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Apr 23: Bullying – Schools, laws, genes, & environment
Apr 23rd, 2011 by Sam

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Guest:

Were you bullied?  Did you bully?

Were your parents into spanking?  hitting?  crazy yelling?

Turns out there’s a correlation.  In a recent study conducted by the federal government in Massachusetts:

The report found that students who said they had been involved in bullying, as both a perpetrator and a victim, were five times more likely to report they had been hurt physically by a family member, compared to those who said they were neither a victim nor a bully. And they were substantially more likely to have witnessed violence against other family members. “1 in 4 report bullying at Mass. schools: Federal study sees link with family violence,” Boston Globe, April 22, 2011

Can we eliminate bullying through legislation?  Should we try?  Is it fair to expect teachers to manage this?

Do adults bully?  Are the adults opposed to bullying legislation and ‘sensitivity’ training bullies?

Is rape an extreme form of bullying?

A 2007 National Institute of Justice study found that about one in five women are victims of sexual assault in college; almost all of those incidents go unreported. It also noted that fraternity men—who tend to drink more heavily and frequently than nonmembers—are more likely to perpetrate sexual assault than nonfraternity men, according to previous studies. Over a quarter of sexual-assault victims who were incapacitated reported that the assailant was a fraternity member.  Shutter Fraternities for Young Women’s Good, WSJ April 23, 2011

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