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Hitting an all time low [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Taylor
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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This is a real life account from a rape survivor. From the trauma itself, through to denial and suppression and attempted suicide. The author painfully recalls her darkest times as not only part of her own acceptance of these horrific events, but to encourage others to face their own deeply buried secrets.

Initially sales of this book generated a fantastic donation of £250.00 for Mind Charity. The price has now been dramatically reduced purely so that as many people as possible have access to the story, and to encourage people to seek help which has always been the author's main intention.

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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising honesty. 15 Dec. 2011
By BigMac
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an unflinching personal account of a rape from the past which is recounted in flashbacks without understanding what they mean. A trigger event lets the horror unfold and so does her life. Absolutely uncompromising honesty. This account reads as the horror story that it obviously was and is. Most shocking is that is was still unfolding only weeks ago. You can't hide from the reality of this as a historic tale that may no longer be relevant. This should be given to all frontline NHS staff, police and the families who have had rape inflicted upon them. I read this with an understanding of how rape affects its victims from "Eastenders" but leave educated and shocked of the horrors that can occur and the struggle to receive attention and help to recover. A courageous book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal memoir of heart and hope 21 Dec. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sharon Taylor has done a remarkable thing -- written of a life-shattering experience with a frank, spare beauty, in a way that will surely offer help and hope to others who have been through something similar. Drug rape is too often a silent shame, leaving victims feeling helpless, embarrassed, even as though they were somehow at fault. Taylor takes us through her own challenging journey from "victim" to "survivor," on the way offering validation and acknowledgement to the sufferings of those who have been raped and a way forward for those who want to feel alive again.

What makes this book particularly impressive is the fact that Taylor shares intimate personal experiences with professional pacing, making the book impossible to put down. Though, as with most self-published books, a copy editor's touch would have been welcome, the book is free of structural flaws. Indeed, it moves like a crime novel, each chapter propelling you to the next.

The book would be a comforting companion to anyone who's been through the devastating violation of rape. But as a heartfelt human story it has the power to engage us all, and perhaps leave us a bit more compassionate to our fellow life travellers.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard, but rewarding reading. 16 Dec. 2011
By Halo
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this book today and read it in 2 and a half hours. Couldn't stop, even though at times it was very emotionally hard going.
Beautifully written in such a way that it feels like a friend telling you their life story. I was moved to tears more than once, both sad and happy.
The author is a survivor, though not without her desperately dark times, something she is completely honest about throughout.
I'm luckily able to say I've never experienced such trauma, but I still feel this was an important book for me to read as a woman.
This is an important book for everyone to read, male or female, survivor or not. Five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Knot twisting in the guts whilst reading. 26 Feb. 2012
By JayneyT
Format:Kindle Edition
An amazing story.

Right from the very start It hit me in the stomach with a knot of anxiety as I felt the rawness of realisation coming to the fore throughout the story.

Its not a story though, it's an account of an experience that I would never want to encounter but I know now that the human spirit can come through.

An excellent read and highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sharon is a wonderful human being 1 Jun. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
As the title says, Sharon truly is a wonderful human being. Honest, open, caring. I shall quickly run out of superlatives. This book is a painful joy to read. Beautiful. X
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mummymonster 4 Mar. 2013
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Honest and beautifully told. A compelling read. A brave and thought provoking insight to what it is to be a victim of abuse. Thank you for sharing your story Sharon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very compelling read, so well written. 1 Feb. 2012
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition
I write this review as someone who appreciates the work that the charity 'MIND' do. I can't begin to understand the feelings of a rape victim...

This isn't only a story about the horrific violation of another human by rape. It's an account of the authors journey of realisation of the attack, the mental scars and feeling of self-loathing and worthlessness that followed.

Many people suffer different traumas in their lives. For me, the book is more about overcoming trauma or even feelings of self worthlessness that may just as well come from some chemical imbalance or grief through loss of a loved one or even stress at work, talking is key.

Counselling can often be mocked, the counsellors for being in a wishy washy profession, the counselled for being 'loopy'. Counselling is underfunded in this country, it is often charity funded. It is a very important part of modern society.

I had counselling for depression, the reasons for my depression aren't relevant. It's easy, but not necessary to say the reasons don't compare to rape, but that those depressive thoughts, to the individual having them, are very dark and eat away and have the potential to destroy one's well-being.

Counselling and the love of those close to me saved me. It's easy to feel that by seeing an independent counsellor you are shutting out those close that want to help, but it's not like that. Even if you think you couldn't open up to a stranger, these professionals are either naturally or trained to be empathetic.

A counsellor can help you rebuild that self belief, they have you chanel the negative energy, face up to it and chase it away.

To Sharon I say thank you for sharing your experience. Your book discusses some dark subjects, I encourage people to read it, it's written with great style and is that compelling that I read it in two sittings, interrupted only by essential chores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read.
Not one to be missed,I would recommend this to ALL.
Well written,great to know Sharon is fighting on.
Your winning.
Published 7 months ago by Chris Hogan
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking read.
Very bravely written, you just never know what's going on in people's lives. Never judge a book by its cover.
Published 22 months ago by Susan Byrne
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking,speechless and admiration to a dear freind
This book was written by a very dear freind of mine, total respect and admiration and you will always be in my heart.xxxxxxx
Published on 31 July 2013 by louise hesketh
5.0 out of 5 stars a survivor
an amazing account of mental trauma iv been there myself come out the other end at last stay well sharon well done gal xx
Published on 20 Dec. 2012 by carol bradley
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gripping, Thought Provoking Book
Please don't be deterred by the subject matter of this book. It's an illuminating, compelling story of a fight for survival. Read more
Published on 31 Jan. 2012 by juniewal
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmingly open, honest and real.
A survivor, not a victim. A reflection on coming to terms with rape, and the far-reaching impacts of rape. Painfully, brutally, beautifully honest. Read more
Published on 21 Dec. 2011 by Gaia
5.0 out of 5 stars For better times to come....
I applaud Sharon, for finding the strength to write this book. And in doing so, face the trauma from her past, and enabling her to build a future. Read more
Published on 21 Dec. 2011 by Jim Carnochan
5.0 out of 5 stars Blunt trauma to your emotions.
This book describes in no uncertain terms the trauma and emotional upheaval felt after a victim of rape re-lives the once forgotten experience via terrifying flashbacks. Read more
Published on 19 Dec. 2011 by Alone Wolf
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