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Department
Forensics
Course
FORS 5315
Professor
Richard Burgess
Semester
Fall

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Victimology Final Exam Study Guide Bullying/Teasing Bullying: repetitive, persistent patterns of conduct by one or more children that deliberately inflict physical, verbal, or emotional abuse on another child • Characterized by an imbalance of power, intent to harm, and threat of repetition Teasing: dynamic social interactions comprised of a set of verbal and non-verbal behaviors that occur amongst peers; is humorous and playful on one level but may be annoying to the target child on another level Who are targets for teasing? • Children with traits that deviate from group norms • Physical appearances (smaller, weaker, less attractive, etc.) • Personality/behavioral/social traits (odd mannerisms, difficult temperament, etc.) • Environmental factors (ethnic/cultural differences, living in the wrong part of the city, financial family issues, etc.) Victim Profiles: 1. Profile 1 = submissive, insecure, live in fear, restrict activities 2. Profile 2 = proactive, highly aggressive, “acting out” behavior What NOT to do when working with people being bullied: • Trivialize the problem • Blame the victim • Tell the child to “tough it out” • Ignore potential consequences • Tell children to fight back What TO DO when working with people being bullied: • Assess the scope of the problem • Teach children to listen to the tone, not the words • Protect and support • Teach ways of avoiding attacks School Factors: (things that leave a school vulnerable to bullying) • School size  small vs. large • Public vs. urban schools • Environment (fear vs. respect) • Awareness OR interest of staff • Negative gender expression remarks that are tolerated • TEACHERS/staff may bully ChildAbuse/Neglect Delayed Disclosure: not reporting an event of abuse, sexual assault, etc. until a long while afterwards • Causes: o Young age o Pressure by the offender o Repercussions o Threats o Victim-offender relationship o Emotions (fear, guilt, shame, etc.) o Confused communication Mandated Reporting: the legal requirement that professionals notify appropriate authorities about cases in which children and certain other groups of vulnerable individuals are being abused Child Protection Treatment Act: provides federal funding to States in support of prevention, assessment, investigation, prosecution, and treatment activities and also provides grants to public agencies and nonprofit organizations for demonstration programs and projects Battered Child Syndr
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