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Empowering Bullied Youth through Art June 6th, 2011
Empowering Bullied Youth through Art

I recently learned about the You Will Rise Project, an anti-bullying initiative that encourages those who have been bullied to channel their frustrations and emotions into creative expressions.  This site features submissions from a wide range of bullying survivors and was started by artists Linda Regula and Paul Richmond, who both endured bullying during their youth. You Will Rise is all about empowerment, which aligns so perfectly with BornLikeThis' own messaging. You Will Rise states on its "Inspiration" page that they are dedicated to helping you tell your story through the arts. Submissions can be visual (photography, paintings, drawings etc.), text-based (poetry, lyrics, short stories etc.) or even multimedia youtube videos. I really fell in love with this project as soon as I found it. The title, You Will Rise is a nod to the phoenix - a mythical bird that rises from the ashes. This bird has long since been used as a symbol of rebirth and speaks to overcoming personal hardships. Part of the reason You Will Rise resonates with me so much is that I've always been a creative person and have experienced firsthand how healing creative expression can be when things during my life are far from ideal. When I was ...

UPDATE: Ravi Pleads Not Guilty in Clementi Case May 23rd, 2011
UPDATE: Ravi Pleads Not Guilty in Clementi Case

Dharun Ravi took the stands today and pleaded "not guilty" to the 15 counts he stands accused of in the Tyler Clementi case. This particular case has received national attention regarding anti-bullying and anti-cyber bullying laws (Tyler Clementi's name was even given to New Jersey's aggressive anti-harrassment act) but just in case you are not familiar with things, let me bring you up to speed. Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers student and violin lover, jumped off the George Washington Bridge and ended his life after learning his roommate, Davi, recorded him during an intimate moment with a man via webcam. Ravi watched the encounter with his friend Molly Wei on her computer, who now flipped and is testifying against Ravi to save her own ass. I don't blame her. Both parties are in the wrong, but only one of them took the time to orchestrate an elaborate recording session to humiliate their roommate. Both Wei and Ravi have withdrawn from Rutgers University and Ravi is currently out on $25,000-worth of bail (his tuition money, I'm sure). Tyler's father, Joseph Clementi released a statement after Ravi took the stand: "Today Mr. Ravi has been arraigned on multiple counts alleging criminal acts against our son Tyler. We are ...

Wei to testify in Tyler Clementi’s Case May 23rd, 2011
Wei to testify in Tyler Clementi’s Case

Molly Wei, the other former Rutgers University student implicated in Tyler Clementi’s case, will testify against Dharun Ravi, Clementi’s roommate, in his upcoming trial. Wei’s testimony comes as part of something called a pretrial intervention, which will drop all charges against her if she completes 300 hours of community service and receives counseling about cyberbullying and sensitivity to “alternate lifestyles” (alternate lifestyles is in quotes because I hate that phrase). Ravi, if he is convicted, can face up to 10 years in prison. There’s a lot about this case that we don’t know about. Both Wei and Ravi have been virtually underground following Clementi’s suicide and I personally hope their testimonies shed some light into their motives. Dharun Ravi is expected to testify in court later today. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on this story as it develops.