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Share your story with the Band Together to Banish Bullying Project

Bullying has become more prevalent than ever and the correlation between suicides amongst the younger generation and bullying is staggering. And its not just affecting our younger generation. Bullying is affecting small children in the playground, adults in the workplace and even the elderly in elder care facilities. According to a report issued in June 2012 by the CDC one in 12 teenagers will attempt suicide because of bullying. It doesn't end there. According to NBC News one in 10 senior citizens will be affected by some sort of bullying as per bullying statistics from 2013. What's sad about this situation is that many of these statistics are incorrect due to many incidents going unreported. The fear of repercussion gives the bully more power since many people who are being bullied are just too afraid to take action. To put a more accurate face on bullying here are some more statistics from the iSafe Foundation:

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  • At least 50% of teens have been bullied online.

  • About 10 to 20% of those teens are bullied on a regular basis per the Cyberbullying Research Center.

  • One-million children on Facebook alone were harassed in 2011 as reported by Consumer Reports.

  • DoSomething.org claims 90% of children in grades 4 through 8 have been bullied at some point.

  • ISafe Foundation reports 35% of children have actually been threatened online, some more than once.

When it comes to cyberbullying the statistics go higher. The Pew Internet Research Center, a non profit organization that provides research on the social structure of the internet states that 95% of teenagers have witnessed cyberbullying while they have been using their social media sites. Of that percentage, 84% have seen someone defend the victim and 84% have stood up for the victim personally. However, 90% of those who witnessed bullying on their social media sites have also ignored the behavior at some point with 35% of them doing so often.

To bring awareness to the epidemic of bullying Epiduo and PACER'S National Bullying Prevention Center have joined together in a new initiative called the Band Together to Banish Bullying Project. This unique project is intended to provide teens and young adults with a way to express their feelings around bullying and bullying prevention. Together those affected by bullying will work together with three of today’s top musical artists to turn the pain of bullying into something positive. Clinton Sparks, (Grammy award-winning producer for Lady Gaga, Akon, Pitbull, Beyonce & many more, DJ, and recording artist), shares his story of being a victim of bullying, The Mowgli's (California-based band dedicated to spreading a message of hope, positivity and love through their music), share their similar message and lastly Kylie Morgan who rose to fame with her hit song "Phoebe," which is based on the true story of a young girl who was bullied so severely that she took her own life. The program encourages teens to submit their own experiences with bullying, which can be anything from a picture, a poem or a video. Submissions are open from now until July 25. The three aforementioned artists will gather all of the submissions and work together to write a brand-new song inspired by the stories. The song and accompanying music video will be released at the end of September, just in time for National Bullying Awareness Month.

Don't let the bullies win this battle. Embrace your voice and share your story with others. To learn more about Band Together To Banish Bullying visit their YouTube site at https://www.youtube.com/user/bandtogetherproject/BandTogether where you can also view Clinton Sparks story, The Mowgli's story and Kylie Morgan's story (which is attached). You can also follow on Twitter using #BTProject. To learn more and to submit your story, essay, poem or picture visit https://bandtogetherproject.thismoment.com/.