Since the OP was not addressed to me I've kept my peace but it has now become so wide I feel less constrained.
Overall, I think meic has covered the general points very well.
I know you have mentioned your speech impediment before and knowing how cruel people can be, especially schoolchildren, I'm sure you must have had some horrible times. That fact that you feel you have put that behind you is great - we are increasingly coming to understand how may people do not cope with being bullied.
I suppose we have all had our share and when we look back if we are honest we have probably sometimes been glad of being in the bully's gang rather than on the receiving end, and for that we should be ashamed.
My own experience of being on the receiving end as an adult is so trivial that I was either too thick-skinned or too thick to realise it was bullying. I am 'only' 5' 8" - average height for a man in my day - but in a workforce of big men, you can be seen as an invader from Lilliput. For example, I was once one of 30 odd men paraded in front of a certain chief constable. He had me marched out to the front 'so he could see me.' To use a bit of canteen humour 'it went right over my head.' Even in those now far off days (1974) some of the others sniggering behind me later confided how ashamed they had felt even though I had truly not been bothered.
It did take me a while to realise that not everybody can 'take it' and often those quickest to dish it out have the thinnest skins.
So just because you have thankfully got over being bullied that is no reason whatsoever why other people should be expected to do so.
You said something about 'What do you have to win to be a champion' but I'm sure you know this is nothing to do with rainbow jerseys (and if I can allow myself a touch of canteen humour, it's even nothing to do with the maglia rosa
) and yet when I looked at my dictionary 'someone who defends a cause' also seems a bit OTT - it seems to me that what we want is for people to show a bit of solidarity and I'd like to express mine with anybody on the wrong end of bullying.
Si has made the point about the impracticality of a separate but open section of the forum. In fact, anybody can start their own mini-forum by starting a topic on just about anything they like in the Teashop - Archery being a recent example.
I know how you feel but the majority of the population of the country have never been better off, by almost any indicator that you care to mention, than they are now, surely, or did I miss something?
Yes- The recent thud of the credit card statement on the doormat.