After reading about the story of Amanda Todd, the beautiful teenager who took her own life apparently due to extreme bullying, a scene from the movie The General's Daughter suddenly flashed in my mind.
"Someone once asked me if I knew what was worse than rape? Now I know the answer, it's betrayal", Brenner (John Travolta) told Lt. Gen. Campbell (James Cromwell).
Bullying alone is already a terrible thing that no one should experience. The addition of betrayal can push someone in a downward spiral.
As told by Amanda Todd herself on the video she made weeks before she passed away, the tormenting has been going on for quite sometime (since 7th grade). It was a constant cycle of trust, bullying, and betrayal.
I don't know her personally, but I perceive her as someone who was easily persuaded, very trusting, too kind, and a pleaser. She was an easy target for people who want nothing more than to gratify their shallow (carnal) obsessions just like the "guy" she was talking about.
At that age, it's easier to equate love with sex. As you get older, you'd know that it's not true. She was probably looking for love and a way to feel important. Unfortunately, she got it from the wrong individual.
This is for Amanda Todd, Jaime Garcia, and all those who have been bullied including my son.
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