Bullying & Abuse

Everyone has the right to live, work, study and play in an environment free from bullying, harassment, discrimination and violence. It is very common and can happen to anyone. Abuse can take many forms, such as physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, racial and ethnic abuse.

When somebody does something (or fails to do something) which results in notable harm to another person, it is called abuse. Using fear or threats, to make someone do something that they do not want to do, is an assault.

Bullying is the ongoing abuse of another person through physical, emotional or verbal means, often in the presence of others. Nobody has the right to hurt you physically or emotionally, even if they are in a position of authority, or say they love you. Abuse is always wrong.

Bullying and abuse can occur in many different ways including:
  • Verbal: Name calling, teasing, insults and verbal threats
  • Physical: Hitting, throwing things at someone, spitting
  • Social/Emotional: Ignoring somebody, putting someone down, forcing someone to do something against their will
  • Sexual: When someone forces another to do any sexual acts that they do not want to do or watch something sexual that they do not want to watch

Always refuse to accept abuse and remember that SECRECY is an abuser’s best weapon, so NEVER KEEP IT A SECRET and HELP IS ALWAYS AVAILABLE.

The most important thing is to tell an adult you trust.

If you suspect somebody is being bullied, SPEAK OUT, DON’T BE A BYSTANDER.


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Disclaimer: Please be aware that the information in this section is not intended as a substitute for clinical diagnosis or to replace the advice of a medical professional. If concerned, please contact your family doctor or phone the Samaritans on 116 123, or visit www.yourmentalhealth.ie.


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