Like many kids, I faced instances of bullying while going through the awkward preteen and teenage phases that are all too familiar to each of us. Whether targeted because of my high-sounding voice or the acne that took over my face throughout middle school, bullying broke my heart and slowly transformed me from an outgoing, confident young woman to a shy, quiet girl afraid to speak up in class or meet new people.
Though my confidence has rebuilt itself over the years, and I've been fortunate to always have the support of family members and friends who loved me no matter what, the memories come back at times to revive feelings of insecurity and fear. To this day, I still hate public speaking, and still feel self-conscious whenever I'm the center of attention, worried that others are judging my every move.
Bullying is hurtful and wrong. It has the power to destroy and end lives, and is the cause of needless hatred and anger throughout our society. Being a kid or teenager is hard enough without facing bullying on top of everything else. It’s up to each of us to spread the message that bullying is unacceptable, to teach those who do it why it’s intolerable, and to let those who have suffered its effects know that a bully’s words do not accurately reflect their worth. That’s why I’m proud to link up with Teenage Bride to take a stand against bullying.
When things get so bad that children are taking their own lives, isn’t that enough?
When places that are supposed to be safe havens become places of torment, isn't that enough?
When you can’t find relief even in the confines of your own home, isn’t that enough?
Bullying has become a national epidemic, a problem in need of a solution.
It’s all over the media...
The boy who snapped and beat up his tormentor, then got suspended.
The son who took his own life because of what kids were saying at school.
The girl who took it upon herself to post a video on YouTube that got over 30,000 hits crying out for help.
The celebrities making videos, letting kids know that it gets better.
It is time to take a stand.
It is time to say enough is enough.
It is time to say...
This Ends Now.
As bloggers, we have the opportunity to speak up and make a difference.
Link up with the Beat Down Bullying movement, and on 10.24.11, we WILL take a stand.
Grab this button, and put it on your blog. Spread the word.
Reach out and share your story.
We can use our words for good, or we can use our words for evil.
Join us, and use you voice for good.
Together, we can beat down the evil of bullying.
Together, we can SAVE lives.
Did you ever encounter bullying? Will you help us take a stand?