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Ruby Rose Bashed, HospitalisedAfter Bullying

TV presenter Ruby Rose has opened up about being severely bullied as a schoolgirl, and even being hospitalised after a particularly serious bashing.

“I absolutely hated school,” Ruby told News.com.au in a revealing story on Sunday. “My life began when high school ended. There were five girls and one boy who picked on me badly… Sometimes they would just come up and punch me in the head, but there was a lot of intimidation.”

Rose attended University High in Melbourne, and when she was 16 ended up in hospital after a particularly nasty bullying incident. “The whole school knew I was going to be beaten up that day, apparently, except me,” said Ruby. “I was at the University Cafe, across the road from school, with three friends. There were about 50 other students there. The gang started by just being rude to me and yelling the usual high-school stuff.”

One of the girls then picked up a metal chair and hit her in the head. “I didn’t see it coming. She was just smashing it against the back of my head. My mates tried to stop her but she kept going until management ran over and said ‘Enough!’. Security arrived and the police. It was a big deal. My head was bleeding. I had to go to hospital.”

Five girls and one boy were suspended from school over the incident. “I was scarily depressed,” she said. “But I got help. I was lucky, had counselling and was on anti-depressants for a time. I could have turned into an alcoholic, a drug addict or anything at all, but there was always something in me that made me go, ‘I’ll show them.’ I needed to push on – survive them, I suppose.”

Rose believes her sexuality contributed to the abuse, but was not a major factor. “I never knew why. I guess I was just a bit different,” she said. “My mum used to say success is the best revenge, and you know what? It really is.”

Indeed. Recently, during her acceptance speech at the Astra Awards, Ruby hit back at the bullies, saying, “To all those girls who bullied me in high school, where are you now?”

According to ‘Writing Themselves In Again’, the 2005 report into the health and well-being of same sex attracted young Australians, 44% of respondents said that they’d suffered verbal homophobia and 16% reported homophobic physical assault. Verbal abuse included name-calling, insults, threats and rumours, while physical abuse ranged from having clothes and possessions damaged to rape and hospitalisation for injuries.

Unsurprisingly, the most dangerous place for gay youth is school – 74% of all the reported abuse happened there.

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Christian Taylor

Christian Taylor said on the 27th Apr, 2009

her mum is spot on. success is the best revenge. i'd love to know where those girls are now. probably banged up in the suburbs...

jimjazz

jimjazz said on the 27th Apr, 2009

what a legend! you go girl!

timbo84

timbo84 said on the 27th Apr, 2009

My god she's smoking hot! If only we were both straight!! :D

candle21

candle21 said on the 27th Apr, 2009

She's so cool. Love her. I find it so inspiring how she rose above the bad times back in school. She is gorgeous and according to my Sydney magazine, the Sydney/Australian person most people want to have sex with.

Kairus

Kairus said on the 27th Apr, 2009

Thanks for speaking up about this Ruby, you will likely make some teenagers in school feel better about their situations. Kudos.

datkindagal

datkindagal said on the 27th Apr, 2009

sounds like exactly like my TAFE bashing experience. Was pretty awful. Being bashed like that because of you sexuality and/or gender just leaves you completely shattered as a person. To get up defiantly, dust yourself off and keep going takes a lot of self hype. Just getting out the door can be harrowing and I was an adult. Success is a great form of revenge I agree.

GenesisInVain

GenesisInVain said on the 27th Apr, 2009

ct i can't agree with you more

sar bear

sar bear said on the 27th Apr, 2009

Poor Ruby, I'm very lucky i never had to put up with that sort of crap when i was at school, but it's disgusting that people would treat others like that just because they are different, i wonder where those girls are now i guess they are just another number at the local westie mall, your mum was right Ruby you got your revenge and by the way you are the hottest thing on TV at the moment!! xxxx

brodes13

brodes13 said on the 27th Apr, 2009

I love ruby. I can totally relate to this. My life also began when I left Tassie... I dont think she'll ever look back! Good on her for publically talking about it. Its a bit inspirational for those that are suffering right now.

gandolf69

gandolf69 said on the 28th Apr, 2009

She's a great talent and hopefully the next compare of Aussie Idol which needs a replacement and a female would be nice.

bellsforher

bellsforher said on the 28th Apr, 2009

so strong, Ruby! My high schol experience was full of bullying and psychological abuse too - it is s0 good to be past that and help others by sharing your story Ruby

kaypea2007

kaypea2007 said on the 30th Apr, 2009

Go Ruby! Keep on showin' em! :) Bullying of any kind [it exists out of school too!] shouldn't be tolerated. xx

SherwinJTB

SherwinJTB said on the 29th Sep, 2009

Getting bullied sux... makes you do crazy things! In a way school was depressing because of a few idiots.

Simoneybabe

Simoneybabe said on the 5th Apr, 2013

sounds like exactly like my TAFE bashing experience. Was pretty awful. Being bashed like that because of you sexuality and/or gender just leaves you completely shattered as a person. To get up defiantly, dust yourself off and keep going takes a lot of self hype. Just getting out the door can be harrowing and I was an adult. Success is a great form of revenge I agree.
The above was posted by datkindagal, can't do quote brackets here.

My reply; where was your knife girl?
Anyway you could have sued the tafe, understand if you didn't because sometimes ones life is in too much of an upheaval or not settled to go through with the long court process.

mark_

mark_ said on the 5th Apr, 2013

Is the reason her arms look so damaged and dirty?

Tigerland

Tigerland said on the 5th Apr, 2013

sounds like exactly like my TAFE bashing experience. Was pretty awful. Being bashed like that because of you sexuality and/or gender just leaves you completely shattered as a person. To get up defiantly, dust yourself off and keep going takes a lot of self hype. Just getting out the door can be harrowing and I was an adult. Success is a great form of revenge I agree.
The above was posted by datkindagal, can't do quote brackets here.

My reply; where was your knife girl?
Anyway you could have sued the tafe, understand if you didn't because sometimes ones life is in too much of an upheaval or not settled to go through with the long court process.

Bashed at TAFE? That sucks! You'd expect this crap in High School not at TAFE. Although I witnessed some homophobia directed at someone way back in 1995 when I did one of my courses.
Did you report them Simoneybabe? Press charges? Get their sorry arses chucked out of the TAFE. I hope you're ok now. :(

mark_

mark_ said on the 6th Apr, 2013


Tigerland, I can just imagine how your complaints would have been received at the TAFE office back then—

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RghzQm3An44

Asherbella

Asherbella said on the 6th Apr, 2013

Ways to cope with bullying:
* Humour - joke with the bully to diffuse tension
* Not responding to the bully - Ignoring the bully takes away their power
* Respond in kind - 'fight fire with fire' - defending your pride
* Physically remove yourself from the bully - Escapism/avoidance tactic to diffuse situation