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.
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By lucy on 14-10-15
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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By Beau Henry Sheppard on 13-08-15
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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By peanut13_1 on 02-04-16
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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