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  • By: Sarah Wilson
  • Narrated by: Chloe Massey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (424 ratings)

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Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal

By: Sarah Wilson
Narrated by: Chloe Massey
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Summary

The shocking first true account from one of the young girls who lived through and survived the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.

In the summer of 2014, the Rotherham sex abuse scandal sent shockwaves through the nation. A report revealed that since the 1990s, up to 1,400 young girls in the town had been regularly abused by sex gangs, predominantly comprised of Pakistani men. As the media descended on the small Yorkshire town, Sarah Wilson watched with horror and relief as her voice was finally heard after years of abuse.

Sarah was just 11 years old when she was befriended by a group of older men. Bullied at school, naive and vulnerable, the gifts and attention they lavished on her were what she craved; she just wanted to belong. But soon she was hooked on alcohol and drugs, and then they owned her.

She was just 12 years old when she was bundled into a car by a man in his 30s and forced to have sex with him. Soon the gang were driving her to places where she was raped by scores of men. Falling through the system, from social services to school, no one was able to help her. She escaped when she became too old for the men at nearly 16.

Finally a victim of the Rotherham scandal tells her story in the hope that other young girls will not fall prey to the same evil that she endured.

©2015 Sarah Wilson (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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Powerful and shocking

An extraordinary and compelling book, but tough and painful to listen to.
The details of what the author endured during her youth in Rotherham is presented with heart breaking honesty and candour. It's quite amazing she has had the strength to write this book, but vital that she did.



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The exploitation and rape of vulnerable girls

The people that Sarah Wilson thought were her friends actually had not the slightest regard for her or for all their other victims. This is the story of how she was tricked, and the terrible consequences. It's an important book because this is happening on a huge scale in many cities and many of the people who ought to care are actually denying it.

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It's necessary that this story is heard

We all need to learn the lessons from this story, Muslims attitude towards white people is the reason this got as bad as it did

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absolutely fantastic very harrowing

so shocking to think that this happened
fantastic read very sad in lots of places 10 out of 10 for the narrator and writer

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Amazing lady ❤

where can anyone start with this.Absolutley horrified to hear first hand what was going off in my home town .How terrible for a child to be pulled in to such a horrible situation & to be groomed by sick perverted men. Nobody should have to ever endure something as so discusting as this.What an amazing & inspiring young lady to have lost so much & the pain she & others endured but in other ways to have gained so much more.Just a totally amazing person!

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Shocking

As a resident of Rotherham myself I was shocked when the scale of the abuse was released in the press. I lived in the town centre for a while and you did used to see odd goings on. Some of the girls my age at the time seemed more interested in the older guys. They were brainwashed into thinking this was normal and enjoyable by their abusers. Even me and my friends as young lads were brainwashed into thinking that older gents from Pakistani or white race were preferred by the girls and that this was just normal wants and needs......Sarah tells the story of the most horrific experiences in a way that really tugs at your emotions. She is so brave and a credit to herself and her family. Showing the strength and fight she has after all that and willing to live a wholesome life turning negatives into positives is admirable

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incredibly written and told

I was hooked from the word go. As an adult man I was keen to understand the psychology and mode of grooming. Thank you Sarah for telling me your remarkable story and I am so pleased that you were able to recover. I never appreciated the abbhorent scale of these crimes. This story felt honest and personal. Your mother is a HERO!

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Amazing, Honest and Factual

Amazing story of incredible courage within a society that has failed her.
The story was well written compelling from start to finish. The biggest shocks accured not when hearing the facts but when reality set in a split second after that this "actually happened to someone".

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an incredibly honest account of horrific abuse.

Well done to the author for being so incredibly brave to put onto paper what she has been through. The narrator is brilliant too. Will definitely look for more books read by her.

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Too long could have been shorter

Would you recommend Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal to your friends? Why or why not?

Too much not relevant to the scandal.

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Found accent difficult to listen to for any length of time

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do not like writing much as do not want to spoil story for others

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