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KERI Part 3: Keri Karin (Child Abuse True Stories) [Kindle Edition]

Kat Ward
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Book Description

Back in 2011, a BBC documentary team were busy compiling testimonies from women claiming to have been sexually abused as children, by the late TV presenter, Sir Jimmy Savile. However, just days before the programme was due to air, it was cancelled; a move that not only angered those women, but further fuelled rumours of a wider conspiracy, as even after his death, it seemed that any mention of wrongdoing on the part of “Old Jimmy” would inevitably only be met by a cold, eerie silence. A silence all too familiar for his victims.

A year later, a rival TV company decided to make their own documentary concerning the Savile abuse claims. After some initial reluctance, Kat Ward agreed to speak to them. This time, the programme did air – and the story was huge.

Literally overnight, a man who was in the eyes of the British public a national institution - as harmless as afternoon tea for many - now stood accused of crimes so heinous, that a collective air of disbelief began to descend, as people struggled to reconcile the claims with his cheery image as a children’s champion and charity fundraiser.

However, over the following days, more women came forward. Any disbelief soon vanished. Within a week, the list of potential victims had soared into the hundreds. Prime Minister David Cameron sought to appease a growing public demand for the posthumous revocation of his knighthood, and the Metropolitan Police publicly acknowledged Savile as a “predatory sex offender”. No tears were shed as his gravestone was demolished.

His victims must have thought they’d never see the day.

But Kat Ward had long given up hope of justice anyway. After suffering a tormented early childhood, in which she was abused by her family, she eventually found herself shuttled between care homes and approved schools; institutions that promised a sanctuary from abuse, but all too often seemed to sponsor it.

Many decades later, and after a life marred by depression, she was persuaded by a psychiatrist to write about her experiences, in the hope that doing so might be cathartic. She obliged, and last year the first two volumes of her autobiography took literary circles by surprise, as they became international bestsellers.

And now, in this much-anticipated third volume, she recounts her early-mid teen years; no longer a small child, but a girl on the cusp of adolescence. Still traumatized by her early experiences, but not entirely without that sense of vague hope that is the inalienable property of youth.

Now at Duncroft Approved School for “emotionally disturbed girls”, her life had come to resemble that of a prisoner; a good day was a bad one and a bad day was horrific. A pattern interrupted only by the periodic visits of a certain creepy old man in a shiny tracksuit, with a pocket full of a cigars and a caravan full of demands.

There were Rolls-Royce trips to London. There were jaunts to TV studios. And, of course, for Kat, as with most of the girls, there were dreams of a brighter future. But despite all the promises, there was simply no way out. For at almost every turn, another nefarious character was waiting to take advantage of the girls that no-one would believe anyway.

Now you can read her full story here. No punches pulled; no stone left unturned. Just the truth, committed to paper over many years, in the hope that it might help inspire the brave, enlighten the misled and heal the abused…

DISCLAIMER: This is a true story of child abuse, and as such, reader discretion should be advised. Names have been changed to protect the innocent.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1736 KB
  • Publisher: Child Abuse True Stories (13 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009QEJCY6
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (238 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #26,221 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kat Ward is a survivor. Having overcome a seemingly star-crossed early life - in which she endured extreme sexual and physical abuse - she now writes professionally.

The five books in her "KERI" series - in which she lifts the lid on her tormented childhood - are top Amazon Kindle sellers, and she has also released a good-humoured and insightful account of her struggle with bowel cancer, entitled "A Life on the Toilet".

Away from the laptop, she enjoys tending to her garden (health permitting) and showering affection on her 7 "adorable" cats. She extends her heartfelt gratitude to all who've been inspired by her writing.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in a day! Could not put down 15 Oct. 2012
By Vicky M
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I have been waiting for this book to come out. I guess I am waiting for the happy ending, as I don't understand how one person could take so much. I love Kat's writing style for me it takes me there, right along with her.
I guess these books have shocked me in a way I didn't know possible.
I hope writing all this down is healing the Author as it must be so hard to revisit any memories like these!
Too the people that would of even doubted that this happened, obviously have never had any major trauma in their lives..
I am sorry I can only say that most of the time it is easier to remember the bad than the good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 27 Dec. 2012
By abi
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Having read the first book and found it absolutely addictive and couldn't put it down and was expecting much of the same. I didn't and found myself skimming the pages. I hope that part two will be the final, dragging it out make me suspicious that this is all true.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars keri-karin 16 Oct. 2012
By Mrs J.
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Once again she out did herself.Cant complain one bit as enjoyed reading every word.How she does it I have no idea.I love the fact that she captures the words with all meaning to really put you there with her.Thank you and hopefully we won't have to wait for the next book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disapointed .... 10 Sept. 2013
By Lotts21
Format:Kindle Edition
I read the first book in practically no time at all. It really was a heart wrenching book to read. I was looking forward to reading the next book to see how she came through it all. However, I am still in the process of reading the second book after quite a few weeks. What I am finding hard with it, is the repetitiveness of certain phrases used by Keri throughout the book. The main one being the amount of times Keri states something to have happened or been said `several' times, is extremely frequent as well as other phrase, such as 'I was not a little...'. I appreciate when trying to recall details of such horrendous abuse this may not be priority, however I am finding it hard to finish this book because of it. This book is also a lot more drawn out than the first, and to have now read reviews by other people who have finished the second book saying there is a third to be released, I do not know if I will take the time to read it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!! 21 Oct. 2012
By maz
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Had been waiting ages for this book, checking weekly on amazon,was a real could not put it down book & equally as good as the first!
I am not a person to ramble on about what the book is about as think this spoils the read!
It tells the story of keri journey now away from her uncaring mother & now in a childrens home.
Keri has a way with words she is so gifted she draws you in, i found myself eascaping into her world!
I was envious when she met & was kissed by Ille Nastase, i followed & watched the antics on the courts of both him & Jimmy Connors in the 70s, sadly again for Keri not all the celebtities she met had a positive outcome!!
I am now eargerly awaiting Keri-karin 2, secretly hoping there will a happy ending!!
I wish the author well in her journey, & hope writing is helping her heal.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars honest and heartbreaking! 20 Oct. 2012
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I read the story of the first 14 years of Keri's life a while back and found it fascinating but difficult to read. I was very keen to start this book as soon as it was available, particularly in view of the new revelations about Jimmy Savile and his fellow abusers which I knew featured in this account.
In the introduction, Kat explains that her story was never written to entertain others, but rather as a therapeutic outlet for herself. However, I believe she deserves to make some money from her writing, as she was denied educational opportunities while growing up, as those who read the book will discover.

What this book says to me is that children unlucky enough not to have at least one "good-enough" parent or carer while growing up face an often insurmountable struggle to survive. They are vulnerable to all sorts of abuse, and are unlikely to be listened to or believed even if they do manage to tell someone what is happening to them. I have met many such children, teenagers and adults.
To some extent things have improved in recent years - Child Protection Policies have been implemented and there is more awareness now. However, it is still the case that some things are too difficult to hear, believe or prove - and celebrities and other powerful people are very hard to challenge.

In this episode of Keri's story, detailing her time in Duncroft and Norman House, at least the all-female staff did not abuse their young charges. But staff at Duncroft House were, at least, misguided, allowing the vulnerable girls in their care to be abused by Jimmy Savile and others. And Dr Liddell should definitely be sent for retraining, not least for her prescription of lithium to a child. (I presume she has now been pensioned off, if still alive.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY 20 July 2013
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Sorry all of you, but I was at Duncroft with Keri, I. Do know who is/was who and also I feel that this is not a true reflection of the place. THERE WERE NO BARS ON THE WINDOWS. Girls did have Freedom, the member of staff she names as Miss Theobald, was not only married and a Mrs, but she was a trainee (as I understood it). Anyone would think that Bridey, (real name Bridget) Keenan was the deputy head, she was not. Girls had to buy cigarettes and in one place she mentions sleeping in a 3 bed dorm. it then changes it to a 4 bed dormitory. There was no green paint up the side stairs and the only room with green bed covers had matching rugs and had 5 beds. The corridors were most certainly not as described and I could go on to name all education staff, aswell as a lot more. It was possible to take Arithmetic, History and even Biology O'levels. If all these facts are wrong, I wonder what is correct.
This book is a good STORY, it is NOT AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY or Biographical. I would accept much of it with extreme caution as the in accuracy of much of it, leaves a lot to be desired and it has upset many ex-pupils by her descriptions.
There is a contempory photograph Keri at Duncroft, given to the Daily Mail by Margaret Jones (headmistress), it can be found on Google images, I am in this picture taken outside the education block and it was taken in 1974. Keri is the one in the long dress, chewing her fingernails. It is rare that I write anything on a public forum, but this STORY is a farce.
I do not deny that it is "fairly" well written but full of others memories and stories. Perhaps this should be remembered by those reading it as I am upset that the only photograph she 'claims' to have, actually was taken by another girl on a Polaroid camera and has 5 of us in it.
I do not wish to detract from her colourful STORY, however it is just that, a STORY.
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It is a good book . Once you read it is hard to put it down .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who can you trust?
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant and yet so very sad.
How can one person suffer so much and still stay sane. How can any mother treat her child in this way and yet lavish so much love on her other child. The woman is a monster!
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