“It started when I was 10 years old. There was a group of 6 guys. Whether I was in school or on the bus back home, they’d constantly pass comments on my body like, ‘You’re so dark, don’t you want to be fair? You’re so fat.’ From that day on, I began obsessing about my looks. I skipped meals & lost a lot of weight. Then, the comments changed to, ‘You’re so flat chested.’ It was endless–I was never going to be able to please them.
One day, I was at home crying, when my mom asked me what happened. As soon as I told her, she wrote a letter to my principal who called the 6 boys to her office. I was so relieved–the bullying was finally going to end! But I was wrong. Complaining only made things worse–my classmates began hating me & the comments worsened. Once in the bus, they compared my friend & I to black forest cake.
I was too scared to complain, so I just took it all in. Then one day, I got a call from the same group of guys–they said, ‘You’re so flat, don’t you want to do something about it?’ This went on for 15 minutes–I just sat & listened. That day, my Instagram was hacked. The hackers posted a video of me with the caption: ‘I’ll go after everyone you love & then I’ll have you.’ I was so afraid–I immediately went to the cops. It was the same 6 guys. They told me I could press charges, but their parents begged me not to–so I didn’t. But the guys just sat there with the most unapologetic smirks on their faces & not one of them apologised.
That day was a wakeup call–I knew I had to stand up for myself. So I put up a post on my social media, clarifying that I’d no longer tolerate any form of bullying. Since that day, those 6 guys haven’t approached me & everyone treats me with respect. Still, if anyone passes a demeaning comment, I tell them to stop instantly.
I’m now 17 years old & in my first year of college. I’ve got the most supportive group of friends & loving family. All of the hate & all of the bullying is in the past now & I don’t want it to taint what I have today. It’ll always be a part of me, there’s no doubt about that. But I’ve moved on from it, & honestly? It feels good to wake up every day & not give a damn about what others think.”