Actress Keke Palmer is teaming up with YWCA USA and Saving Our Daughters to make a statement about the issues of bullying and abuse against young people in the United States. As a young girl, Palmer says, she was frequently bullied.
“I was a victim of a bully when I was 8 years old, some kids in my class made fun of me because my hair was very curly and hard to manage,” said Palmer. “I am 18 years old and still, I remember it was painful, to be different, to have an illness like Little Iliss, to be different from the crowd for any reason can make you a target of a bully.”
Palmer will work on campaigns to help empower women internationally.
“I am so pleased to be a part of this anti-bullying campaign and sincerely hope that together we can make a difference,” Palmer said.
According to Tavia Pauling, Chief Operating Officer of Saving Our Daughters, “Keke will be the exclusive leader for the “Oath Project” which encourages young girls to take an oath for anti-bullying. This initiative will launch online via Facebook and Twitter to acquire pledges from 50,000 teens and 250,000 adults to take 8 immediate action steps to prevent bullying.” Palmer will also be featured in an anti-bullying PSA in October during National Bullying Awareness Month. Keke will also use the promotional platform of her upcoming film, “Joyful Noise” opening January 2012 and her forthcoming sophomore album due out in spring 2012 to bring further awareness and attention to this cause.