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Many girls experience bullying at some point in their lives.  Bullying is when one person or a group of people repeatedly hurts someone else.  Bullying involves hurting someone who is often weaker or less confident.  There are many types of bulling and for young women, bullying usually involves more teasing than hitting.  Bullying is often done on purpose and it can happen anywhere, such as at school, in the park, on a sports team, or even at home.  Often the person being bullied has a hard time defending herself.

Just the Facts!

According to a Public Safety Canada report, 23% of girls in grades 6 to 8 report that they had bullied in the past two months, 21% of girls in grades 9 to 12 reported that they had bullied in the past two months, and 4% of girls between the ages of 11 and 18 were involved in frequent and consistent bullying. 

Check this out:  http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/res/cp/bully_12217-en.asp#ftn04

Girls tend to bully differently than boys and bully for different reasons.  Young women tease one another, spread rumours, and pick fights.  For some girls, bullying is a way to feel better about themselves, feel important and gain control over others.  Girls may also think that making fun of others and spreading rumours and malicious gossip is a sure-fire way of being cool. 

Why do girls bully?:

  • To get attention
  • To get what they want
  • To gain respect amongst their peer group
  • To become more popular
  • To feel better about themselves
  • To punish people they are jealous of
  • Because they think it’s fun to hurt others’ feelings
  • Because others are doing it

If you are being bullied you may feel paralysed by your situation.  Getting out seems impossible and you may feel like only you are experiencing this widespread phenomenon.  Some girls are so afraid of losing their friends that they go along with bullying activities they know are wrong. 

It’s important to recognize if and how you play a role in bullying and ways to make a difference in stopping this destructive behaviour.


Looking for more info?  Visit: www.girlshealth.gov/bullying/whybully

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