Published: 00:00, 09 June 2014
Tamanna Miah, a local girl from Sevenoaks has launched a film to tackle bullying.
Tamanna, 20, has created the video with the help of the charity 'Fixers', in order to raise awareness of bullying among young people.
During her time in school, Tamanna was the victim of racist taunts and abuse and wants to make clear the damage and effects of such bullying.
She said: "When I was growing up, I was the only Asian child in town. There was a group of girls who turned against me.
The message behind Tamanna's film is that racial abuse does not always have to be physical to leave scars.
“I used to get physically abused, emotionally abused and they’d call me names. I felt alone and worthless." - Tamanna Miah
She stated: "We are trying to say in our film that any kind of abuse, whether it’s physical or verbal, can be harmful, just as hitting someone can be harmful.“It can affect you mentally and emotionally. It can really do a lot of damage.”
The Mayor of Sevenoaks, Councillor Simon Raikes, fully supports the campaign and attended the film's official launch event.
He said: "I think the film is very powerful. It gives you a visual demonstration of just how damaging mental cruelty and mental bullying can be."
Tamanna hopes her film will prevent those bullying or tempted to bully by giving a demonstration of the effects the victims suffer.
Her film will be featured on Thursday on ITV Meridian at 6pm.
Fixers aims to work with over 70,000 young people aged 16 to 25 by 2020 to help them to take action and tackle issues they feel strongly about.
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