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Tell No One

Tell No One

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by Sarah Cooper
     
 

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When I look in the mirror now I don't see the terrified child who was systematically abused, both mentally and physically. If you passed me in the street, you wouldn't notice either. You might see the small scar on my neck that was inflicted by a knife being pressed to my throat. You might notice a lump on my left wrist where the bones didn't heal properly after it

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When I look in the mirror now I don't see the terrified child who was systematically abused, both mentally and physically. If you passed me in the street, you wouldn't notice either. You might see the small scar on my neck that was inflicted by a knife being pressed to my throat. You might notice a lump on my left wrist where the bones didn't heal properly after it was fractured. You might notice small scars on my arms where I was used as a live ashtray. But you won't see the scars that are deep inside me - the ones which take a lifetime to heal. They're ingrained in me, trapped under the surface like fish under a frozen lake, waiting for the moment when the surface cracks and they can come to life again. These mental scars are the demons that haunted me when I was at my lowest point. They came out to torment me, rearing their ugly head in the darkness. Then they would retreat again for a time, making me think I'd got over what happened to me, only to show up when I least expected it. But with every year that passed, I learnt how to handle the demons more. Every sick and twisted thing that happened in my childhood has made me into the woman I am today. I'm a survivor.

My name is Sarah and this is my story...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781477560877
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/29/2012
Pages:
148
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.34(d)

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Tell No One 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. It is a frank, open, honest account of the author's tortured childhood. It is written in such a way that you go on the journey with the author, feel her pain and eventually her triumph. Hopefully this brings awareness to Child abuse and the cracks in the system that is supposed to help and protect these children. Long are the days of looking the other way. It's time that as a community we get involved and ensure our children's safety. This is a very compelling story about a young girl who suffers almost unimaginable abuse from her mother and step father. It is not easy subject matter to read, but I agree strongly with the author that only by those who have been abused sharing the details of their stories will the rest of us learn to recognize and take action on the many "faces" that abuse can present in public. (Unkempt appearance, constant unexplained bruises, etc are common signs, but some of the others that are less visible are also important, such as the author's ravenous hunger at school because she wasn't being fed at home, etc...)  One can only hope that Sarah can eventually forgive her mother just for her own sake, so that those wounds do not fester. It is, however, encouraging to anyone who has survived painful times to read of a child who has been through so much growing into a woman who has survived, even thrived, and now has a happy marriage and children of her own.     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These kind of abuse books are very sad and desturbing. Anyone who has been abused as a child will be able to relate to the abuse that went on in this house. Sad, sad, sad.
Anonymous 5 months ago
I am a 12 year old and was abused by my babystter when i was only 3 supposibly because i cried to much i was beaten to where i had no strenght and was nearly dead i am still in a wheelchair and will not recover until 2020 because of how bad it was. It is hard to think that 13 years of your life gets taken away that easy pls support anybody you know in honor of me and the people around the world that one day ot will get better
Anonymous 12 months ago
Great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rftkfan fantastic grade A
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I just loved it. It is so sad and by the end I was in tears. I read this in about an hour and you will not believe how much i cried.
TheCerealKiller More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book -- I read it in one afternoon and evening.. This book will have you in tears (most likely more than once).  Sarah Cooper recounts her childhood with heartbreaking detail. Thanks to this book, I didn't feel so all alone, and could actually relate to someone at least during the time I was reading this. Unfortunately, this kind of abuse goes on behind closed doors more than anyone wants to believe. Thank you Sarah for opening yourself up and your painful honestly.  I know it could not have been easy reliving it but I'm sure it will help many. I highly recommend this book to anyone who suffered any kind of abuse as a child -- and to ALL others so they will recognize the signs in any child being abused so they can offer some help.