School bullies, mean cheerleaders, is your child a Pa. crime victim?
Crime runs amuck in Pennsylvania. What's worse is when your child or teen is the victim of abuse or a crime committed by another child or teen.
Did you know that according to the website knowabuse.org, 33 percent of high-school students have been or will be in an abusive relationship; 40 percent of teenage girls ages 14-17 say they know someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend; 22 percent of high school students report nonsexual dating violence; and only 3 percent of the aforementioned teens go to adults for help when in a violent relationship.
Bullying is using one's strength or status to intimidate, injure, or humiliate another person of lesser strength or status. Bullying always involves a power imbalance between the bully and the victim.
Is bullying, blaming, or controlling a crime? Is verbal abuse a crime? Depends, how the recipient feels. In an unhealthy relationship, physical abuse can escalate quickly especially when the controller feels powerful and the controlee feels weak or fearful. Teens have a desire to be in a relationship no matter how bad it is especially if the controller is popular.
Bullying and harassment doesn't always happen in person or with visible bruises; it can also happen in cyberspace where one teenage girl who desperately wanted to fit in hung herself in the closet after a virtual bullying session.
According to studies conducted in Canada, children and teens that have been regularly tormented show long-term signs of stress, cognitive deficits, and mental-health problems. Bullied children and teens score lower on tests that measure verbal memory and executive function, a set of skills needed to focus on a task and get the job done.
Bullying is just starting to come under scrutiny. The old adage of boys will boys and girls are going through a phase and are just plain mean no longer rings true. Parents of bullies have to take responsibility. Children who are bullied are the victims of crimes which may affect them for years to come.
Have you or your child been the victim of a bullying crime or another crime in Pa.? Contact a crime victim lawyer at Anapol Schwartz today for a free and confidential evaluation of your case.
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