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DENVER -- As we've said before, October is national anti-bully month.  It's not just a problem, bullying is a crisis that’s leading to a growing suicide problem among our nation’s youth.

According to statistics released by StompOutBullying.com, one out of every four teens are bullied, 160,000 students stay home on any given day in the due to a fear of being bullied and 43 percent of students fear being harassed in the bathroom at school.

Cherokee Ronolo-Valdez, a 13-year-old 8th grade student in Denver said she was bullied at school, but now she’s fighting back with the help of a new program at Denver Public Schools.

The program is called "Challenge Day," and Ronolo-Valdez said it brings together groups of students and encourages them to talk about their lives, how they've been bullied and how they've handled it.

Watch the video above fore more from Ronolo-Valdez about how this has helped her deal with being bullied.

Here's the information for the second annual anti-bullying luncheon. It takes place on Monday Nov. 13 Thomas Jefferson High School in Denver.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased at ChallengeDenver.org.

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