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After rumors surfaced that pop star Justin Bieber was smoking weed, members of a message board known as 4chan decided to launch the #CutForBieber Twitter campaign in a mock protest. Members used fake accounts, included photos of cutters and the #CutForBieber hashtag.
"Lets start a cut yourself for bieber campaign," an anonymous user wrote on the message board. "Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because bieber was smoking weed. See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves."
The campaign went viral and is now making headlines.
Let's step back for a minute. What is cutting? And how serious is it? Cutting is a form of deliberate self-harm, self-inflicted violence in which people take a razor blade or other sharp object and cut into their flesh to the point of letting blood.
The psychology behind it is heart-wrenching: The pain of cutting is a distraction from the emotional pain, anger and frustration the cutter feels. The cutter may slice their wrists, arms, legs or stomachs. The cuts are often so deep they leave scars that mirror the emotional scars in their soul.
I've been involved with youth who call themselves cutters. So when I saw the #CutForBieber campaign it struck my heart. Encouraging anyone to cut, even in a mock protest, is more than irresponsible. It's a demon-inspired ploy to drive depressed teenagers deeper into bondage and lure curious youth to engage in an act they've never had the courage to act out.
Cutting is indeed a serious problem, but because cutters tend to hide their self-injury it often goes unnoticed and is difficult to track. The Journal of Clinical Psychology reports about 4 percent of the U.S. population show signs of self-injurious behavior. That's more than 12 million people. A CNN.com poll shows that one in five teens have purposely injured themselves at some time.
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SOURCE: Charisma News - Jennifer LeClaire