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Bullying Victim Breaks Her Silence

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - After years of feeling muted by tormentors, Amy Eisele is breaking her silence.

"It's amazing that I could feel this good about myself cause I always hated myself," she said.

Eisele is 19-years-old and was the repeated target of bullies from grade school through high school.

"I have hearing problems and I have a speech problem so I discovered I was partially deaf when I was in pre-school," she explained.

Even though she was hard-of-hearing, with hearing aids Eisele said she could still hear every mean word bullies would say to her.

"No one could accept me for who I was. They would call me deaf girl or retarded - anything that would tear me down," Eisele said.

Over time, Eisele said she tried many different ways to avoid her tormentors including faking sick days at school ("I felt out of place"), removing her hearing aids to try and silence the bullies ("It didn't work), and trying drugs ("Anything to escape the pain").

"It was hurtful for me because I never thought a child my age had to go through that," she said.

At its worst point, Eisele said she began to lash out at others. "I used to hurt others because they hurt me."

But recently, a friend inspired her to take a stand. She made a video called "I Made It Through" where she describes her experiences - the ups and downs of being bullied - which she posted on YouTube. In the video, Eisele does not say a single word. Instead, she uses note cards to tell her story.

She also created an anti-bullying Facebook page called "You're Not Alone" to empower other bullying victims to take pride in their differences as well as encourage others to take a stand against their tormentors.

"I do want to help them out because I do understand," Eisele said. "I do know what's it's like to go through the hard times, every day."

Eisele also wants others to know, no matter how badly or how depressed they feel as a victim of bullying, that she is listening.

"That's basically what my whole site is about," she said. "No one should be muted. Everybody should be heard. It's like my hearing aids: when they're off, it's quiet. And no one should be quiet."

RESOURCES:

You're Not Alone: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Youre-Not-Alone/274827355896854?ref=ts&sk=info

I Made It Through Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54jmdkP8MAA&feature=youtu.be

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