There is no question that bullying is emotionally and mentally traumatizing. But does that trauma equate to that caused by rape? The problem is verbal bullying can mean so many …
it’s not a good idea to assume consent just because people aren’t speaking out against something. If it looks inappropriate and feels inappropriate it is inappropriate.
Relationship abuse is part of the same dynamic and same problem as bullying. To get people away from abusive situations takes time, compassion and restraint. But mostly time and consistency of support, over time.
applying the science of behavioral psychology isn’t the only science that can provide insight into the phenomenon of bullying, but it is a very good approach if your primary interest is in how to extinguish the unwanted behavior itself. What drives a bully to bully and the various reasons and social factors that may drive the onset of bullying behavior is better illuminated by other fields of science, like sociology, psychiatry and more.