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Girls Inc – Durham

[su_quote cite=”Elie Wiesel”]We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.[/su_quote]
Girls Inc - Durham

Girls Inc – Durham

Last week I had the pleasure to speak before an amazing group of girls at the annual Re-thinc GIRLS! Conference in Durham, Ontario. The conference “brings leaders together from the worlds of business, science, technology, sports, finance, the arts, and much more to inspire girls to become strong, smart, and bold!”

It was a fantastic event and I am very proud have had the opportunity to speak about Rehtaeh and share her story as well as ideas about standing up for others and being a better person. During the event a project was presented -thanks Adrianne- that asked for the young women present to tear pieces off an image of a girl then image taping it back together with only one piece of tape. It was a perfect example to use when describing how some people are just too torn up to be fixed and that sometimes, no matter how hard we try, there just isn’t enough tape available.

Paula Todd

Paula Todd

Extreme Mean author Paula Todd also spoke about cyberabuse and shared many incites from her book. Her talk about abuse, and online tormenting was powerful.

Paula is one of Canada’s foremost investigative authors, and her book is “a groundbreaking exposé on the motives and machinations behind cyberabuse.” Get your hands on a copy.

It’s important to remember silence is a side. Many tormentors online and off depend on the silence of others to get away with their abusive acts.

Never be silent.

[su_note note_color=”#ffffff” text_color=”#000000″]About
Girls Inc. of Durham is a nonprofit organization that empowers girls to believe in themselves and reach their full potential. We inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart & Bold through advocacy, education and programs.

Mission
Girls Incorporated of Durham empowers girls to believe in themselves and reach their full potential. We inspire all girls to be Strong, Smart, and Bold through advocacy, education and programs.

A girl who joins Girls Inc. will:

  • Try new things, take risks, and enjoy new challenges
  • Discover interests and abilities she never knew were possible
  • Feel good about herself and her body
  • Learn how to communicate so she is heard and taken seriously
  • Know how to make good, informed decisions
  • Become more confident at home, at school, and in the community
  • Build healthy relationships & meaningful, supportive friendships
  • Set goals and work hard to succeed
  • See herself as a leader and change maker!
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2016-10-21T21:43:11+00:00 November 10th, 2014|Categories: Cyberbullying, Social Media|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Girls Inc – Durham