The shocking first true account from one of the young girls who lived through and survived the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.
In the summer of 2014, the Rotherham sex abuse scandal sent shockwaves through the nation. A report revealed that since the 1990s, up to 1,400 young girls in the town had been regularly abused by sex gangs, predominantly comprised of Pakistani men. As the media descended on the small Yorkshire town, Sarah Wilson watched with horror and relief as her voice was finally heard after years of abuse.
Sarah was just 11 years old when she was befriended by a group of older men. Bullied at school, naive and vulnerable, the gifts and attention they lavished on her were what she craved; she just wanted to belong. But soon she was hooked on alcohol and drugs, and then they owned her.
She was just 12 years old when she was bundled into a car by a man in his 30s and forced to have sex with him. Soon the gang were driving her to places where she was raped by scores of men. Falling through the system, from social services to school, no one was able to help her. She escaped when she became too old for the men at nearly 16.
Finally a victim of the Rotherham scandal tells her story in the hope that other young girls will not fall prey to the same evil that she endured.
©2015 Sarah Wilson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited
This was not a story I had heard about in Australia although I had heard the case of the first white honour killing so doubly shocking that such horror was experienced by this one family.
The story was personal, sensitive and without prejudice that in itself highlights the remarkable nature and strength of this survivor and her mum and sister.
The narrator did a fantastic job of telling this true event through the eyes of the author who had to experience this awful abuse at such a young age.
So sad to hear children go through this but at the same time this hopefully will make people be braver to get through stuff like this
This girl really laid her life out for us. Sarah, you have such an incredible story. I thank you for being brave enough to stand up for your rights as an individual. I Highly recommend this book to anyone. It could have easily been a novel. Very well written. And the performance was awesome.
She really caught what it is like to be an adolescent just wanting to fit in, hang out and have friends.
No. Really enjoyed her performance
I think the author is still under their spell, she goes on to get involved with another one after everything that happened? Surprise, surprise she is now on her own again. Don't want to put in any spoilers but can say that the man she was with towards the end and how that relationship left her, was anyone reading/listening surprised?
Although the author stated over and over that she hated her and her family's stories being fodder for racists, her story more then any other I have read shows there is complete disharmony between this particular ideology and the Western world. The contempt that everyone of them showed this author and her family is truly alarming and don't get me started on the local police and social workers. This poor child was failed on every level and I am glad I have a rifle to keep my child from the same fate. I'm sure if her mother had one this child would have been spared a lot of pain. Also it is more proof that we can never truly trust government officials to take care of us. In fact, don't expect anything from them at all.
I did enjoy listening to this book on audio. It was an interesting read in that when I think of the "sexual trade" I see young human beings drugged beyond choice. This perspective showed someone who had a choice with the drugs and sex. I completely understand the abuse and brainwashing that went with it but the drugs were not forced. This other perspective was educational to me and while Sarah had choices it doesn't excuse her abusers in any way. I'm glad she was able to overcome it and expose this horrid industry. Much evil in this world and as hard as it is to hear it cannot be ignored.
It's incredibly hard to get through and finish. I can only image what it was like to live it, but it is a powerful story that should not be left on a shelf just because it's hard to get through.
As a mother this story grabbed my heart. the book was well written, intriguing and kept my attention all the way through. I spent a lot more money on audible this book was reasonable priced and definitely on my top ten best list.
I felt the narrator was Sarah.
most memorable was how I felt Sarah had worked through what happened, the wounds ate still fresh, so it's understanding.
"Powerful and shocking"
An extraordinary and compelling book, but tough and painful to listen to.
The details of what the author endured during her youth in Rotherham is presented with heart breaking honesty and candour. It's quite amazing she has had the strength to write this book, but vital that she did.
"absolutely fantastic very harrowing"
so shocking to think that this happened
fantastic read very sad in lots of places 10 out of 10 for the narrator and writer
"Amazing, Honest and Factual"
Amazing story of incredible courage within a society that has failed her.
The story was well written compelling from start to finish. The biggest shocks accured not when hearing the facts but when reality set in a split second after that this "actually happened to someone".
Superbly narrated. Incredibly upsetting for a parent to read but very insightful. Well done Sarah.
So well written, balanced and brave. Sarah is a fighter, a survivor and an inspiration. Thank you for sharing.
"A thought provoking "must read" !!!"
This is the true story of corrupt society that failed an entire family!! I am left disgusted by a police force that did nothing to help them. Yet I am also bursting with awe as to the strength these women showed in the worst possible circumstances. I was left feeling sad at Sarah's and her mothers loss yet proud how she stood strong for her sister and her niece. She showed such integrity,where as a police force I almost expect it to be a part of their job criteria showed non
The book was written in a raw and honest script and and although the last chapters left me in tears I will hopefully take Sarah's words and teach my daughters that this treatment against children is not acceptable and if no one listens " keep telling the story,till some one does" R I P Laura X
"Heartbreaking for what Sara and the others went through"
It is not often I have problems put a book down to carry on later, but this one really had me hooked. I really feel for this girl not only for what happened to her, but to just start to get away from the groomers to then lose her sister to these sort of animals. They consider their honour more important than a young girl and mothers life. Stuff like this should be a lot harsher punishment. As for the guy who killed her sister, should have hung him. As that is not possible keep him in for life making him work for his keep or when he gets out send him and his family back to where they came from as they want to live be their own country's rules and not ours. Last but not least Sara you were not responsible for what happen to you there is no way you could have stopped it. May the rest of your life be an enjoyable one with your kids
"It's necessary that this story is heard"
We all need to learn the lessons from this story, Muslims attitude towards white people is the reason this got as bad as it did
"was really gripping to listan to"
having come through something simlar it gave me hope and loved every min of it
"Too long could have been shorter"
Too much not relevant to the scandal.
Found accent difficult to listen to for any length of time
do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others
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