Don’t Bully this Body!

Written by Jenn Sadai Discussions about rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment are finally getting some media attention! Talking about any type of sexual exploitation has traditionally been something people considered taboo. Women suffered in silence because they blamed themselves for the man’s behavior, which meant men got away with it, over and over again. In a twisted way, one politician’s disgusting and degrading comments have publicly started a necessary conversation. Although I wish I hadn’t heard the horrible things {Read More}

The Aftermath Of Being Bullied

If someone physically assaults you, there’s usually evidence of the attack. There’s a noticeable mark that will heal with time. Unfortunately, the physical consequences of bullying are minor compared to the emotional pain that’s left behind. Being bullied leaves deep, emotional scars whether any physical harm actually occurred. The taunts and insults stick with the victim and manifest into self-doubt or even self-hatred. What the bully may interpret as harmless teasing can have a serious impact on someone’s self-esteem. Most {Read More}

Violence Doesn’t Solve Anything

Written by Jenn Sadai There is a well-known Martin Luther King quote that begins, “Hate begets hate, violence begets violence.” It’s an old quote yet its value rings just as true today. In fact, there are countless quotes and clichés based on the principle that violence only causes more violence, yet it seems to be so many people’s first reaction whenever they are physically assaulted. Someone pushes you around, so you push back. One country attacks another, and war breaks {Read More}

Why Victims Stay Silent

Victims don’t choose to be abused or bullied. They are not trying to seek attention or cause trouble for someone else. They are not asking to be insulted, raped or beaten. So, why do we treat them that way? It’s heartbreaking to see victims of bullying, rape, and abuse doubted and demoralized on social media once they finally muster enough courage to speak out. It takes a lot of guts to confront a bully, especially if the person you’re accusing {Read More}

Bullied Just For Being You

Being bullied is mental and physical torture. No sane person would willingly volunteer to become a victim. Every day is filled with the anxiety of what might happen next. It’s hard to get out of bed when you’re anticipating you’ll be verbally or physically attacked later on. Mustering up the courage to leave your house seems impossible when you know there are threats waiting on the other side. Fear consumes your thoughts and affects every decision when you’re a victim {Read More}

Variety Is The Spice of Life

Since the beginning of mankind, society has struggled to accept those who are different. Throughout history, groups of people have been discriminated against based only on their race, gender, religion and nationality. Wars have been fought and lives have been lost over a person’s genetic makeup or personal beliefs. In the last few decades, the gay, lesbian and transgender community appear to be the target of this war against diversity. Homophobic fears have led to verbal and physical attacks on {Read More}

I Will Not Be Bullied Into Silence

Ten years ago, I thought I landed my dream job. The position paid well, the company had an excellent reputation and my boss was a strong, successful woman. She instantly became my mentor and I was inspired to follow in her footsteps. That was before I realized all the people she stepped on and squashed to get where she is today. I admired her power until I witnessed the inappropriate insults, devious demands and manipulative management techniques she used to {Read More}

Author Aimee Salter on Every Ugly Word

I recently had the pleasure of connecting with author of “Every Ugly Word” Aimee L. Salter. Aimee resides in southern Oregon with her husband and son. She is a writer of teen novels and the occasional adult, who much like herself, still holds on to that inner high-schooler. Over the years, Aimee has embraced those dark moments where you speak what you are truly thinking. She is a person that will ask you those questions that you wish she didn’t ask. “Every Ugly Word” is Aimee’s {Read More}

A Story of Courage and Hope

La Bella Vita (The Beautiful Life) Presents: A Story of Courage and Hope – Meet Jen Jen is 33 years old, and has worked for the same company for 12 years. When she is not at work she is home reading, writing, and working within the community known as The Ugly Ducklings. She is constantly doing her best to get involved and advocate for various causes. She feels privileged to be part of something that can become even bigger and {Read More}

Actress Crystal Lowe Speaks Out

Actress, Producer, and BKO Supporter Crystal Lowe Crystal Lowe is a Canadian born actress who at a young age began modeling competitions and has appeared on a variety of magazine covers. Crystal’s actress credits are numerous including Final Destination 3, Snakes on a Plan, Black Christmas remake, and much more. Crystal also has various credits in plays and is a fast-growing beauty in the entertainment world. Recently I was able to catch up with the wonderful Actress and Producer Crystal {Read More}

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