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ISBN:
0007325169
Author:
Lisa James
Category:
Family Relationships
Language:
English
Publisher:
Harper Element (September 3, 2009)
Pages:
320 pages
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Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things to him she knew were wrong.

Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of al. t first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. By the time she was 12 he was regularly abusing her. One day, when Lisa turned 16, she.

A little girl desperate t. y Lisa James Paperback £. 9. Lisa James is married and lives with her husband and six children in the north of England. In 2005 she reported her step-father to the police and three years later, when the case came to court, he was convicted

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Mummy Knew LISA JAMES. A terrifying step-father. A mother who refused to listen

Mummy Knew LISA JAMES. A mother who refused to listen. A little girl desperate to escape. To the little girl I used to be, and the many others like her. Contents. She gave me a little silver Noddy bell for my trike and I used to drive the neighbours crazy, ringing it continuously until someone leaned out of a window and yelled at me to ‘Pack it in!’ Another of my favourite games was ‘fly away Peter, fly away Paul’. I’d sit on Nanny’s lap as she fluttered torn strips of newspaper on her index fingers, making Peter fly away as Paul came back, over and over again, until I decided I wanted her to play ‘little piggies’ on my toes instead.

At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he. .Several months later her mother told her she'd arranged for Lisa and her step-father to move into a flat together down the road. It was too much for Lisa to bear.

At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. Please don't make me, please, ' she sobbed. But her mother just ignored her. Lisa was marched around to the flat with her possessions and her nightmare was complete.

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Mummy Knew: A terrifying step-father. Country of Publication. by Lisa James (Paperback, 2009).

Written by. Lisa James. True stories of child abuse (36 items) list by Lex. Published 8 years, 2 months ago. View all Mummy Knew: A terrifying step-father. Manufacturer: Harper Element Release date: 3 September 2009 ISBN-10 : 0007325169 ISBN-13: 9780007325160.

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A terrifying step-father. Mummy’s black hair was a little bit longer than I remembered it and now she had a heavy fringe, and her eyes had big black circles drawn round them. She wore an orange dress with large hooped earrings and a long string of wooden beads. Here she is!’ said Nanny, turning round in her chair to look at me before heaving herself up with a ‘One, two, thre. op laa!’ to reach for the picture I’d drawn earlier. She handed it to me and nodded towards the lady: ‘Go on, give it to Mummy.

Four-year-old Lisa's world turned upside down when her step-father moved in. Most of the time he was just violent but then he started making her do things she knew were wrong. Soon he was visiting her at night. Lisa begged her mother for help but she just shrugged, telling Lisa he would have his way. It was the greatest betrayal of all.

At first Lisa's step-father would just make her stroke and massage his feet, hitting her if she stopped, but he soon wanted more. Much more. By the time she was 12 he was regularly abusing her. One day, when Lisa turned 16, she came home to discover that her mother had swapped bedrooms with her. 'You're my girlfriend now', her step-father told her. Lisa turned to her mother for help, but was met with a shrug. She wouldn't hear a word against her husband. 'Don't blame me,' she said. Her step-father's abuse was horrific but what completely tore her apart was knowing her mother knew and encouraged it.

Trapped and increasingly desperate, Lisa tried to find a way out. But her isolation was complete. Several months later her mother told her she'd arranged for Lisa and her step-father to move into a flat together down the road. It was too much for Lisa to bear. 'Please don't make me, please,' she sobbed. But her mother just ignored her. Lisa was marched around to the flat with her possessions and her nightmare was complete.

Alone with her step-father, Lisa's life became even more unbearable. Then one day, finally, she got the chance she'd been looking for to escape. Lisa bravely struck out on her own, petrified her mother would find her and hand her back into the waiting arms of her step-father. But Lisa's mother had no idea how determined she was to break away…

  • salivan
Mummy Knew is truly a wake up call of a book for people of the UK and the United States, and beyond. Lisa James tells her true life story of the abuse she suffered, and the journey to freedom that was just so heroic of her, yet utterly heart wrenching to read about.

As a mother, what breaks my heart the most is the prologue. In the start of this book, Lisa explains her life with her grandmother, "Nanny", and how loved and treasured she was. Up to the age of four, Lisa lived a relatively good life, knowing she was loved and well cared for. This only makes it all the more heart breaking when her life suddenly takes a turn for the worst, as she is thrust into her mother's home--a place where neglect and any affection whatsoever are completely gone, and unfortunately, a new predator has just moved in.

Lisa's mother has a new boyfriend, and he is terribly sick and corrupt of the mind. His abuse of the family starts quite early, but throughout the 20 some chapters of Lisa's book we see how her stepfather, aka "dad", continually ups the ante of abuse and sexual perversion toward his step children.

Very sadly, Lisa is the youngest of her siblings for a while, and is left behind after all the others grow up and move out of the house. Lisa is left to bear the brunt of the abuse from "dad". Everyone is Lisa's life who should have stuck up for her, failed her grossly. Her own mother is a sick woman, and sadly it's a story I've heard before: she is so broken and in need of any affection and any "love, (no matter how sick and twisted of a form it comes in) that she allows a monster into their home and knowingly allows him to abuse her own children--both physically and sexually.

SPOILER ALERT! Spoilers follow, so please don't read any further if you wish to be unspoiled by this tragic book...

We watch as Lisa grows from an innocent, and well loved (by "Nanny") 4-year-old child and into a young adult. She is abused one way or another the entire time. Her "dad", actually her stepfather, is a sick, twisted person. He obviously must have had an incredibly corrupt childhood himself. I say this not to gain him any sympathy, but to point out the lesson we learn from this book: that child abuse MUST be stopped. Because the abused will either become very broken adults, or at the very worst, go onto abuse themselves. As functioning adults in this world, we OWE it to the children to keep watch and report any abuse we see. Not only for the children involved, but on behalf of the adults they will someday become, and the children they will someday raise.

Her "dad" is, in my opinion after reading this book, a sex addict. I would call him a pig, but I actually don't think that pigs deserve to be categorized in the same way as this person. He is a monster, the most selfish person you could possibly imagine. Under his abuse, Lisa endured the most disgusting, horrific abuse I have ever read of. (And this is not my first "misery lit", though I hate when it is labeled as such. I've read "A Child Called It" and many others, but Lisa's story hit a nerve in me that no other book as ever struck.)

So, this disgusting, perverted sex addict had little Lisa in his grips for many years. Sadly, so many people around her failed Lisa. Her own mother, the person who should protect her the very most, failed her so severely that it was heartbreaking to read about. Her mother not only witnessed the abuse, she seemed to blame Lisa for what happened to her. A sort of sick, disgusting jealousy formed in her mother, upset that her husband would prefer her daughter over herself, as if her daughter wanted that sort of attention! Sadly, her mother had the power the entire time to put an end to the abuse of her children, but she was too broken and too sick of a person to ever stand up for her children. She should be ashamed, whoever she is, and where ever she is, that she did not protect Lisa and her siblings--though Lisa clearly bore the worst of the abuse.

He is vile, and twisted, and sick, and pathetic. Everything Lisa's stepfather does to her is grotesque, and I found myself in tears just wanting (especially as a mother of two daughters) to just scoop her up in my arms and rock her and tell her how loved she is. Lisa is heroically strong, however, though she never seems to tout this or brag about herself in the book (which lends to her believability in my opinion). Lisa is a survivor, but not a bragger. This book makes her raw and vulnerable, and yet she tells her own heartbreaking story anyway. She is a hero in my eyes.

Everyone in Lisa's life fails her, her mother, her siblings, even her beloved "Nanny" and aunt Jenny. Nanny clearly loved Lisa, and Lisa adored Nanny, but there was a part of me even disgusted with Nanny and her lack of action in this case. Instead of reporting what she knew, even in an err of caution, to the child protective services or the equivalent in the UK, Nanny withheld action. I was angry at her because I worried she had avoided speaking out in fear that if authorities got involved that she might not have had any more contact with Lisa. But even then, Lisa would have been far better off with a horrible, angry foster home than she was with her own stepdad and sick mother. Nanny, in this way, was selfish, I think. She should, and could have, alerted authorities much earlier.

Also her teachers, for as much as Lisa missed school---WHY WHY WHY did no one question what was going on? I've read many child abuse books, many "misery lit" stories, as they are called, never before have I been so appalled at the lack of involvement by the authorities.

Then, there are Lisa's siblings, who at times tried to help, but really also turned a blind eye to the abuse that went on right below their noses the entire time. On one hand I feel badly for them that they were so messed up, on the other hand, I wonder why no one cared enough to make sure Lisa was okay.

The end of this story, however, is a happy enough one. Lisa, I'm so happy to report, went on with her life to find happiness in motherhood. It sounds as if she gives her children the world, and what she never had. God bless her for that! She is strong, she rises above in the end, she seeks justice for herself, and you cannot help but cheer her on for her bravery and determination.

While her "dad" never got the punishment he truly deserved (I believe he will someday), she took a stand against him in court anyway. The last few chapters of this book are heartbreaking, yet so satisfying and wonderful at the same time.

Finally, a few reviewers here have questioned the validity of Lisa's story. I will say, I found this book to be very believable. I also find myself interested in Lisa James, though when I search to find out more about her, there is very little to be found. Not only is this a common name, I think the fact that his author has not craved or shown up in the spotlight, proves to an extent that she did not write this for attention. Her website is shut down, her blog is gone. There are no interviews or blogs to follow any more. Lisa, clearly, values her and her family's privacy. These are not the actions of someone who makes up stories for attention, nor do I think such a detailed story could have simply been made up.

Lisa's story is complex and difficult to work through, she does not portray it as if she is proud of it, instead, I think the best thing we can take from Lisa's story is to protect our children!

Lisa's book is a humbling, heartbreaking reminder that children need us adults to be their voices. We need to pay attention to their hurt and the things they are too young to understand. We need to be strong, brave, and heroes of those who are too young to know what is happening and what to do with it. For the USA, there are organizations such as CASA where anyone can volunteer to be an advocate for a child who cannot typically defend themselves. Foster families are always needed. But also, if you suspect strange things, an abundance of fights and domestic disturbances from neighbors, or children who seem neglected in any way--be their hero! Stand up for them! Report what you see. Lisa's story should not be in vain, it is a reminder to us to speak for the children who cannot speak for themselves. I'd rather be embarrassed by a false alarm than to miss out on an opportunity to speak up for a child who is enduring the horrible things that Lisa (didn't have to) did. Read this book, be strong, and love the children.
  • SoSok
I was abused as a child and this was so hard to read. I had to put it down several times but hoping help was around the corner, I'd pick it up again. I cried through a lot of it and held in emotions when I was someone else's company. I feel that, although my abuser had his day in court, that justice wasn't served and have nightmares and bad days as an adult. Shame on anyone thinking this is child porn, they are probably sexual predators themselves. The shame is real even though we have nothing to be a ashamed of. I have told people close to me that I was abused but would never dream of telling details, and for that, I think Lisa Is so brave.
  • Dorilune
Reading this book made me so mad. I don't which person to be mad at. The terrible mother or her sisters. The bad stepfather should of gotten more years in prison. Her sisters should of testify for her. To save their mother. Because she finely came to her senses. Really? !
The bad mom put this monster ahead of her kids, her family. And Lisa sisters don't want to help her because they want to protect their mom. Omg. The mom should of paid for her part in this monster crime. This family is so messed up!
Lisa is the only normal one.God bless Lisa. She is a hero!
  • Kekinos
I bought the kindle version of this book last night and couldn't stop reading it, this book takes you places you don't want to go ,I felt so sorry for this little girl who had to endure so much from such a young age .But the part that stood out to me was the stepfather and Mother especially the Mother,she was meant to protect her child from monsters instead she encouraged the abuse treating it like one big joke and turning the other way acting as if Lisa wanted it ,she does not deserve to be called a mother . Most mothers would go postal on anyone abusing their children .I sincerely hope British prisons are like American prisons and when the inmates had found out what the stepfather was in for they let him have it. I also didn't like the way the police dismissed her case ( at first) claiming because she was sixteen ( legally an adult in England back then) it wasn't rape , thank god she told the Phoenix organization who helped take her case to court and they were able to get a conviction . Both these people are the lowest of the low and I could only hope somewhere along the years ,they realise what monsters they were and beg not only Lisa's forgiveness ,but God's too .By the way does anyone know what happened to the Mother ?,she was as much to blame as the stepdad .
  • SiIеnt
I don't even know where to began . This story is amazing but very raw truthful . Lisa holds nothing back when telling her heartbreaking nightmare of a childhood story. I really enjoy when a writer catches my attention like. Lisa did . Normally it takes me a few days to get threw a book of this size however I started this book Friday night . Did not put it down until I was done Saturday night . The things this child had to go threw is horrific. Yet in the end she comes out on top . I to am a survivor but this book made me thankful I did not have to endure the violence she did as well as the sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is devastating to a child and takes years for some children to overcome it as adults. Lisa endured so much more for years. Thank you Lisa for having the courage to tell the truth This is a must read.