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Harassment

Harassment is a general term used to describe victimization that is characterized by an imbalance of power between the perpetrator and the victim.

Harassment in a school context involves victimization of a peer by a peer. Harassment may also refer to victimization of a child by an adult (and, in rare cases, victimization of an adult perpetrated by a child or adolescent). There are multiple forms of victimization that fall under the general heading of “harassment,” with two of the most common types of harassment being bullying and sexual harassment.

Bullying has begun to receive popular attention; however, research on bullying has been only active since the pioneering work of Dan Olweus. Olweus (1993) and others define bullying as aggression that is (a) intentional, (b) repeated over ...

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