ILE DES CHENES, Manitoba (December 8, 2014) — Over the past few years, bullying has become an epidemic with deadly consequences. Newspaper headlines scream for justice as our youth fight for survival; a fight they sometimes lose.

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors (USD $1.99 Kindle, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform) is a collection of real stories, written by real people who have suffered at the hands of bullies. In each story, contributors dig deep into their own painful memories, to vulnerably expose their horrors with the hope that their survival will inspire others to fight.

This collection includes contributions from across Canada, the US and UK. Read stories of bullying survivors, including submissions from Leah Parson’s, whose daughter “Heather” was bullied to the point of suicide in 2013 in Nova Scotia; Jenna Nickie, the “Warrior Mom” from Saskatchewan; Evan Wiens, who fought successfully for a gay-straight alliance within a Christian-based school district and Candace Maxymowich, a budding politician subjected to international online bullying during a civic election campaign also contributed to this project. Gina Dickason, founder of Families Impacted by Bullying shares her daughter Jade's story for the first time ever. Along with real stories, Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors includes vital information that could help you identify and stop bullying in your home or community.

Curtis says: “When the province (of Manitoba) proposed Bill 18, I considered sharing my bullying story publicly for the first time. As I pondered going public, I received hundreds of letters of support from people thanking me for being courageous and giving them a voice. That was when I realized that I needed to help those who have been silenced by their abusers, and help others share their stories. By sharing our stories, we take back our power and are no longer victims."

Reader Lisa Reimer wrote: “I just finished reading your book. Some of those stories had me in tears. Full out ugly crying. Marianne, this book should be read by every parent, aunt, uncle, etc as well as teachers, principals, coaches and Education Assistants. After all the awful stories of what HAS happened, this book is like a manual on how NOT to become a statistic. This book has encouraged me to get involved with my sisters school and volunteer to lead an anti-bullying group. I don't know what the rules are on me leading the group, so if I can't, I will see if my sisters are brave enough to do it. Thank you for this amazing read!”

Curtis is on a five day virtual book blog tour beginning on Monday, December 8th and ending on Friday, December 12th, 2014 organized by Book Marketing Services,

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors by Marianne Curtis
Published by: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 3, 2014)
ISBN — 10: 1494869357
ISBN — 13: 978-14948669359

Rae of Hope: Stories from Survivors is available from, Barnes and Noble and Kobo Books.

For more information, contact: Marianne Curtis, author [email protected], phone: 204-794-1207