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Father calls for action after 15-year-old told to "go do what Dolly did" in hateful online abuse

In the words of Dolly, speak, even if your voice shakes.

By Holly Royce
Only days of after Amy 'Dolly' Everett's funeral, a concerned father has shared screenshots of the relentless online bullying his 15-year-old daughter is suffering through.
Russell Simpson shared images of the abuse on Facebook in a post which has since gone viral.
"Righto Lets see if everyone is fair dink-um about this social media bullying," starts Russell.
Image via Facebook.
"To all the people that think we go on and on about Cyber bulling here is your example to what Katelyn has put up with over the years."
"It doesn't worry her anymore but now it has become to the point where OK here I come and look out," Russell says in the Facebook post.
He confirms the post was reported to Snapchat and the parents are trying to "little vermin down".
Katelyn Simpson via Facebook
Katelyn and her family confirmed the knew Amy 'Dolly' Everett', the 14-year-old, who was once the face of Akubra and took her own life after being bullied online.
The teen, who was affectionately known as Dolly, died on 3 January. Her devastated family released the following statement:
"Firstly, we would like to thank the whole community for the overwhelming response we have received since our world came crashing down around us when our beautiful Dolly left our family. May we please ask for some time to celebrate the life of our much-loved daughter Dolly.
"Out of all the sadness that the loss of our daughter has brought to our lives, we feel that through losing Dolly we would like to help other families by making an awareness of bullying and harassment that some people are sadly subject to."
"Before Dolly died, she completed a drawing and wrote the words, 'stand up, speak even if your voice shakes'. This powerful message tells the dark, scary place our beautiful angel had travelled to.
"We are not concerned with the who or the why of who pushed our daughter to this point, we just want to save another family going through the sadness and tragedy that our family is experiencing."
If you or anyone you know is suffering, please contact Lifeline (lifeline.org.au) on 1311 14 or visit Headspace at (headspace.org.au). Visit Beyond Blue at (beyondblue.org.au) or call 1300 22 4636. You can also contact the Kids Help Line on 1800 55 1800.