Do you feel bullied? Is someone making you put up with a situation that affects you negatively? You may be a target of acts of
bullying . Bullying does not necessarily involve criminal acts, but it can deeply hurt the targeted individuals. Rumours, threats and isolation, in person or online, are only a few examples of the different forms bullying can take.
Bullying exists when:
- one or more persons are causing you harm and you feel powerless to deal with this situation. These individuals are seeking to gain power over you or taking advantage of their position (for example, due to their social status in a group, their superior numbers, greater strength, the fact that they are older) to hurt, humiliate and ostracize you. This is called an
unequal power relationship;
- the situation
makes you unhappy, sad, worried or distressed;
- the actions targeting you are committed repetitively by the same person or by a group of persons who repeat the same action in turn (for example: removing your cap, pushing you, shouting insults). It is also possible that certain actions may be committed only once and cause just as much distress;
- this person or these persons act
with the intention of hurting or harming you.
Solutions exist. You have rights that are protected by
several legal provisions, and various resources can help you regain control of the situation and stop the bullying. You don't have to accept to feel humiliated, injured, oppressed or wronged. It is important to act, despite the fear you may have. Bullying must not be tolerated. You can speak to a trusted person who could help you or
report the situation through the available mechanisms.
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