I was bullied when I was a kid. New girl in school, all honors classes. You know the drill..."she thinks she's smart, she thinks she's cute".
I was oblivious to the harassment until I was suspended from school because I was accused of breaking a kid's arm. One of the bullies had done it and the kid was too frightened to tell, but that's when I woke up. I passed out a little ass whuppin and then everybody wanted to be friends.
That was years ago. Kids are so vicious now, one barely knows what to do. As for my self-esteem...the reasons I was bullied made a difference. It's a lot different to be bullied because of something positive than things that are perceived to be negatives.