We can't even begin to imagine what this poor girl must be going through.
Which makes her all the more courageous and unbelievably strong to be able to stand up in front of the nation and speak out on behalf of a cause that NEEDS OUR ATTENTION.
Only nine days after 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer took his own life after years of relentless bullying for his sexuality, his older sister, high school student Alyssa, bravely appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss the nonstop torment her brother endured at the hands at some of his peers, even on the day of his wake, and to continue spreading the message that this kind of harassment needs to be made illegal!
Check out her powerful words, as well as those of bullying expert Rosalind Wiseman (above)!
"We've got to look at ourselves, and not society. When we talk about society then we stop taking responsibility for our own behavior and the behavior that goes on in our communities. It's about what we can do with the kids that we know in our own families. And honestly, if people are gonna say 'Well those were some bad kids.' If you're watching this and you're part of this community, talk to your children even if they weren't involved. Even if they sat there and they were stunned. Even if they sat there and they wanted to do something, but they couldn't. Because those are the conversations that matter to kids, so that things like this do not continue in the future."
We sincerely hope that his community, as well as communities all over the country with similar problems, listen to these women and not only make these bullies take accountability for their cruel and thoughtless actions, but also start a serious discussion with the young people who may not even understand the gravity of what their insults and words mean when they're saying them.
BULLYING ENDS NOW! WITH ALL OF US!
May Jamey's tragic death not be in vain.