It was with a heavy heart that I read yesterday’s news of another young girl who felt there was no option other than to end it all.
A young girl bullied so relentlessly online, that she saw no other way out.
Days before she carried out the ultimate sacrifice, 14 year old Amy Everett, otherwise known as ‘Dolly’ drew a picture and captioned it with the powerful phrase ‘Speak even if your voice shakes’ which her family are now determined to make into a worldwide campaign to help police, identify and end online abuse.
The beautiful young Australian was a former poster-girl for Akubra Hats and loved fiercely by all who knew her, yet that was not enough to over-ride the merciless taunting. If even one young person is saved by this campaign then it will be worth every second and every single share will count
Her father wrote:
It may be too late to save this beautiful young woman, with the whole world at her feet, but we can start now to save others like her.
IF YOU SEE ANY EVOIDENCE OF ONLINE ABUSE – SPEAK OUT.
It is NOT okay to say anything nasty or personal on any form of social media and especially when an identity is hidden.
It is abuse, it is bullying, it must end.
We are entering a seemingly new era in many ways with the #metoo campaign and the #itstime campaign. This one is just as, if not even more, important.
Our youngsters are NOT emotionally developed enough to deal with such vileness and personal attack – we made the internet, we made social media yet we are failing to protect them.
Please help by PASSING IT ON