Bullying

Bullying is the intentional tormenting of others though verbal harassment, physical assault or other methods, such as manipulation. Bullying is usually something that occurs repeatedly.

Some examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Punching, shoving and other physical violence
  • Spreading bad rumors
  • Keeping certain people out of a “group”
  • Teasing people in a mean way
  • Getting certain people to “gang up” on others

Why do people bully?

There are many reasons why someone may feel the need to bully. The following reasons may sound familiar to you.

  • Because they see others doing it
  • Because it’s what they do if they want to hang out in the “right” crowd
  • Because it makes you feel stronger or better than the other person
  • Because it’s one of the best ways to keep others from bullying you

Whatever the reason, bullying is a very serious issue.

Are you being bullied?

Remember, you are not alone. The best thing you can do is to tell a trusted adult. Try telling your parents, a teacher, your coach or your neighbor. Another person that would be very helpful is your school counselor. If you don’t feel they have helped you, don’t hesitate to tell someone else. Most adults really care about bullying and will do everything they can to help you.

As always, feel free to contact the Women’s Resource Center hotline at (540) 639-1123. We are available 24-hours a day for confidential advice and counseling.

Are you witnessing bullying?

Your help can be very powerful. Don’t hesitate to get involved and talk to an adult about what is happening. Try telling your parents, a teacher, your coach or your neighbor. Another person that would be very helpful is your school counselor. Again, most adults care about bullying and will be glad that you are willing to help others.

As always, feel free to contact the Women’s Resource Center hotline at (540) 639-1123. We are available 24-hours a day for confidential advice and counseling.

Are you bullying others?

Think about what you’re doing. You are harming another individual; this violence is unacceptable. The next time you are about to bully someone:

  • Put yourself in their shoes.
  • Think about how it must make them feel.
  • Just don’t do it.

Talk to an adult. Making other people feel bad should never make you feel good. If it does or if you’re not really sure why you bully other kids, you need to talk to an adult about it. Whether it is your parent, a teacher or another trusted adult, such as the school counselor, you can tell them how you’ve been acting. They will try to help you.

As always, feel free to contact the Women’s Resource Center hotline at (540) 639-1123. We are available 24-hours a day.