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MIAMI ( – Bullying has quickly become one of the biggest problems facing students, parents, and schools. It impacts students during school, and for many can have long-lasting effects as well.

It’s been a few years, but Katie Rogers knows exactly what it’s like to go to school every day when you’re bullied.

“I just wanted to hide under a rock and never come out. I hated it, I dreaded it, and there’s no worse feeling.” 16 year old Katie shared with CBS4’s Nicole Maristany.

Katie’s mom Mindy grew concerned as time passed.

“Some of it was online, but most of it was right in the school. She was assaulted physically, emotionally and mentally,” Mindy said.

The bullying led to depression. Hoping to help her, Katie’s mom found National Voices for Equality, Education and Enlightenment, or NVEEE; a local non-profit dedicated to helping families affected by bullying. Slowly, Katie started to improve.

“NVEEE has literally saved me. They know what it feels like and it takes one to know one,” explained Katie.

Founder Jowharah Sanders, can relate. In high school, she questioned her sexuality and was brutally attacked after coming out to some of her peers.

“I really did not think I would survive this attack. I was in a very dark place. I attempted suicide twice, I was hospitalized. I fantasized about dying,” Sanders described.

But out of that darkness, the idea to mentor both bullies and the bullied was born.

“Having experienced it myself, how can I, how dare I? I have a responsibility to do something,” said Sanders.

Katie said she’s learned a lot about why people bully and how to get out of it.

“The bully and the bullied, both need to get help in their own way,” said Katie.

To date, NVEEE has reached more than 3,000 parents, students and educators in classrooms across South Florida. One of those, Katie, is a success story that Sanders says she’s proud to share.

“In a year, she’s a completely different girl, I dare to think what would happen if no one was there to step in and listen, listen, listen to a kid and they will tell you what’s wrong with them,” said Sanders.

For more information on NVEE, click here;  or call their hotline at 954-561-2626.

Comments (3)
  1. JanCorey says:

    Confronting Bullying Needed Nationwide, darn right and even on the internet on blogs like this by trolls like John.

  2. Chucky says:

    “Bullying has quickly become one of the biggest problems facing students, parents, and schools. It impacts students during school, and for many can have long-lasting effects as well.”

    Huh? When did this happen?!

    I hate bullying as much as, or even more than anyone, and John may be a tool, I don’t know.

    But to label this an epidemic seems a bit much. And calling emotional, psychological, internet, and blog based opposiitons to your mentality, bullying just shouldn’t fly. You have to deal with it, negotiate it, and overcome it, otherwise what are we going to have?

    The government stepping in and creating a new criminal class?! A nation full of, dare I say it, wuss’ bags?

    Physical assault is one thing, and is un-acceptable. The other stuff is up to you; you’re better than that.

    Is John really a troll? What if he doesn’t like hearing that?

  3. JanCorey says:

    Well, if John sees any comment he doesn’t agree with, he calls the poster different names, different sexes, from different locales with different histories from what is accurate. John is jealous of me and he searches everywhere to find any blog he can blast his untrue junk about anyone he is still jealous of. I read he is a convicted child molester and the site-link I have says it is temporarily unavailable right now but I’ll keep checking to see if I can determine just what John did and what he continues to be doing. Thanks for your blog.

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