Author: Betty Hoeffner

Winona Ryder

“I was wearing an old Salvation Army shop boy’s suit. As I went to the bathroom I heard people saying, ‘Hey, f*****.’ They slammed my head into a locker. I fell to the ground and they started to kick the s**t out of me. I had to have stitches. The school kicked me out, not the bullies. Years later, I went to a coffee shop and I ran into one of the girls who’d kicked me, and she said, ‘Winona, Winona, can I have your autograph?’ And I said, ‘Do you remember me? Remember in seventh grade you beat up that kid?’ And she said, ‘Kind of.’  And I said, ‘That was me. Go f*** yourself.’”  Huffington Post

Victoria Beckham

“They [bullies] were literally picking things up out of the puddles and throwing them at me, and I just stood there, on my own. No one was with me.  I didn’t have any friends. People would push me around, say they were going to beat me up after school, chase me. It was miserable, my whole schooling, miserable. I tried to be friends with people, but I didn’t fit in. So I kept myself to myself.”  Elle

Tom Cruise

“So many times the big bully comes up, pushes me. Your heart’s pounding, you sweat, and you feel like you’re going to vomit. I’m not the biggest guy, I never liked hitting someone, but I know if I don’t hit that guy hard he’s going to pick on me all year. I go, ‘You better fight.’ I just laid it down. I don’t like bullies.”  Parade Magazine

Rumer Willis

“As a teenager I was super awkward. I never felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked. People were nasty. People would say  that I looked like a man or something called a buttaface. Potato head was a term that everyone used a lot and basically made fun of the way I looked. For years I thought maybe I can get plastic surgery. If I change my face, if I get really skinny,  then that will be it, that will be the answer. IT’S NOT!  My sister Tullah was in rehab and I was really inspired because she didn’t try to hide from it. She owned it. She was in the mindset of saying, ‘here are my flaws and it’s okay. I’m still me and I’m still beautiful and it doesn’t matter.’ I just realized that I could feel the same way and I need to stop listening to the bullies. No matter what you look like, no matter where you’re from, you’re completely deserving of love and value.” Dancing With The Stars

Nick Vujicic

“My experiences with bullies left me feeling intimidated, depressed, anxious and sick to my stomach. If you know my personal story, you’ll remember that most grade school days ended with tears and on one occasion led me to a failed suicide attempt. I didn’t tell my parents when I was picked on because I didn’t want to upset them. I thought I could handle it myself, but I was wrong. I should have told them. As I travel around the world talking to tens of thousands of  young people, it is evident that no one is immune from being bullied. This epidemic is not unique to North America. Bullying is a global issue.”  Nick’s book, Life Without Limits

Miley Cyrus

“The girls took it beyond normal bullying. These were big, tough girls, I was scrawny and short. They were fully capable of doing me bodily harm. They shoved me in [the school bathroom]. I was trapped. I banged on the door until my fists hurt. Nobody came. I spent what felt like an hour in there, waiting for someone to rescue me, wondering how my life had gotten so messed up…”   Miley Cyrus in her book Miles To Go