About Acception Productions Meet The Director Why Acception?
About Acception Productions
Acception Productions, LLC was established in 2011 with the goal of solving the bullying epidemic in schools across the United States. Through multimedia entertainment and evidence-informed educational programs, we provide answers to students, parents, teachers, and administrators on how they can prevent and stop bullying. We also recognize that students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, or have unwanted same-sex attraction (LGBTQU) are more likely to be bullied than others. As a result, we are bringing awareness to this issue by making many online resources available to LGBTQU students that visit our website, as well as encouraging other students to accept and appreciate differences through our educational programs.
Our inaugural program, Acception, is a groundbreaking 21-minute film that follows four high school students as they perform a classroom assignment on bullying and LGBTQU issues. Based on true stories, Acception shows the real-life struggle of students who are bullied because of their sexuality, and how they overcome these hurdles to accept themselves. Through social network websites and original animations, students learn that “hurting people, hurt people” and are empowered to “Be a Hero” and solve the bullying problem in their own schools.
Along with this groundbreaking film, we have created a corresponding curriculum which compliments existing health education curriculums already in place in schools across the country. Beginning in January, 2012 we are also starting a “Be a Hero” campaign in schools across the country. Be on the lookout for “Be a Hero” posters and “Be a Hero” wristbands in your school, and if you don’t see them, ask your teacher or principal to visit our website and learn more about how your school can start a “Be a Hero” program and prevent bullying!
Christopher Doyle, M.A. is the director of Acception Productions, LLC, a new educational campaign on bullying prevention and LGBTQU youth. He is the producer/director/writer of the film Acception and author of Acception: Bullying Solutions and Prevention Health Education Curriculum. Christopher is also a psychotherapist, working primarily with LGBTQU young people. Having experienced bullying because of his own sexuality when a teenager, Christopher brings both a personal and professional expertise to his work. He previously worked as a behavioral research analyst with the Institute for Youth Development, helping community-based organizations improve their teenage pregnancy prevention programs, and is the author of Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut and Benefits of Delaying Sexual Debut – Africa. With a combined seven years of experience working in both the prevention and treatment fields, Christopher has a unique perspective on the sexual health issues facing adolescents. Christopher has a master’s degree in professional counseling from Liberty University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Grove City College. He and his wife Sherry live in the Washington, D.C. area with their two young children.
Acception is a new groundbreaking, national campaign featuring a solutions-based educational film and classroom curriculum. Our mission is to help educators provide solutions to the nation’s bullying epidemic while empowering students to become change agents so they can step up and “Be A Hero” in their own schools to prevent bullying.
Why? The statistics speak for themselves. According to the latest statistics (2008-2009) from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences’ National Center for Education Statistics:
Bullying Affects Nearly 1/3 of Students.
28 percent of students between the ages of 12 and 18 were bullied at school. If one-third of the population in your school were suffering from a problem that causes depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, poorer academic achievement, and in some cases, makes students think of and attempt suicide, would teachers, administrators, and parents stand aside and do nothing?
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But Names Will Never Hurt Me
is one of the biggest lies ever! Among all types of bullying, verbal harassment (e.g., insulting, name-calling) affected the most students (18.8%) at school. The fact is, bruises or cuts often heal quickly, but emotional pain may take years to overcome. This type of bullying really hurts!
You Don’t Even Have to Be At School to Experience Bullying.
In today’s virtual world, it’s easier now more than ever to be a victim of harassment, when statistics show that 6 percent of students ages 12 through 18 reported they were cyber bullied in and outside of school.
The Younger You Are, The Worse Bullying Is.
Nearly twice as many students (39.4%) in sixth grade are bullied than 12th grade (20.4%), making the need for early intervention and prevention a necessity in our nation’s schools. By the time students become upperclassmen, most will experience some type of bullying – not exactly the rite of passage we want for our youth!
Bullying Hurts…AND…There Are Solutions!
Don’t be a bystander…BE A HERO!