One touch and I ignite

In your eyes

I see something to believe in

Let the darkness lead us into the light

Let our dreams get lost, feel the temperature rise

One touch and I ignite…

Social activist, public speaker, and Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Monica Lewinsky, announces the launch of #DefyTheName – the campaign for 2018’s National Bullying Prevention Month. It follows the success of her 2017 #ClickWithCompassion campaign, which was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Commercial for its award-winning PSA.

The #DefyTheName PSA disarms the most common type of bullying behavior, name calling, by featuring an all-star cast acknowledging the hurtful names they were called as young people in situations that highlight their success and achievements.

BBDO New York, the award-winning ad agency, created the pro bono piece, working closely with Ms. Lewinsky, and her award-winning public relations firm Dini von Mueffling Communications, to insightfully address the growing epidemic of bullying (both online and off). Here is the PSA, which can be shared with the hashtag #DefyTheName –

#DefyTheName encourages those on social media to change their name (not username) to reflect their bullied name (i.e. John “Bullied Name” Doe) and share the campaign’s PSA and/or their own story. The net effect is to flood social media with a community that proves that bullying and name-calling don’t reflect one’s real self-worth. It especially sends a powerful message to teens: Don’t let the name define you. #DefyTheName

“On social media, names and words are often used as weapons. By showing the names that well-known and highly accomplished people were once called as kids, we hope to use social media to diffuse the power of those weapons,” said Greg Hahn, Chief Creative Officer of BBDO New York.

United Nations Children’s Fund report released this year found that nearly half of 13- to 15-year-olds around the world(150 million adolescents) have experienced bullying or physical violence from peers. A study last year in the journal Pediatrics estimates that bullying causes 1 in 5 teen suicides. The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death (after unintentional injury) for adolescents age 15-19.

This campaign is gratefully presented with support from the following organizations: The Amanda Todd LegacyAnti-Bullying AllianceThe Childhood Resilience FoundationCrisis Text LineThe Diana AwardDitch The LabelHeart MobiHollabackProject RockitSit With UsThink Before You Type, and The Tyler Clementi Foundation

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