Cyber Bullying or Verbal Abuse Made Simple
“If you’ve heard, “You’re Too Sensitive” you’ve heard verbal abuse” explains Patricia Evans, interpersonal communications specialist and the speaker against Verbal Abuse.
Abuse is defined as improper or excessive use of a privilege. Verbal abuse is the excessive use of language to undermine someone’s dignity and security through insults or humiliation, in a sudden or repeated manner.
Verbal abuse includes withholding, bullying, defaming, defining, trivializing, harassing, diverting, interrogating, accusing, blaming, blocking, countering, lying, berating, taunting, put downs, abuse disguised as a joke, discounting, threatening, name-calling, yelling and raging.
In our society you do not need to even leave your room to experience verbal abuse. With the amount of social media sites and the lack of physical communication and intimacy, people find it easier to abuse others through social media.
Here is a real life example of verbal abuse that took no longer than 3 minutes to find. This is only six comments out of thousands that this woman gets under every video/photo. It is obvious that people do not need to have a reason to say something negative. This woman posts makeup tutorials, and here are some comments:
Cyberbullying Research Center does random questionnaires across the United States and here is a graph representing the percentage of Cyberbullying Victimization measured within the last 30 days of the questionnaires.
If you have been cyber-bullied or know of someone who is/was, http://cyberbullying.org/2015-data/ is a great resource for everyone. Not only it has a “Report Cyberbullying” page, it also has a lot of needed information on how to prevent cyber bullying, how to answer if you have been bullied, and how to protect yourself in the future.
Never keep it a secret, you don’t have to be alone in this! You will be surprised how many people understand what you are going through and would love to help you through it!
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