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Who are the
victims of bullying?
"Victims tend to
be loners who tend to cry easily, lack self-defense skills, aren't
able to use humor in conflict situations or who don't think quickly
on their feet. Children who have few friends are always easy prey
for bullies. It's easier to pick on a lone child without witnesses.
Children who have special needs are also common victims for
Most victims of
bullying are children with little or no self-esteem or confidence,
for whatever reason.
Perhaps the child:
Has a disability
Has a stammer
Is bad at sports
Is new to the district
Has a different religion or belief
Wears different clothes
Has a different accent
Has a different nationality or color
Has an ear that sticks out
A power differential exists between
the bully and the victim.
Bullies tend to confident,
aggressive, and lack empathy for the victim.
Bullies come from homes where there
is poor supervision, and modeling of and tolerance for
Victims tend to be quiet, passive
children with few friends.
Victims do not respond effectively
to aggressive actions.
Bullying is often done so that
adults are not aware of it.
Victims are ashamed, and often
don't tell an adult.
This is an excerpt from the ASAP: A
School-based Anti-Violence Program.
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