Authors Against Bullying is a group of authors united in our desire to speak out against bullying. Visit each blog on the hop to read stories about author experiences with bullying. Many authors have been the target of bullies. The good news? In many cases, bullying made us stronger. The bad news? Bullying continues to plague vulnerable children and teens. If you are being bullied, you are not alone.
Bullying Prevention Month
October is Bullying Prevention Month. The slogan this year is "The End of Bullying Begins With Me." Sign the PACER digital petition against bullying here and speak out against bullying. (I'm #43445.)
Yes, I too have been bullied. Have you read my young adult Spirit Guide series and wondered what events inspired the bullying that Yuki is subjected to? Well, my secret is out. The jocks at Wakefield High are based on my own high school tormenters. I didn't smell ghosts, like Yuki, but I dressed in long black skirts, was interested in the supernatural, and loved reading. This made me a target.
I was called a witch and a freak by people who didn't understand what those words really meant. But their intent was clear--the words were meant to hurt. Those students had found something to dislike about me and they lashed out with hate. Was I afraid? Yes. I was thrown up against my locker, tripped on the stairs, and taunted as I walked to class, but I never fought back with violence. I fought back with words.
Sophomore year I started speaking out against incidents of bullying, loudly. I could be found standing on a cafeteria table shaming the football player who was handing out wedgies and stealing lunch money. The surprising thing? Standing up for others made me feel strong AND kept bullies away from me. I was no longer an easy target.
Hooray for words.
Speak out against bullying and stop the abuse. xx
I am giving away ebook copies of She Smells the Dead, Spirit Storm, Legend of Witchtrot Road, and Brush with Death to one lucky winner.
To enter, please leave a comment on this post (include your email address so we may contact you if you win). This giveaway is INTERNATIONAL. Giveaway ends October 27th midnight EST.