Many students in Ha Noi are victims of bullying at school, including sexual harassment, according to a survey by the Institute of Social and Medical Sciences and Plan Viet Nam released this week.
The surveyors questioned 3,000 high school students in Ha Noi and found that about 80 per cent had been victims of it at least once in their lives.
More than 71 per cent said they had been bullied and 19 per cent said they had been sexually harassed this year. Mental bullying such as scolding, cursing, threatening, and lying about others accounted for 73 per cent, while physical bullying accounted for 41 per cent. Sexual bullying most often involved text messaging, touching, kissing or even rape.
The bullies were students, or teachers or staff members, according to the survey. More than 31 per cent of male teachers out of over 460 from 20 schools in Ha Noi said it was acceptable for teachers to mentally and physically punish students by scolding and slapping in some cases.
Were you bullied at school? How did you handle it? Why do you think bullying exists, specifically in the case of Ha Noi schools? What experiences or effective models from your country do you think can be applied in Viet Nam?
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