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Publisher Description

Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn't have survived. With them, he went on to spend his life fighting child abuse.

Joe was just five years old and the horrific scene literally struck him dumb. He didn't speak for four and a half years, which meant he was unable to ask anyone for help as his life turned into a living hell.

His schizophrenic mother and two of his older brothers spent the following years beating him, raping him and locking him in the cellar at the family home. Fed on scraps that he was forced to lick from the floor, he was sometimes left naked in the dark for three days without human contact.

Unable to read or write, all Joe could do to communicate his suffering was draw pictures.

The violence and sexual abuse grew in severity as more people, including his stepfather, were invited to use him in any way they chose.

The only thing that saved Joe was the kindness of his elder brother and his only school friend, both of whom showed him that love was possible even in the darkest of situations.

At fourteen he finally found the courage to run away, hiding in a hut by a railway line, fed on scraps by some local children who found him.

Joe's is the ultimate insider's story, casting light into the darkest of hidden worlds, and a truly inspirational account of how one small boy found the strength to overcome almost impossible odds and become a remarkable man. Now that he has found his voice again, Joe speaks out against child abuse and helps support and protect other children whose lives have been blighted by it.

About the author

Now thirty four years old, Joe Peters survived a horrific childhood to bring up five children of his own, some of whom had special needs. He has set up a service on the internet to help children like himself to find assistance and is a spokesman on behalf of all abused children, particularly those who fall into the hands of the organised criminals who create internet pornography.

GENRE
Non-Fiction
RELEASED
2009
January 26
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
304
Pages
PUBLISHER
HarperElement
SIZE
505.7
KB

Customer Reviews

Aysh_xo ,

Couldn’t put it down

One of the saddest books I’ve ever read! I finished it within a few days as I just couldn’t put it down! What an incredible human being Joe is x

Cleyderossana ,

Great book

I read this book when i was in secondary school. Very emotional and disturbing. This book lead me to read more of the genre.

Karys12345 ,

Cry silent tears

Unbelievable story. I have read so many stories similar to this one and but I have never read anything to this extent, absolutely heart breaking. I'm so glad the little boy in the book eventually found happiness and peace in life.

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