Jeremiah Raber is known as one of the stars of “Breaking Amish” and also the spin-off “Return to Amish.” On Friday, Examiner got the chance to speak to him exclusively about a hard time in his life due to the problem of cyber bullying. This show will be coming back for another season on May 31 on TLC and will air eight episodes.
Since the day this show started airing, Jeremiah has been dealing with cyber bullying. When they sign up for this show, they do not sign up to be bullied and harassed, but that is exactly what happened to him. He is active on social networks and has received hate messages from people who know him from the show. This really impacted his life and now he is speaking out against these bullies wanting everyone to know to choose their words wisely before posting them online. Reality stars can and will read the comments about them, which can deeply affect their lives.
Being on social networks and part of “Breaking Amish” fan groups on Facebook, Jeremiah would see exactly what people had to say about him. A lot of information out there was a lie and this was hard to read. Various people online, including the person who runs a very large fan group for the show, would message him calling him names and taking things way too far. They even reached out and contacted his ex-wife trying to get dirt on the reality TV star. This was not the media, but simply people who were wanting to find out information on him. They would take it as far as to make up fake profiles to harass him and other members of the show.
Things got so bad about a year and a half ago that Jeremiah Raber almost took his own life. He lost 15-20 lbs, in just three short weeks. Luckily a good friend stayed by his side for several days, talked to him and helped to save his life. Raber shared “People need to realize that their words have an impact and choose them wisely.” It has gone as far as people coming up to him person wanting to beat him up simply because they saw a lie about him online. Hopefully by speaking out about the bullying, Raber can bring some attention to this problem and make people think before they harass someone they know nothing about and simply see on an edited television show.
Raber feels so strongly against bullying that he has started his own Facebook group called Bully No More. This group shares about anti-bullying and helps each other to get through the hard times. After going through it himself, Jeremiah is there to help out people dealing with the same problems.
Now that he is done filming the new season of “Return to Amish,” Jeremiah Raber is staying busy with his Facebook groups and his online store JeremiahRaber.com. Don’t miss the new season when it starts on May 31 and please remember that reality stars are people to and what you say online does affect them in ways you may never realize.