Bullying: A Silent Epidemic

December 15, 2014 6:16 PM

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Today I want to talk about bullies. Growing up we see them everywhere -- in school our peers, the neighbor kids, and even cousins. What is a bully? According to stopbullying.gov, "Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time." As we grow older and have kids of our own, we work hard and try our best to prevent them from being bullied by others and becoming bullies themselves. Some of us teach them to stand up to a bully. Others tell their children to tell the adult who is available.

However, as a woman in my 40s, I feel like bullying is not just an epidemic among children. A high number of adults go through it also. There are adults among us who constantly bully others. By bullying I mean, "involves a real or perceived power imbalance; the behavior is repeated, or has the poten...

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