government on Tuesday in Vancouver in which it announced a website that students can use to report bullying.
Proceeds of crime funds are usually devoted to anti-crime and victim support services, but Justice Minister Shirley Bond says it's become clear the money can also be used to back community-led efforts to fight bullying.
In addition to anti-bullying programs, the government says the proceeds-of-crime grants can also be used for projects aimed at preventing family violence, violence against women, stopping young people from drifting into crime and other programs.
Since 2006 the B.C. government has seized $26.7 million in proceeds of crime, including the forfeiture of cash, homes, cars and other property.
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"Twilight" hunk Robert Pattinson claims he was bullied while attending <a href="http://www.metro.co.uk/showbiz/816987-robert-pattinson-i-was-bullied-at-school">Harrodian School</a> in west London, Metro UK reports. The actor apparently got hit a lot because he liked to "behave like an actor."
Oscar and Emmy winner Kate Winslet endured merciless taunting while in school, CBS News reports. Classmates mocked her weight by calling her "<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/2100-207_162-2144550.html">Blubber</a>."
Academy Award-winning director Steven Spielberg's mother claims that neighbours in their suburban Phoenix, AZ community used to taunt the family. Eve Adler told 60 Minutes that people used to chant, "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/steven-spielberg-anti-semitism-bullying_n_2002155.html?utm_hp_ref=canada-british-columbia&ir=Canada%20British%20Columbia">The Spielbergs are dirty Jews.</a>"
Now who got the upper hand here? Supermodel Tyra Banks was <a href="http://blog.sfgate.com/dailydish/2011/11/11/tyra-banks-opens-up-about-being-bullied/">teased by schoolmates</a> for her taller frame, the San Francisco Gate reported. But the bullying didn't end there. Early on in her modeling career she was taunted for her curvy figure.
The King of Rock and Roll didn't always have fans falling at his feet. The Daily Mail reports that Elvis Presley got bullied by fellow students at <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1302136/Elvis-The-intimate-portrait-King-best-friend-29-years.html">Humes High School</a> because he never wore jeans.
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Chris Rock may be a funny guy, but the bullying he experienced in school is no joke. In 2001 he told CNN's Larry King Live that he got called "<a href="http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0102/12/lkl.00.html">n***** every day</a>."
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