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Sacha's Story

I chose Sacha for the V.O.W Project because of her strength and resilience she has shown in overcoming bullying during her school years. She has used this experience to fuel her future and support those experiencing similar situations in school and women who have suffered.

*This story contains sensitive issues around bullying. Sacha has shared this raw story of hers so please be respectful.

I always knew I was different! Born a ‘Leo’ a fighter and survivor, fierce.
After everything I have overcome, I am now proud of the Sacha and the new version of me that I have become.
FIERCE to me is the ignition of passion to stand for what I believe in. To protect the ones I love and to empower others to believe in themselves. This has only come through my struggles and solidified what is important to me. People might not have always understood me but now I understand myself.
I can look at myself in the mirror and not be ashamed of my past as it stands for how much my self worth has grown. I am so grateful for the people that I have met along the way and the others who have stayed for the journey. There was a point in my life where I never thought this would be me.
So let’s start there!
My story is all about overcoming your mind in a world where you are constantly told you aren’t good enough. For as long as I could remember I was put down. In the beginning, this stemmed from my Dyslexia (can’t even spell the word). This made school hard enough but when I got to Secondary school it got even worse. I was bullied in every way physically, mentally, and socially. These were my darkest times. I was made to feel worthless. I got told it so many times I started to believe that’s what I deserved, a life of misery. I was scared for my life and was fuelled with anger. I feel like this is when the fierce in me was channeled in a negative way. This leads me down a very dark path but I always said to myself I was going through this situation because I was strong enough to handle it. I would rather it be me than anyone else. I always kept my eye on the light at the end of the tunnel in a dark place by trying to keep everything in perspective. I always knew I would find my place and people that understood the true me.
Fast forward to this year where I have adapted and changed. It took me a long time to understand and accept what had happened. However now, I feel so much better about it. As I said it has made me stronger. I have decided to focus on making a positive impact in this world as I now understand how important the little things are and the impact they can have on others, in good and bad.
I now want to dedicate myself to supporting others in this situation in schools as I feel like I wasn’t supported by my own school. I researched and studied so I could put together a letter to send to my school which took me all my courage to do so. The letter explained everything I had been through to raise awareness about what had happened to me.
Aiming to prevent any of their future pupils from experiencing the same thing and how they could best support their pupils in this situation. To my surprise, they didn’t reply. I felt let down and defeated. I reminded myself I was Fierce! It wasn’t about my pride, it was about the message I wanted to share.
I went back to the drawing board and decided I needed to share my message another way so I started my own YouTube channel. I knew by making myself vulnerable in this way, I could hopefully help others understand how best to support the ones they love in a similar situation. It was the biggest decision I have ever made in my life as it wasn’t something I had shared with many people but I looked at the bigger picture and posted it! This initiated conversations between mothers, teenagers, and family members all saying this had helped them. My family and friends are what gave me the courage to speak out and I am thankful I have such a strong support system.
My friend Rachel and I went through this together. We lost loved ones and came out the other side. For her I will always be grateful. From that moment on I knew I had found my path in life!
Nearly a year later, after starting my YouTube channel, I am a Trustee of a charity! Paul, the founder of the charity found me through my YouTube channel and thought my story would resonate with their values. With visions for the future to reach out to schools and share my story to teach young people the impact, they can have on each other. Pauls's ambition to empower women inspires me and I can’t wait to continue to do my part and add to this charity.
It is for this reason that I have chosen ‘In Your Corner SCIO’ as my charity where 25% of all proceeds made from this painting will be donated. This charity is a gym that supports women that have been abused and is a place that anyone can come, feel safe, and be listened to.
I guess my message is to always be Fierce! Never let anyone tell you you can’t do it. If I had given up on myself I wouldn’t have achieved what I have now. Let the people that doubted you fuel your passion and be fierce to reach your full potential.
There is always that day you can change your life around and that day can start now.
~ Sacha ~
~I am Fierce ~
Due to COVID, this foundling charity is awaiting confirmation of their charity number. 25% of proceeds will still be donated and held with the trustee until this is confirmed. If you would like more information about the charity before the website is released please contact us. 
You can find the charity on Instagram here.
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