New Book Provides Rae of Hope for Bullying Survivors – AM 1250

An interview I had with Michelle Sawatsky from AM 1250; this is the resulting story

New Book Provides Rae of Hope For Bullying Survivors

A local author used some of her own past experiences of being bullied as part of a collection of bullying survivor stories called “Rae of Hope” being launched Tuesday.
Marianne Curtis of Steinbach said when Bill 18 became a big issue here, she felt it was important for her to share her story, as she had been severely bullied in this area and was concerned that regulated changes would actually make a difference.
“I actually thought bullying was normal – that’s the sad part. When people I went to school with came forward with their own bullying stories, they encouraged me to share my story. I realized it was important to share my own story as well.”
She found that telling her story was very therapeutic, so she wanted to share this with other bullying survivors. She sent out a call over social media for people to share their bullying stories with her and she received submissions from all over Canada, USA and the UK.
“A lot of their stories were worse than mine, and it was really cool to give a voice to some of these stories that had never been spoken before, not even to family.”
Curtis said her book was supposed to be one book about bullying, but after receiving stories about sexual violence, child abuse, etc, it has inspired her to write an additional five other books to be a part of a  six-book series.
“This project has grown into something beyond writing a book. It’s inspiring other people to find healing and help, because that’s the only way to get over it.
Curtis encourages people to wear blue in support of the “Stop Bullying” message to the book launch at Jake Epp Library, Tuesday, November 18 at 7 p.m.

http://www.steinbachonline.com/local/132134-new-book-provides-rae-of-hope-for-bullying-survivors

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