Several have asked me why I speak out for bullied kids through writing. There are several reasons:
1. The suicide rate among bullied children and teens is astronomical and I want to send a message that although it may not seem like it, these kids have more to live for than they know.
2. It has helped me heal from when I was bullied years ago. Writing, helping kids find their voices and see their own worth and exposing bullies and their motives for bullying is what keeps me grounded and provides closure to what truly were the most heartbreaking and humiliating years of my life.
3. If I can help one bullied child find their voice, find their power and see the value they bring to this world…if I can show young victims how much they are loved despite what they are told by others at school…if I can convince them to go on living instead of resorting to suicide…then, perhaps, what I want through all those years ago was not in vain.
4. It isn’t about fame or fortune. It isn’t about notoriety. It’s all about turning past negatives into present positives. It’s about insuring that good can come from suffering.
Bullied kids need to hear from an adult who has lived their nightmare, who understands what they are going through and who can relate to how they are feeling.
Bullied kids need to hear that they are NOT alone…that they aren’t the only ones.
Bullied kids need to hear from someone who has survived bullying, grown up, and gone on to reach success and to have a family of their own…someone who is living proof that there can be life, love and happiness after bullying.
They need to hear that life does, indeed, get better.