JUST THE BASICS……
- Taunting, mockery, exclusion, gossip and rumors (whether on-line, in school, or the workplace) are forms of violence-- emotional and psychological violence. The wounds they inflict can be deep, and fester for years.
- These behaviors humiliate and stigmatize their targets, damaging current, as well as future, relationships.
- Bullying often leaves its victim with few, if any, opportunities to explain their point of view, or make amends.
- Tears or formal complaint legitimate the abuse that has been directed at her. She "can't take it" and is a social pariah, often causing the torment and exclusion to escalate.