- Post 15 November 2011
- By by Kendrick Marshall
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As the issue of bullying snowballs throughout the country, the YWCA along with Saving Our Daughters and actress-singer Keke Palmer has come together to encourage a solution.
Palmer has a long track record as an affiliate to community awareness and community outreach associations spanning the globe and was especially impacted by the story of a 12-year old friend and fan, Iliss Marie Benjamin.
Benjamin battled brain cancer at an early age and ultimately lost the fight.
Bullying shows no mercy, as she also had to endure cruel name-calling among her classmates.
“I was a victim of a bully when I was 8 years old, some kids in my class made fun of me because my hair was very curly and hard to manage,” said Palmer. “I am 18 years old and still, I remember it was painful, to be different, to have an illness like Little Iliss, to be different from the crowd for any reason can make you a target of a bully.”
The YWCA has long advocated for empowerment, eliminating racism, eliminating violence and promoting dignity for women and girls. Saving Our Daughters organization creates the tools to get teen girls discussing key issues and to take the power away from bullying. An ideal match formulated by the YWCA, Saving Our Daughters and Keke Palmer, all offering different means of social interaction to create a solution to this increasingly drastic issue.
“We are so excited about having such an extraordinary singer & actress as Keke Palmer, to address these issues of bullying & abuse worldwide with the YWCA USA and with both our missions,” said Curtis Benjamin, chief executive officer of Saving Our Daughters.
Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender