Verbal abuse is still abuse. It’s abuse in the form of words. They still burn, sting, hurt and put us in danger. Don’t assume that a few hurtful words won’t cause them their life. Don’t assume that just because you haven’t put one finger on them, you’re not responsible for what happens after that. Mentally and emotionally, they are bruising, bleeding, suffocating. Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me? That is utter bullshit. It’s a great comeback for a 7-year-old but honestly, it’s just a temporary disguise to cope in the moment.