Did you hear a child screaming again last night? Did you ignore the sound?
In your own neighborhood, children are being given an education. They are learning the facts of child abuse: pain and suffering that will shape their futures. Except many of them won't have futures at all.
Meet Stacey. She graduated Child Abuse 101 with honors...more
The years that Stacey endured will be forever etched on her mind, and the fact that she managed to escape the horror at age 11 is a credit to her. But the streets of Sydney weren't a lot better; she was 'free' but she had no money, she could trust no-one, she ate very little, slept very little, as she had to keep her guard up all the time....more
Talking of suicide, you can see those chairs of the title emptying...more
It’s an autobiographical story, written under a pseudonym, which reveals how a 3 year old was subjected to gross sexual abuses at the behest of her own mother, and forced to continue servicing visito...more
Empty Chairs is not an easy story to read but it is very well written. I f...more
This book is tough to read because it doesn't sugar coat the agony of abuse, but it does show you what the human spirit can overcome.
My only complaint with the book is just as we were learning about Stacey's journey, the book ended. I would have liked to have learned a little bit more about her life.
When I began reading Empty Chairs by Stacey Danson I was completely unprepared for what I would find. If it were a novel, I would have put it down. The matter-of-fact narration depicting extreme sexual exploitation of a small child by her mother turned my stomach. But Empty Chairs isn't a novel. It is Stacy Danson's life story. I read on through tears; my heart filled with horror, sympathy, and anger. But I read on.
In her superbly written auto-biography, the author unfolds a vision of hell that...more
At first this story sickened me, not because of content but because I’m a mother. There is more kindness shown by strangers then flesh and blood in this story. I look at my daughter, at five and s...more
This book is not for the faint of heart. I was taken aback since the very third paragraph. I have read a couple of books on this topic but never felt what I felt while reading this book. I was enraged and not sure at whom (Gwen or the perverts?).
If you can stomach reading about a 5-year old girl being abused (from all sides and forms) then by all means read the book. But if the very thought of child molestation infuriates and...more
It is natural to expect that an account of this type would be driven by bitterness and revenge but the author man...more
Then I read Empty Chair by Stacey Danson.
When I read A Child Called It, I couldn’t believe that the narrator was only the third worst case of abuse in the area. What could be worse, I wondered.
Reading Empty Chairs gave me the a...more
Remarkable. The absolute hell this woman experienced as a child is horrific. Words are inadequate to describe her childhood, yet I tried. I have never, ever, read or heard of a more hellish childhood. Thankfully, she escaped and lived in freedom on the streets of Australia. Yes, it was freedom compared to her hell. Yet it was, and is, her courage, spirit, and absolute unwillingness to give up that makes this more than a story of child...more
Empty Chairs is, as the subtitle says, “much more than a story about child abuse.” It is about the resilience and triumph of a girl whose street name was “Sassy”, who not only survived the horror of sexual abuse and her mother’s sadism, but s...more
There are times that it is hard for me to believe that things like this still go on and still happen. When are we...more
This is a riveting, unforgettable account of the tragic early life of one hell of a brave and resourceful girl.
The shelves are bulging with memoirs of people who've recovered from abuse, addiction, alcoholism, all manner of horrors. None of them can touch Danson's well-told tale of survival.
I look forward to the next segment of this remarkable life story.