Verbal attacks can be just as detrimental as physical violen
Verbal assaults, or abuse, are often excused away as "just a joke," yet as a psychiatrist, I know that verbal assaults are a form of abuse, and can lead to depressive symptoms and even suicide. Recently, Will Smith did not slap Chris Rock in a vacuum. He slapped him after years of offensive statements

We have seen countless adults and children who are in therapy and struggling mentally because of jokes made about them that they have never found comical. Yet, these jokes are minimized, excused, and even condoned, without consequence, and any sort of physical altercation, no matter how damaging, is judged harshly.

If you claim to be sensitive to the potential effects of physical acts, you should also be sensitive to the potential effects of verbal acts. Sometimes, jokes are not entertaining to those targeted by them, and can be just as detrimental as physical violence. Words can, and do, hurt.

Source: https://www.medpagetoday.com/opinion/second-opinions/98154
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