I don't have a lot to say about this, because Amanda Todd is silently eloquent in her own video. Please watch it, if you haven't. If you have seen it, consider watching it again. Don't let Amanda's message be lost.
As a mother, as a woman, as a human being, I'm -- oh, I'm just shaking my head, because I've learned that's better than hitting it against a wall.
When I was in high school, a friend of mine was tricked into revealing that she was bisexual. Tricked by someone who said, "I am too. You can trust me." There was no Facebook; there was also far less acceptance of different sexualities in our bit of surburbia in the 1980s. It was a cruel hoax; word got around and my friend tried to kill herself.
The media is calling what Amanda Todd went through bullying, and that gives politicians who have already spoken out against bullying a great opportunity. I disagree; this goes way beyond bullying. This is abuse. Amanda Todd was abused, emotionally and physically. Abuse is not acceptable, ever.
There are people out there who have gone through situations like Amanda's, and there are people who are right now going through them. They will not trust anyone, at least not right away, but they need us. They need us to listen, without judging or offering platitudes. They need us to say, "You didn't do anything wrong." They need us to be angry on their behalf. They need us to tell them, "Live."