Ashlee's Story

Story six – Ashlee, Community Fundraiser

"I spent so long feeling conflicted because I felt worthless. I was invisible, yet I held on to feeling invisible because remaining unseen worked like a shield.

I would walk certain ways to and from school to avoid particular bus stops, to feel safe. Then once I got to school the entire day was like a game of hide and seek.

I almost didn't graduate from year 12; I was absent from school more often than I was there. I wasn't sick and I was smart - I did well in my assignments. I just never turned up to class because I was too scared to go.

Each morning I'd prepare myself for the day ahead and try to convince myself to enter my school's gates but there were many days I didn't make it. On the days that I had enough courage to walk into school I'd spend the day with a gut full of anxiety.

Bullying destroyed me, but I've grown into a strong and passionate person who works with organisations like the Alannah & Madeline Foundation in hope of helping to prevent bullying in schools."

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