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The X Show, July 24, 2023

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Surviving sexual assault and PTSD with special guest Anthony Tooton
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hosted by Tony Xu and Donna Xu

Today Anthony Tooton will be going over his experiences struggling with PTSD as a survivor of male sexual assault. We'll discuss how sexual assault can affect people throughout their lives and how he struggles with it in his life.

Guest Name, Anthony McGrath Tooton

Anthony McGrath Tooton
Your Pitch

Dear BBS:

My name is Anthony M. Tooton (IV) and after communicating with Donald he recommended I make a pitch! About three-and-a-half months ago, the following Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) article blasted out over the Internet, and my life - for better or worse - change overnight:

The relief which came along with ‘going public’ (while not mentioning names, or seeking retribution, when the incident which is mentioned in ‘public,’ there, for the first time) is palpable!

I want to let people know that PTSD, no matter it’s cause, can uproot and derail one’s life in the blink of an eye, however, there is ALWAYS a way out - Always.  Therefore, I would like to share my story to as wide an audience as possible - with the intention to help as many as provided the opportunity to!

There are many things which helped me along the way.. in a nutshell they are: New Friendships/ Unlikely Strangers/ Music/ and that which we don’t know exists. 

I thank you for the chance to share the above amd look forward to sharing much much more!





Hailing from St. John's, Newfoundland, Anthony M. Tooton is a filmmaker and media developer specializing in the documentary format. Tooton graduated OAC from the prestigious Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada and eventually attended film school in Toronto, after winning an entrance scholarship. He cut his teeth with his 2006, 52-minute documentary film, "Restaurants are not Democracies!" which followed the irrepressible restaurateur Michael Carlevale and his esteemed colleagues: Franco Prevedello, John Maxwell, Peter Oliver, Massimo Capra, Aristedes Pasperakis, and Stephen Ricci - at the 'establishment' restaurant Prego Della Piazza. In 2012, Tooton analyzed an aspect of the cultural relevance comedy plays at the Eastern most point of North America - Newfoundland & Labrador - with his 28-minute NTV Comedy Special: "At Humour's Edge!" In addition, Tooton co-produced and edited an NTV Special relating to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with a piece on Jeremy Bennett. Tooton co-produced, co-directed and edited the documentary short 'Moment of Inspiration' which took a look at the life of Sr. Frederick Banting, in London, Ontario. He is now moving forward the recently completed, 70-minute, Tooton's Photography: In The Business Of Making Memories, which focuses on the story of his great-grandfather (of the same name) who immigrated to Newfoundland from Damascus, Syria; created a renowned relationship with Kodak founder Mr. George Eastman; and established Tooton's Photography - which processed and printed in excess of 100 million rolls of film, over its 90 year lifespan.


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