Bullying and Violence
Cyber bullying is on the rise. Just like bullying someone in the halls at school is not okay, cyber bullying is not okay. This type of harassment or bullying (teasing, telling lies, making fun of someone, making rude or mean comments, spreading rumors, or making threatening or aggressive comments) through email, a chat room, instant messaging, a website (including blogs), or text messaging is just as wrong as when someone bullies face to face.
If you feel you have experienced cyber bullying please tell a teacher, parent, friend, doctor, nurse, or counselor about it. You do not need to live with bullying, we are here to help you!
Relationship and Dating
Dating violence is a type of intimate partner violence. It occurs between two people in a close relationship. The nature of dating violence can be physical, emotional, or sexual.
- Physical—This occurs when a partner is pinched, hit, shoved, kicked or otherwise physically harassed.
- Emotional—This means threatening a partner or harming his or her sense of self-worth. Examples include name calling, shaming, bullying, embarrassing on purpose, or keeping him/her away from friends and family.
- Sexual—This is forcing a partner to engage in a sex act when he or she does not or cannot consent.
Dating violence often starts with teasing and name calling. These behaviors are often thought to be a “normal” part of a relationship. But these behaviors can lead to more serious violence like physical assault and rape. If you feel you are a victim of relationship violence or would like to learn more, please contact a hotline listed below.
Relationship Violence Hotlines:
- National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
- National Sexual Violence Resource Center
- National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center