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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPECIAL REPORT -

ATAR­GET of cy­ber bul­ly­ing who over­came her tor­men­tors and now works as a youth leader has shared her ex­pe­ri­ences. The young woman, who has asked not to be iden­ti­fied in case it pro­vokes more on­line abuse, faced years of ag­gres­sive web com­ments from her peers in south Bucks.

The abuse was sparked when she came out as gay as a young teenager. Since then she has faced abuse on so­cial me­dia from anony­mous peo­ple and peo­ple she knew be­fore spi­ralling into self­harm.

She said: “I had mes­sages from a cer­tain group of peo­ple telling me to kill my­self, telling me to ‘go and die’ and that be­ing gay is wrong, that peo­ple do not need gay peo­ple in the world.

“They also took the mick out of me be­cause of the way I looked. I’m quite dif­fer­ent in my style which can set me up as a tar­get for peo­ple.

“Ob­vi­ously at that age I was vul­ner­a­ble al­ready. It makes you feel like rub­bish when you have not lived your life yet and peo­ple are al­ready

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