Vulnerable: Exposed to the possibility of being harmed physically or emotionally, susceptible to attack. The bully will home in on those who they perceive as being vulnerable in some way.
There are many and varied reasons why targets are vulnerable; they may include one or more of the following:
- being alone in the world
- being seen as 'brainy'
- being a caring person
- having caring responsibilities at home, being primary carer
- having a disability or perceived disability
- dressing differently or being unable to afford modern clothing
- choosing not to join in with drinks after work
- strong sense of fair play
- feel guilt quickly
- being scrupulously honest
- suffering an illness, or taking time off to be with an ill family member
- having integrity which you are unwilling to compromise
- suffering an injury
- having a learning difficulty
- being unable to change jobs, limited job opportunities, being a specialist
- belonging to a minority group, with a different religion and culture
- having no other means of support
- the need to pay the mortgage
- very reasonable
- being a single parent
- being a student
- being unsure of yourself
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Here tomorrow: Why me?
There are many outstanding resources on line. A couple I find useful are Bullying. No way! an Australian resource for teachers and students, and a UK site Bully On Line. The Facebook group eBossWatch here regularly posts articles and links to current issues on bullying. This is in no way an exhaustive list, and each country will no doubt have equally good or more relevant websites. If you're being bullied please seek advice from a professional health care practitioner experienced in this area.
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