Marked Man. Story of Sustained Bullying Forty Years ago Told at new Website

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Tony Rutt, 47, was terrorized as a small boy, persistently bullied from age eight through eleven, while in junior school in Hemel Hempstead, England in the 1970s. A creative non-fiction account of that traumatizing experience has just been published under the title “Mark” and can be read now at http://www.mymarkstory.com.

Tony Rutt, 47, was terrorized as a small boy, persistently bullied from age eight through eleven, while in junior school in Hemel Hempstead, England in the 1970s. A creative non-fiction account of that traumatizing experience has just been published under the title “Mark” and can be read now at http://www.mymarkstory.com.

Rutt said, “The story ‘Mark’ began as a therapeutic exercise to help me come to terms with that very difficult time in my young life, and how that experience has impacted me ever since. The website is the next step in the evolution of that process, launching this website is another way for me to tell my story and to be seen and heard today. It’s part of an ongoing redemptive process for me.”

“With the publishing of the story I hope that others will be encouraged to tell their own stories, as a step in the healing and recovery process that all bullied children need to go through at some time in their lives if they are to fully experience themselves.”

“Among the challenges for people traumatized as children is development trauma disorder which is, in effect, the bypassing of certain important stages of development as a result of focusing on surviving the period of trauma. Important developmental stages are simply missed. For me that can manifest as an inability to focus or follow through, difficulty with setting goals and success in reaching them. I see the http://www.mymarkstory.com project as a personal affirmation of my ability to conceive and follow through, and to continue to develop myself along with this process.”

Visitors to the site can also view extensive photo galleries related to the story, as well as find perspectives and comment on the story and the wider issue of bullying and childhood trauma.

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