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RISE ABOVE is a project of NewsChannel 21 Cares for Kids created to increase awareness and to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood or alone.

Along with our partners in the community, Rise Above focuses on different issues that effect youth like bullying, peer pressure, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression. Attempting to stop negative words and actions that hurt us so that we can be strong, positive, and supportive and reach out for help if needed.

How can you be part of the Rise Above movement? Connect with it. Reach out to support yourself and others. Express all your feelings, even the ones that are a challenge.

With your help, we will Rise Above. #ktvzriseabove


General Statistics

• One out of every four students (22%) report being bullied during the school year (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2015).

• 19.6% of high school students in the US report being bullied at school in the past year. 14.8% reported being bullied online (Center for Disease Control, 2014).

• 64% of children who were bullied did not report it; only 36% reported the bullying (Petrosina, Guckenburg, DeVoe, and Hanson, 2010).

• More than half of bullying situations (57%) stop when a peer intervenes on behalf of the student being bullied (Hawkins, Pepler, and Craig, 2001).

• School-based bullying prevention programs decrease bullying by up to 25% (McCallion and Feder, 2013).

• The reasons for being bullied reported most often by students were looks (55%), body shape (37%), and race (16%) (Davis and Nixon, 2010).

Effects of Bullying

• Students who experience bullying are at increased risk for depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, and poor school adjustment (Center for Disease Control, 2012).

• Students who bully others are at increased risk for substance use, academic problems, and violence later in adolescence and adulthood (Center for Disease Control, 2012).

• Compared to students who only bully, or who are only victims, students who do both suffer the most serious consequences and are at greater risk for both mental health and behavior problems (Center for Disease Control, 2012).

• Students who experience bullying are twice as likely as non-bullied peers to experience negative health effects such as headaches and stomachaches (Gini and Pozzoli, 2013)


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If you or someone you know is struggling with bullying, depression or any other issue related to the challenges our youth face in their everyday lives, the Oregon Youth Line is a great resource.

YouthLine is a free and confidential 24-hour teen-to-teen crisis, counseling, and referral line for Oregon youth. They are reached by calling 1-877-YOUTH-911 or texting teen2teen to 839863