I have someone in my family who sounds exactly like Reg. My uncle beat my cousins to the point of broken bones and black eyes. He also is the tightest bugger who made his children suffer, failing to provide decent meals, clothes, hygiene products including sanitary towels, toothpaste etc. Birthday and Christmas presents were household items such as kitchenware, as he drummed it into them that from their 16th birthday they must move out. This then resulted in my cousins being bullied at school. The shocking thing is he fosters for a living, but proving these facts would be near impossible. I really felt I could relate to this story, who knows maybe we all have known or heard about a family similar to this.
This book is a real eye opener to abuse of this kind. Most books on abuse subjects do not cover neglect, but this book proves that is can be devastating.
Do not shrug it aside and think that it isn't as serious as other types of abuse. Neglect is usually over a long period of time, and it is day in, day out. No chance to be a child and developing a personality in the fear of a beating, and not being supplied with love, cuddles, toys, security, decent food, hygiene products, clothes etc. Imagine being a child and living each and every day in pure fear. It beggars belief that people like this can have children.
Love to the author, thanks for sharing your story x