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Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal Audiobook

Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Beau Henry Sheppard 08-13-15
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    "Horror Story and shocking to think this happened in modern day Britain."

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    QiQi 12-12-16
    QiQi 12-12-16
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    "Too much sordid detail, repetitious, frustrating"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I kept fast forwarding, to find yet another chapter of sad, miserable subject matter and daily diary like writing style....ugh.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Abridge (trim it down by 1/2 - at least for audio)


    What three words best describe Chloe Massey’s performance?

    Somber as subject


    Do you think Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Perhaps if written/edited by an experienced "true crime" type author and or editor.


    Any additional comments?

    Depressing, frustrating, boring. Sensitive people may want to avoid this drawn out , sad, hopeless, helpless and depressing story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    peanut13_1 04-02-16
    peanut13_1 04-02-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Sarah's Choice"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dragon-torn-6 12-17-15
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    "This store was absolutely amazing and horrible."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M.M. 08-06-15
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    "Good story"

    Hard to understand a lot of the narrator. Her accent is very thick! The story itself is a sad tale.

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    Felisa Kay Chaloupek 10-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "straight shooting from victim herself"

    I'm American so i highly enjoyed the English accent's and adjectives. Sarah tells her story straight and what felt like very honest. It was worth the read and i only wish the best to that family and others involved. thanks for the honesty sarah.

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    BJLFH 09-25-17
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    "Don't hide from this!"

    This is a reality happening in our world in many countries. Sadly people tend to pretend it doesnt.

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    Kevin R Brown 09-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A Story of inspiration and hope. survivor "

    This story Is about a survivor that no longer will be a victim. Her voice is heard and she could change the world .

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    happynow 03-17-17
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    "riveting"

    great naration, riveting and heartbreaking story. Disgusting that something like could happen and no one did anything to stop it for so long

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    Pamela Plimpton 03-08-17
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    "Intriguing & great story!"
    What did you love best about Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal?

    Completely involved from the first words. This is a very interesting tale from a survivor!! Heartbreaking & guttwrenching at times, but very intriguing at the same time. Held my attention completely & I couldn't wait to hear the next chapter.


    What does Chloe Massey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The passion and the accent :)


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The inside story of how everything happens & how the girls FEEL like they owe everything to their captors. :(


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  • lucy
    10/14/15
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    "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.



    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • marie
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    "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

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandria
    9/19/15
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    "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".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • CNW1974
    8/6/17
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    "Violated"

    This book was a difficult read, but once I started I knew I had to finish it. Sarah Wilson is an amazingly brave young lady who has been through so much trauma and tragedy at such a young age. Despite her dreadful experiences, she survived and has written this book which describes how she was the victim of grooming at a very young age. The failures of the police, social services and various other agencies is shocking. I would recommend this book, but would say that it will take you in an emotional rollercoaster but this is nothing compared to Sarah's experiences.

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  • Margaret Stewart
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    8/1/17
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    "A shocking story about child abuse"

    this was a harrowing story by Sarah Wilson you wouldn't have thought this happened it's so terrible well done Sarath for speaking out your have been to hell and back you have a future to look forward to with your son good luck for the future

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  • Lynda Clack
    6/14/17
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    "Shocking and deeply saddening."

    A true survivor of the most horrific circumstances with which she found herself.
    A story of determination and courage

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  • genna peirce
    6/2/17
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    "A very sad reality"

    A very sad true story about what happens to may girls all over the world everyday and gets brushed under the carpet time and time again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jayne harris
    5/29/17
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    "A brilliant listen"

    I found this book such an emotional ride.. so well written honest and raw. I cried my eyes out many times at the thought of the lost innocence and childhood of so many girls. Hopefully we have Learned lessons and whilst I'm pretty sure the grooming and abuse still happens there are now people who are helping and listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kayleigh Gray
    5/26/17
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    "Very disturbing and I commend her bravery"

    I downloaded this book due to the 3 part drama on BBC.

    I truly commend this lady for sharing her story. It will not have been easy and it's so great to see she found strength through dark times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marg
    5/14/17
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    "Heart breaking story"

    Beautifully narrated which makes such as difference drove the book s you listen to x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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