In the small farm town of Arbor Falls, NJ, a young girl named Anelisse must convince her love-struck mother that her new husband is not the man he appears to be. Once his violent true colors are revealed, Anelisse desperately attempts to convince her mother to leave him, but to no avail. After realizing she no longer has the support of her mother, Anelisse must do what she can to protect herself, as well as her siblings, in order to make it out of the house alive. Anelisse is the chilling true story of a young New Jersey girl who struggles to survive emotional, physical, and verbal abuse at the hands of her alcoholic stepfather. Based on author Adriana Bellini's real-life battle with child abuse, Anelisse provides a chilling, detailed look inside the dysfunctional world many abused children come from. WARNING: Contains graphic violence and strong language.
Author: Cassie Moore
Publisher: Live It
Release Date: 2012
Genre: Adult child abuse victims
In this shocking memoir, Cassie Moore gives a very open description of how she suffered and survived a lifetime of abuse: The sexual, physical and emotional abuse she suffered at the hands of her parents, who sold her into marriage at the age of 16; the 23 years of domestic violence she endured and what she did to save herself and start a new life
What would you do if you heard someone abusing a child in the bedroom next to yours? What would you do if it took over a year for that child to find safety, and you heard the child's anguished cries, night after night? Read one woman's diary of suspected child abuse in the state of New Hampshire during 2011 and 2012. This is a true story describing real events, though the characters have been fictionalized. This isn't a novel. It's a real-life diary. The story starts as the concerned neighbor gradually discovers that it doesn't help to call the police or state officials. Their hands are tied, whether by inadequate laws or an overwhelmed and under-funded system. The only people who seemed concerned were those who -- by law -- couldn't do anything except offer help to the family, and express frustration to the police, Child Protective Services, and members of the extended family. This diary covers the months that followed, to the day one parent decided to shake things up. This book isn't just about one child. It gives you an inside view of a system that is overburdened and ineffective. In this case, nothing protected the child from abuse. "Momma, Don't Hit Me!" also includes the author's thoughts on what needs to change to heal children, their families, and -- ultimately -- their communities. Amazon.com bestseller Read this poignant true story to understand what's going on behind some closed doors, and what needs to change to protect children in our community. Fourth edition.
The author describes growing up with eleven brothers and sisters with a violent father and self-destructive mother who subjected their children to a relentless series of beatings, torture, starvation, and abandonment and his efforts to come to terms with the past and triumph over the horror of his youth.
Author: Sarah Burleton
Publisher: Sarah Burleton
Release Date: 2012-03-01
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
In the blink of an eye, Mom ran up behind me and pushed me into the fence. Instinctively, I reached out my arms to stop my fall and ended up grabbing the live fence. My hands clamped around the thin wires, and my body collapsed to the ground as the electricity coursed through it. I opened my eyes and saw my mother standing over me with the strangest smile on her face. “Oh, my God, I'm going to die!” I thought in panic.Imagine never being able to close your eyes and remember the feel of your mother's arms wrapped around you. Now imagine closing your eyes and remembering your mother's tears splashing down on your face as she is on top of you, crying as she is trying to choke you to death. My mother left me these memories and many more during my traumatic childhood. After many years of struggling with trying to understand “Why Me?” I took back control of my life and started saying, “It was me, now what am I going to do?” The answer is my book, “Why Me?”. It is my childhood journey through the terrors of physical and mental abuse from first grade until the day I moved out. It is my way of letting the world know what was really going on behind closed doors.
Abandoned tells the heartbreaking story of a little girl's abusive childhood and her subsequent homelessness as an adult. Born illegitimately to Irish lovers, Anya was given away by her real mother and brought up in England by her loving aunt. However, her childhood with her new family was far from happy - verbally and sexually abused for years, Anya finally cracked and shopped her violent uncle, resulting in his imprisonment. After his imprisonment and a few months before her twelfth birthday, Anya lost her whole family overnight. They didn't die, although they might as well have done; they just went away, abandoning her. There was no one else to care, so Anya pretended that she didn't either. She learnt to shut down, and not to let anybody in. She thought that she had worked through it all, overcome it. But then, several years later, through a series of unrelated problems, her life imploded again. Several things ended together: a job, a relationship, money, luck - and she ended up homeless and living in her car in a laneway at the edge of the woods.
Author: Kathy and Gary Picard
Release Date: 2017-03-26
Genre: Adult victims of child abuse
"It shouldn't happen, but it does. It shouldn't be a secret, but all too often it is, and life with my idiot family is evidence that childhood sexual abuse can happen anywhere, to any child. Kathy's story is so much more than a carthartic release though. She is living proof that we don't have to be defined by what others have done to us."--Back cover.
What happened to Kevin...? "Momma, Stop! I'll Be Good" continues the real-life story begun in the best-selling book, "Momma, Don't Hit Me!" In this tale of child abuse in New Hampshire, readers discover the rest of the story of Kevin, a preschool boy. In the previous book, readers saw that the police were powerless to help Kevin. The state's child protection department was too overwhelmed and understaffed to do anything, either. Kevin was at the mercy of abuse by his mother, Ann, and neglect by his father, Joe. In this sequel, you'll learn more about Joe's darker side and how far Ann would go, putting her own needs ahead of Kevin's. And, you'll find out what happened to Kevin. It's not a "happily ever after" story, but it brings closure to Kevin's plight. Based on a true story that unfolded in New Hampshire during 2011 - 2013.
Aged just two and three years old, Evie and Elliot have experienced a lifetime of abuse and neglect. Scrawny, filthy and wide-eyed with fear when they turn up on foster carer Maggie Hartley's doorstep, these young siblings have hardly set foot outside their own home. They have been prisoners, locked in a terrifying world of abuse and violence. Maggie soon realises that Evie and Elliot are lacking the basic life skills we all take for granted. The outside world terrifies them; the sound of the doorbell sends them into a panic that takes hours to abate. Gradually unlocking the truth of their heart-breaking upbringing, Maggie tells their shocking true story. From emotionally scarred and damaged little children, we see how - with warmth and dedication - Maggie transforms their lives. As this moving story unfolds, we share Maggie's joy when these children finally smile again, when they realise they do have a future after all. Discover why readers have fallen in love with Maggie Hartley "I absolutely loved this book. It is up there with one of the best. I have laughed and I have cried. I would give it ten stars if I could." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars "If you haven't read Maggie's books they are a must read." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars "Such a heart-breaking story you just can't put this book down. I have read many books of this genre and this is one of the best. Hard hitting and real... don't miss this one!" - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
You only get one chance to live your life as a child, but Lily was never given that chance; her childhood was taken from her before it ever begun. From the age of four, when she was first sexually abused, her life changed forever; when she walked through the institution’s doors in Ireland, her life continued along the same path that has destroyed her soul. Her emotional pain is as strong today as it was the day it began and will never leave her alone.“When I go to sleep it’s in my head and when I wake up I can see it in the mirror and I am only waiting to die.” A child abuse story that will stay with you forever and one that you will talk about for many years to come, The Girl Nobody Wants is a harrowing true story that will appeal to fans of biographies and fans of Jodi Picoult. It has been compared to Dave Pelzer’s A Child Called It, Damaged by Cathy Glass and The Kid by Kevin Lewis.
Abused, raped, and beaten; this girl went through hell only to come back stronger than ever!"It just felt like every corner I turned was a sick evil man lurking."Heather was taken advantage of by many older and more powerful men. Her own step dad would beat her and molest her, while her mother did nothing even though she knew about it. Even the social system was not in Heather's favor, she was never looked out after and was always brought back to that horrifying house where she hated being. She was also bullied in school, and grew up in a rough neighborhood with financial troubles. Drugs also played a huge part in her story as it affected her and the ones around her."I began to wonder what I did in my past life to have such horrible things happen to me. I swear I must have been Hitler or something. I had to have murdered millions of people to be hit so hard in this life. I had nothing else to blame. If I was I just want to apologize right now, I swear whatever I did I'm sorry."But all wasn't terrible in her life, she was able to have beautiful kids and raise a family through all the tough times. She learned from her mistakes, and grew to be be a better person. The tough times carved her into the person she is today, and she is Damn proud of herself and who she became."I've had opportunities to live a high roller life, but that all came with an emotional price I wasn't willing to pay. I tried to go the other way and work my way through life, live my dream of being an accomplished writer and raise a family. It was all I dreamed about, always. But I was handed some tough cards to try to make anything out of it, but I am one damn good poker player."Join Heather in her sad but inspiring journey as she teaches you life lessons and vividly depicts the world for what it what really was through her eyes.Buy now to learn what happened to Heather and how she over came all the struggles in her life
Abused, starved and neglected. Ruth was a little ghost of a girl when she arrived into foster mother Maggie Hartley's care. As soon as Ruth arrived on her doorstep, it was clear to foster carer Maggie Hartley that Ruth had seen and experienced things that no 11-year-old should have to. Pale, frail and withdrawn, Ruth had been conditioned to 'see no evil, speak no evil'. Raised by a cruel stepmother and father, Ruth had been abused, underfed and ignored, while her half-siblings lived a life of luxury. Ruth is in desperate need of help, but can Maggie get through to her and unlock the harrowing secret she carries? With no one left in the world to love Ruth, it's up to Maggie to help her find her voice; to be a ghost no more, and bring those who've harmed her to justice. An uplifting and ultimately redemptive read, perfect for fans of Cathy Glass, Casey Watson, Angela Hart and Rosie Lewis. Discover why readers have fallen in love with Maggie Hartley "I absolutely loved this book. It is up there with one of the best. I have laughed and I have cried. I would give it ten stars if I could." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars "If you haven't read Maggie's books they are a must read." - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars "Such a heart-breaking story you just can't put this book down. I have read many books of this genre and this is one of the best. Hard hitting and real... don't miss this one!" - Amazon Reviewer, 5 stars
Author: Dave Pelzer
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Release Date: 2010-01-01
This book chronicles the unforgettable account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played tortuous, unpredictable games--games that left him nearly dead. He had to learn how to play his mother's games in order to survive because she no longer considered him a son, but a slave; and no longer a boy, but an "it." Dave's bed was an old army cot in the basement, and his clothes were torn and raunchy. When his mother allowed him the luxury of food, it was nothing more than spoiled scraps that even the dogs refused to eat. The outside world knew nothing of his living nightmare. He had nothing or no one to turn to, but his dreams kept him alive--dreams of someone taking care of him, loving him and calling him their son.