Rhiannon Winch is a High School freshman with a vivid understanding of what it’s like to be bullied. She decided to take a stand and set up a Facebook group where others can come and find support or share their experiences. For years she has been ridiculed, but now she's helping others find peace by sharing her experience (below).
He is a cruel beast with an emotional bite, one that has lasting effects. He will hurt you mentally, emotionally, and sometimes even physically. He works his twisted way into your mind. He had me convinced that I was worthless; he took away my self-esteem. I couldn’t bare going to school. I started building walls and pushing everyone away. I would cry myself to sleep at night, and some nights I couldn’t sleep through the nightmares.
You are beautiful no matter your size
Love yourself because of who you are
Even though people may criticize
Happiness sometimes seems so far
I was shoved in the hallways and shoved down stairs. I was surrounded and shouted at. I was labeled fat, whore, pregnant, and so many more. Because I could never find the courage to talk about it, I found other ways to express my pain. I cut myself. I didn’t want to, but I needed people to see I was hurting. I thought that it would make everything better and the pain would go away. He never left me alone.
And it may be hard to get
But if you continue to try
You will achieve it
Some days you may want to die
Because of all the wrong
But there is so much to live for
You have to stay strong
He can be so vicious and so cruel, but I held on to the few positives he left behind. He moved me to overflow with empathy for others. In a sick sick way, he taught me that it’s ok to stand up for yourself and to stand up for others. To not just let him continually beat on you. He pushed me to get fit, be healthier, and above all else: take care of myself. He changed who I am today.
Live, love, forget, forgive, and keep an open door
I know it is hard I’ve been there
But it will be so much better in the end
Remember I will always care
And you have many that will defend
Because this is how life goes
Its full of twists and turns
He is reckless and fierce, but he can’t stop you from staying positive. Overcoming it takes patience and practice. He will bring you down; you’ve just got to keep your head up.
It may seem like nobody knows
But everyone gets their burns
So try not to worry about the small things
And focus on the positives
And everything it brings