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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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powerful story. sad but very moving and inspiring.

very good book. I thoroughly enjoyed it. the British accent was annoying at first but the story really draws you. sad but very inspiring to stay strong and don't let past pain control your future

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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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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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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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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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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

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.



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  • marie
  • 01-05-16

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

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  • Alexandria
  • 09-19-15

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".

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  • Theresa Claire Maxfield
  • 06-24-18

an excellent and thoroughly enlightening book.

This book is conclusive proof that the bad guys don't always win. I highly recommend

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  • 05-17-18

shocking and amazing.

It's the type of book you just cannot switch off you need to know what happens next and need too find out.

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  • veramacario
  • 04-27-18

Heartbreaking

Heartbreaking listen the story of this brave girl, who survived this horrendous abuse.Society has responsibility to look after protect those girls. We are responsible too as a public, if we see or have suspicious some abuse is happening. My heart is with her and other brave girls opened and put behind the bars those perpetrators.
Doesn’t stop here, we must continue to fight and protect our children

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  • peter foster
  • 03-11-18

Pulls the heart strings

Omg this poor girl ,Wel don know the half that goes on in this world

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  • geoff luck
  • 02-21-18

terrifying

What a brave young lady telling her story of tragedy and the frightening reality of her experiences at the hands of despicable people.

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  • Deefur Douglas
  • 01-25-18

Absolutely horrific story

Horrific story. brilliantly narrated. so glad justice has finally been served to the perpetrators of this evil crime.

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  • Jamie
  • 01-07-18

So well written and presented

This is a terrible true life story, written and presented in such a fantastic way.
Sarah has really described every obstacle she has faced in life wonderfully while really hitting the cold hard facts of her younger years.
For her to be so strong in the eyes of such adversity shows great courage.
Well done Sarah, you did yourself, your sister, your family and all those other girls proud.