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Girl World

Dr. Phil and his son, Jay, discuss female bullying with victims and former tormentors. Learn the warning signs and what you can do to protect your daughter.

The Kind Campaign


 

Katie

Lauren and Molly

Dr. Phil correspondent Katie, 23, says she's familiar with both sides of the girl world. She was bullied in high school and knows how it feels to turn the anger on others. "Because I was a target, I tried to kind of get back at the girls who were mean to me by being mean myself," she says.

 

Katie spends the day with Rebekah to see how the bullying affects her daily life.

 

Katie tells Dr. Phil that after spending the day with Rebekah, she has the utmost respect for her. "It almost brings tears to my eyes right now because she's so mature. She's 14, and I feel like she's being robbed of her middle school experience, and she's fearing going into high school, when that should be some of the best times," Katie says. She tells the teen, "You just need to understand how amazing you are. Just take what they're saying and put it in the back of your mind, as hard as that is, and believe in yourself because you have so much to be proud of."

 

Lauren and Molly, both 22, are the founders of the Kind Campaign. They were both bullied growing up and are now shooting a documentary called Finding Kind to raise awareness about the abuse that happens to girls in school.

Lauren tells Rebekah, "First of all, let me say that you are beautiful. I look at you, and I see a confident young woman who's sure of yourself, which is probably the opposite of what you feel on a day-to-day basis. And let me tell you, I've been there. I understand exactly what you're going through right now." Lauren says she became a very depressed teen when she was bullied and often thought about suicide.

Molly also relates to Rebekah's experience. "Tell yourself the truth. Stop lying to yourself and accepting what these people are saying because then they win. You are so beautiful. One day you're going to wake up and realize it's over, ‘I'm through it.' I remember when that happened, and it was a new joy, and you will have not only respect from everyone around you, but you will have such a deep respect for yourself and that is something that is so precious."

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