Bullying, Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment

Bullying, Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment


Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children and adults. It involves a real or felt power imbalance.

Bullying can be: 

  • name calling
  • hitting
  • kicking or spitting
  • telling lies and spreading info that’s not true 
  • taking things that don’t belong to you
  • making others to do things they don’t want to do  

Making fun of a person’s: 

  •      disability
  •      gender
  •      looks
  •      race 
  •      religion

Bullying may 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 likely 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:
Children can be seen as different from their peers. A supportive setting may not be there. They can 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 often bullied than children without disabilities.

How to Respond to Incidents of Racism, Bullying and Hate in Schools 
National Education Association

When Your Child is Being Bullied (pdf) 
Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center

Disablist Bullying
The motivations for disablist bullying may include; discrimination on the basis of a disability. It can be a lack of understanding of a person’s disability.

""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. It includes social media sites, text messages, chat, and websites.

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


Disability: Bullying and Harassment 
U.S. Department of Education

Other Bullying Resources 

""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

STOMP Out Bullying™ Live HelpChat Line

Bullying Basics – Tolerance.org 

Workplace Harassment

Workplace harassment can be:

  • jokes in bad taste 
  • slurs 
  • name calling
  • physical hurt or threats
  • scaring someone
  • making fun of or mocking someone
  • insults or put-downs
  • showing gross objects or pictures
  • interfering with work tasks

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.

"" Workplace Violence  & Harassment
US Department of Labor


"" Workplace Bullying Institute
Resources for survivors

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment can be:

  • unwelcome sexual moves
  • asking for sexual favors
  • other words or actions of a sexual nature
  • touching people without asking
  • telling dirty jokes
  • saying things about a person’s clothes
  • showing sexual pictures or images
  • name calling

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Guidelines – Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination (pdf)


Sexual Survivor Support Packet (.pdf) – MASS Advocates Standing Strong

Mass.gov About Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
Learn about what activities are considered sexual harassment in the workplace. Your rights are protected by the MCAD.

""Facts About Sexual HarassmentUS Equal Employment Opportunity Commission



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

""Know Your Rights: Workplace Sexual Harassment


Sexual Assault and HarrassmentAmerican Psychological Association (APA)

Fact Sheet last updated on: 5/2/2024


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