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5.0 out of 5 stars
courageous and inspiring, 22 July 2012
I started reading this book because I knew of Laurie and her work with survivors of ritual abuse. I always thought her knowledge and understanding was second to none and now I understand so much more about why that is. One thing that particularly strikes me is the unsensational way the ordinariness of the grooming process is described. The book invites the reader in through the seemingly innocent and friendly approaches of a kind uncle to a small, vulnerable and lonely child, through various stages of emotional, physical and sexual abuse to the, usually, in our society, unspoken experience of ritual abuse. It is undoubtedly chilling that people, men and women, can knowingly behave in such ways and equally chilling that people, who could make a difference, seem so reluctant to believe those who do their level best to speak out.
The abuse these children experienced knew no boundaries and, although Laurie is writing about her own experiences as a child and young woman, she brings these experiences into the present by also writing about the work she does now with people who are survivors of the same kinds of trauma.
This is a courageous book written by a courageous woman. It should be required reading for social workers, teachers and police officers...as a start.