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. She ran, and at age 11 hit the streets...more
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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
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
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?).
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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
Much as the book SLEEPERS held my attention with the horrors that adults can inflict on children. I didn't know whether to throw it or wrap it up safely.
Anger at those who harmed her, happiness that she survived everything she went through, I found myself wanting to give comfort to a stranger who had inspired me with her story of astounding abuse and devastation, more importantly Survival.
This was an amazing book, albeit dark an powerfully emotiona...more
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.
It is beautifully written and very sad at times but gives you a real insight to what it is like to suffer
horrific child abuse and then live on the streets of Sydney back in the 1960's as and 11 year old girl.
What this girl goes through is beyond words.
It took real courage to write this book. As with life, endings can be unpredictable. I look forward to the continuing story.