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  1. A.M.B.
    A.M.B. November 29, 2012 at 10:40 am | | Reply

    Yes, I remember children being taught that teasing was either a sign that someone likes you or that it was their fault for “not fitting in.” Blaming the victim is part of our culture. Now that I have children, I’m seeing bullying from a different perspective, and I think the messages in my community have improved. However, I am less optimistic that our tendency to blame the victim in other arenas, such as in the context of sexual violence, has improved much.

    1. E.S. Henry
      E.S. Henry November 29, 2012 at 10:45 am | | Reply

      Someday, I will write about what happened to me in the 6th grade – when my own teachers wouldn’t help me because i was “too different.” But today is not that day. We are not good at helping victims – and our society is very good at hiding perpetrators.

      I’m glad to hear that the messages in your community have changed, so there’s definitely hope for the future.

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