Bullying, Workplace Harassment and Sexual Harassment

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.

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 or 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 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.

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

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.

"" Workplace Violence  & Harassment
US Department of Labor

"" Workplace Bullying Institute
Resources for survivors

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.

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 and how your rights are protected by the MCAD.

""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

Fact Sheet last updated on: 8/30/2021