Nobody's Child

Nobody's Child

5
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Pages: 
137
£4.89
ISBN:
9781786127792
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A PLEA - FROM THE HEART

If you were to walk a mile in my shoes, you'd understand so many things, enough about life to give you the blues, at the pain that child abuse brings.
Having no-one to turn to, no-one to trust, leaves a legacy of fear and of pain. Put my sad story away if you must, but please stop it from happening again!

This is Natasha Fay's account of how she grew from an abuse victim to a survivor despite the many adversities in her life. The neglect of her own mother which enabled her abusers, an unfulfilling relationship with a distant husband, a gambling addiction typical to the destructive behavioural patterns of the abused, the tragedy of being unable to pursue her abusers for justice in the court, and discovering the failures of the agencies that could have saved her and her siblings from a childhood of abuse.

Happily, Natasha was able to end the cycle and build a successful career, and most importantly, provide a loving, secure and nurturing relationship for her own daughter.

 

Natasha Fay

Natasha
Fay

Natasha Fay overcame a life of abuse and exploitation in her childhood through strength and determination. She is a true survivor.
She lives in Tasmania, has a successful career and a daughter whom she adores. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing and the company of good friends. Nobody's Child is her brilliant debut novel.

Reviews

by
Charles - Child Protection Alliance Australia
5
“My life’s tale of sorrow, betrayal, hurt, and stealth” – Natasha Fay. Child rape and sexual abuse are among the most heinous crimes in our society, and yet are given the least attention. Research has shown that one-in- three girls and one-in-five boys suffer some form of sexual abuse during their childhood, and such rape and abuse happens in their own homes and by adult males with parenting responsibilities towards them. Less than 4% of child sexual violations are committed by stranger paedophiles, yet they are the most focussed on by the media and the public. Child rape and sexual abuse causes immense harm to children and seriously damages their emotional, psychological, and physical development. They are severely traumatised by their experiences and the memories negatively affect their adult lives and future relationships in every imaginable way. In her book Nobody’s Child, Natasha Fay recounts her childhood and early adolescent during which she was continuously subjected to rape and sexual violation by three adult males, and with the knowledge and active collusion of her own mother. Her sufferings have left her vulnerable and subject to the exploitations of other males which, in adulthood, is a problem which she is addressing with tenacity and fortitude. Natasha writes with great candour, self-awareness, and insight and painfully shares her own flaws and weaknesses left by the abuses as well as the immense strengths she has developed by her own efforts. Natasha is rightly condemnatory of those in authority such as the police, social workers, and doctors who could, and should have rescued her and made her safe from her predators but who failed to face up to their responsibilities to her and presumably many other children in similar circumstances. However, it is to Natasha’s immense credit she has sought to bring her vile assailants to face justice albeit she has again been failed by a system which is grossly inadequate and frequently incompetent in saving children from such rape and sexual violations. Even her attempts to obtain some form of financial compensation were thwarted, although money can never be an adequate redress for the emotional, psychological and physical harms she suffered. Although at one point in her life Natasha admits to trying to take her own life in her desperation and mental sufferings, she has found her own inner resources to gain strength to obtain some joy and happiness in her life, aided greatly by having her daughter Madelyn who writes: “… how lucky I am to have her (Natasha) as a Mum. She is the best mother ever…… she is just the best and most loving woman on earth” - Madelyn. There are an increasing number of victims of child rape in many parts of the world and who were violated in their own homes or in institutions such as churches and schools, and are increasingly coming forward and exposing those who have sexually abused them during their childhoods. Natasha’s story is an addition of great importance to such testimony and the exposure of those individuals who rape, abuse, and exploit children and young people. It is also an important cathartic step In Natasha’s journey from victim to survivor and wholesome person of value and worth to the world. Charles Pragnell Dip.S.W., L.R.C.C. (UK Home Office) Chairman National Child Protection Alliance of Australia and Expert Advisor on Child Protection.
by
Carol Ronken
5
Nobody’s Child is an incredibly powerful account of one woman’s journey from her first recollection of sexual abuse in the 1970s at the age of five, at the hands of a family friend, through to being targeted by her step-father and other abusers in her childhood, to her survival as a young woman. From a time when child sexual abuse was not talked about and barely acknowledged, Natasha reflects on her childhood, the cycle of abuse, the impact of her mother’s own childhood, her mother’s complicity in the abuses Natasha suffered, and the absence of protective and aware adults in her life. There are so many barriers to disclosing child sexual abuse and as Natasha talks about speaking out, the challenge of navigating our legal systems, and the long term effects on various aspects of a survivor’s life, I can’t help but think of the duty of care our families, adults in our communities, organisations, and importantly governments have towards our children. As I read Natasha’s personal story, so bravely shared, I reflect heavily on the lessons her childhood have for those of us working within the system and working to protect children from sexual harm and other forms of abuse. Natasha speaks eloquently about her relationship with her mother and the impacts that an emotionally absent, and psychologically and verbally abusive parent has on their child, including their vulnerability to harm by others. When we talk about the protective factors that impact on the resiliency of a child and ultimately serve to protect a child from harm, so many of these were missing from Natasha’s childhood. That she grew into a strong, empowered adult, able to share her story is such a testament to her, and perhaps the scattering experiences of kindness throughout the turmoil of her childhood. Honesty, pain, hurt, isolation, strength, fear and survival are themes peppered throughout this book. The harm that Natasha experienced as a child, no child should ever have to endure. Through sharing her story, through laying herself bare and allowing others to hear the impacts of the abuses perpetrated against her, Natasha is letting others know, they have nothing to be ashamed of, that they can survive, that they can thrive in life. Carol Ronken Director or Research, Bravehearts Foundation, Australia.
by
Christy
5
Fantastic book from a brave and inspiring lady. Your book shows that it doesn't matter what kind of life a person has, or what kinds of challenges they go through, they can turn their life around Best book I have read in a very long time

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