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Posted On: 15th Oct 2014

Don’t Let Bullies Win

Fixer Shafiur Rahman
On set during poster photoshoot
Shafiur Rahman posing for poster campaign

A Bradford teenager, who was ridiculed by peers at school about his appearance and attire, is urging others with similar experiences to not let bullies bring them down.

 

Shafiur Rahman (17) is sharing his story to show other victims the importance of staying positive and knowing that help is available.

 

‘I was mocked for the way I looked and dressed, which really hit my confidence badly,’ says Shafiur.

 

‘I wanted to be locked away in my room and not face the world. It was like the bullies were taking over my life.

 

‘Not even wanting to eat in front of other people at school, I used to skip lunch and pretend to read in the library.

 

‘Thankfully, I found the courage to tell a friend, who reassured me that I wasn't worthless and it felt like someone actually cared.

 

‘Now I hope my campaign inspires others like me to stay strong and know they’re not alone.’

 

With the help of Fixers, Shafiur and his team have created a poster looking at the emotional distress bullying can cause.

 

Using a mirror as a metaphor, it urges those facing abuse to see themselves in a positive light and not let other people’s hurtful words take over their lives.

 

To view the group’s poster in full, click the image below.

 

 

 

‘I think it’s a really striking poster,’ says Shafiur.

 

‘I used to see the negative in everything when I was being bullied, so I can really relate to the image, as I’m sure others will.’

 

Keen to share the poster on social media, Shafiur also wants it to be displayed in schools and colleges around Bradford.

 

He hopes it will inspire young people, who may be going through challenges, to believe they can overcome anything.

 

‘There were times in school when I felt alone, so I know how important that reassurance can be for young people,' he adds.

 

‘My message to others is to stay positive about life and believe that no matter how hard things get, they will come to pass.’

 

If you're being bullied and need help, visit the Beat Bullying website.

 

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The deep emotional impact of bullying is revealed
in Stephanie Allen's Fixers film. Click here to watch.

Author: N. Farooq

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