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Have I bullied someone?

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A variety of words or actions, including insulting, pushing, slandering, or threatening, by one or more people, may cause someone to feel harassed or bullied. Behaviour that seems insignificant to you may feel like bullying to someone else.

What you should know about bullying:

  • People who commit acts of bullying are trying to exert power over someone else or to take advantage of their superiority (physically or based on age or on their social status in a group, etc.) to hurt or humiliate the other (unequal power relationship).
  • They act with the intention of hurting or harming the other.
  • Their acts have adverse consequences for the person targeted. The person on the receiving end of bullying may feel anxiety, develop low self-esteem, or suffer serious psychological distress.
  • In most cases, it is the repetition of actions and words that causes distress to the person targeted. Some serious acts could also be considered acts of bullying without being repetitive in nature.

Whatever your motivation, you are responsible for your behaviour.

Many acts are defined by laws, and some are even considered crimes under the Criminal Code of Canada, such as death threats, threats to cause bodily harm, or the use of violence.


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Elder Abuse

Older people may be abused in any living environment. Unfortunately, the abuse is often shrouded in silence or not really recognized or reported. It may take many forms: physical, psychological, sexual, material or financial, organizational, ageism, violation of rights, etc.

Find out more

Do you believe that you or a senior you know are in a situation of abuse? Wait no longer. Call “Aide Abus Aînés” now. This is a free telephone help and referral line that is anonymous, confidential, and available everywhere in the province of Québec from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Hotline “Aide Abus Aînés”: 1-888-489-ABUS (2287)

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June 28, 2021