Dolly Everett lived on a remote cattle station in the Northern Territory. She loved life on the ranch and grew up to show cattle, fish and horse ride. Kate and Tick Everett sent Dolly to Boarding School where her troubles began. She was being bullied physically and verbally. Boys were calling her horrible names and pushing her. This lead to Dolly feeling upset, powerless and afraid.
The bullying worsened as the months passed. Dolly was now receiving many hurtful messages online. She was still eager to try in school and play sport. With all of the cyber bullying happening, Dolly still hadn't mentioned anything to her parents or sister. She was experiencing this alone at the age of fourteen.
Dolly's Dream Foundation
On the 3rd of January 2018, Dolly Everett passed away. The bullying caused Dolly to reach breaking point and commit suicide. By this unfortunate event Dolly's family were left heartbroken. Kate and Tick were devastated to loose their little girl.
A higher proportion of female students are bullied at school than of males.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for young people
The story of Dolly Everett was broadcast Australia wide. Her story spread to schools, towns and cities. Many communities reached out to Kate, Tick and Meg to comfort them.
Kate, Tick and Meg Everett used donated money to set up a foundation 'Dolly's Dream' in memory of Dolly. Their aim is to educate teenagers and families about the seriousness of bullying and cyber bullying. Kate and Tick have partnered with other foundations to share Dolly's Dream. The charity empowers and acts as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
In such a short time Dolly's Dream has achieved so much. Dolly's law was introduced to NSW which imposes tough penalties for cyber bullies, 8 million Australians have heard of Dolly's story, eSmart was brought into QLD and NT schools to reduce bullying, $1.7 million has been fundrased, Kate and Tick were awarded the Local Heroes award, cyber safety workshops have been built and the contribution of QLD's anti-cyber bullying taskforce.
15.5% of high school students are cyber bullied
20.8% of students report being bullied.
13% of students are called names and insulted. 12% are the subject of rumors and 5% are pushed, tripped and shoved.