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Child Abuse & Neglect

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Hope's Boy: Broken by life, saved by love [used book], Andrew Bridge
1 Hope's Boy: Broken by life, saved by love [used book]
Andrew Bridge UK Hodder and Stoughton 2008 0340961767 / 9780340961766 Soft cover Good Book Trade Paperback 
Andrew grew up in the 1970s with his funny, loving but deeply unstable mother. Life with her was totally chaotic. She left him alone in motel rooms at night and took him with her when she went house burgling. But Andrew's mother wasn't bad, she was just lost herself and one thing she did was always tell him she loved him. Gradually, though, the bad times got worse. One day Andrew, aged seven, found his mother in the bathroom in the middle of a breakdown, the walls covered in her pleas for help all written in the blood from the cuts she'd inflicted on herself. He was taken into care and put with a foster family who treated him with loneliness and neglect at best and cruel indifference as standard. This is a groundbreaking story of a childhood destroyed by mental illness. It is also a heartbreaking love story about a mother's legacy of love. 
Price: 8.00 AUD
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In Moral Danger: A True Story [used book], Barbara Biggs
2 In Moral Danger: A True Story [used book]
Barbara Biggs Australia Floradale 2003 0957912145 / 9780957912144 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
He was 42 and one of Australia's most successful criminal barristers. She was 14, a runaway with nowhere to go. She later learnt the barrister had paid her grandmother. She had been sold... So begins Barbara Biggs' inside account of the dark side of the permissive seventies. The episode is to haunt her for years. But it is only one part of an extraordinary family story told with black humour and unflinching honesty. At 13 she runs away from home for wayward girls. At 16 she admits herself to a psychiatric hospital. At 18 she escapes Cambodia as it falls to the Khmer Rouge. At 19 she is a prostitute in Japan. At 21 she threw unionism into chaos making headlines around Australia. And lives to tell the tale. This is it. 
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No One Wants You: A True Story of a Child Forced into Prostitution [used book], Celine Roberts
3 No One Wants You: A True Story of a Child Forced into Prostitution [used book]
Celine Roberts UK Ebury 2012 0091922704 / 9780091922702 Soft cover Good Book B-format 
Given away by her mother at five months old, raped on the day of her first communion at age seven - when Celine Roberts was told 'No one wants you', she believed it. Illegitimate and unwanted, Celine was forced by her foster mother into prostitution. Her bones were broken, her nose was crushed and she ate candle wax to stay alive. Celine was finally rescued and sent to an industrial school, where she picked up the pieces of her shattered life. She also began the search for her parents. But what she found gave her battered survival instincts the hardest knock of all...Full of the most heartbreaking tragedy but ultimately survival and hope, "No One Wants You" is the remarkably honest and compelling memoir of a woman triumphing over her brutal past. 
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The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family [used book], Dave Pelzer
4 The Lost Boy: A Foster Child's Search for the Love of a Family [used book]
Dave Pelzer UK Orion Books 2001 0752837613 / 9780752837611 Soft cover Good Book A-format 
As a child, Dave Pelzer was brutally beaten and starved by his mother. The world knew nothing of his living nightmare and he had nothing and 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. Finally, his horrific plight could no longer be hidden from the outside world and Dave's life radically changed. THE LOST BOY is the harrowing, but ultimately uplifting, true story of a boy's journey through the foster-care system in search of a family to love. The continuation of Dave Pelzer's story is a moving sequel and inspirational read for all. 
Price: 7.00 AUD
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