Many have asked me why we chose anti-bullying as our company platform. The answer is simple. I experienced bullying as a child and teen, repeatedly. Whether it was something said about the way I looked, my clothes, the ethnic food in my lunchbox or racial slurs, it affected me in a deep and profound way – it shattered my confidence and at times made me feel less than human. When I shared the details of my experiences with the team at Rebel Athletic, so many of them raised their hands and shared their own stories.
Bullying is an epidemic that touches all races, all ages, all income levels and walks of life. It’s especially damaging to children because of the confusion, shame and ostracization it can cause. Bullying has taken on new insidious forms in the digital age and 1 in 3 young people have experienced cyber threats online. Over 25 percent of adolescents and teens have been bullied repeatedly through their cell phones or the internet and what’s worse, over half of them do not tell their parents when it occurs.
Please join our movement to lift up our girls, to teach them kindness and acceptance, to help them celebrate the diversity of those around them, and empower them to hold themselves and their friends accountable.