Bullying, Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment


Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. It can be actions like name calling, hitting, kicking or spitting, telling lies and spreading rumors, taking things that belong to someone else, or forcing others to do things they do not want to do  The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. Children and adults with disabilities are 3 times more often to be involved with bullying or harassment than non-disabled peers.


""Bullying Prevention and Intervention Resources – Mass. Department of Elementary & Secondary Education


Website includes Types of Bullying ( including cyberbullying), risk factors, warning signs, resources and  prevention. Information is provided for parents, teachers, community, teens and kids.


""SAMHSA KnowBullying Free App
App for parents and caregivers has simple conversation starters to begin a discussion with your child. Also includes tips, warning signs, links to social media and info for educators.


National Bullying Prevention Center – PACER Center
PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students.

Specific Target Groups:
If children are seen as different, and a supportive setting is not there, they may be at a higher risk of being bullied. The groups can include:


""Disability and Safety: Information about Bullying
Information about the three kinds of bullying: physical, verbal and social. Children with disabilities are sometimes more likely to be bullied than children without disabilities.



""Massachusetts Students: What To Do If You’re Being Bullied – Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (pdf)
Information for students in all school settings

""What is Cyberbullying
Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place using electronic technology. Electronic technology includes devices and equipment such as cell phones, computers, and tablets as well as communication tools including social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.


""Don’t Be Cyberbullied … Delete The Digital Drama
This social online harassment can be done through e-mail, cellphones, text messages and instant messaging.



Workplace Harassment

Offensive conduct may include, but is not limited to, inappropriate jokes, slurs, name calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, showing offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance.


H""arassment – US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Information for Workers and Information on Employer Liability



""Disability Discrimination & Harassment – US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission




""Stop Office Bullying – American Psychological Association
Bullying in the workplace can lead to increased absenteeism, employee turnover, even lawsuits. Here’s how employers can reduce aggressive behavior among employees.


""What Do I need to Know about Workplace Harassment? – US Department of Labor



""Frequently Asked Questions – Workplace Bullying Institute


Sexual Harassment

Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that tends to create a hostile or offensive work environment.  Inappropriate touching, telling sexual jokes, making comments, showing offensive pictures or images and name calling are a few examples.

Se""xual Harassment in the Workplace Guidelines – Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination(PDF)

About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace



""Facts About Sexual Harassment – US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission




Sexual Harassment at Work and On the Street – Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)


""Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment



""National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
How to talk about bullying and what you need to know about bullying.




""Trans Lifeline1-877-565-8860
A crisis and suicide hotline for transgender individuals


Fact Sheet last updated on: 4/24/2019