Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal

  • by Sarah Wilson
  • Narrated by Chloe Massey
  • 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The shocking first true account from one of the young girls who lived through and survived the Rotherham sex abuse scandal.
In the summer of 2014, the Rotherham sex abuse scandal sent shockwaves through the nation. A report revealed that since the 1990s, up to 1,400 young girls in the town had been regularly abused by sex gangs, predominantly comprised of Pakistani men. As the media descended on the small Yorkshire town, Sarah Wilson watched with horror and relief as her voice was finally heard after years of abuse.
Sarah was just 11 years old when she was befriended by a group of older men. Bullied at school, naive and vulnerable, the gifts and attention they lavished on her were what she craved; she just wanted to belong. But soon she was hooked on alcohol and drugs, and then they owned her.
She was just 12 years old when she was bundled into a car by a man in his 30s and forced to have sex with him. Soon the gang were driving her to places where she was raped by scores of men. Falling through the system, from social services to school, no one was able to help her. She escaped when she became too old for the men at nearly 16.
Finally a victim of the Rotherham scandal tells her story in the hope that other young girls will not fall prey to the same evil that she endured.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Horror Story and shocking to think this happened in modern day Britain.

This was not a story I had heard about in Australia although I had heard the case of the first white honour killing so doubly shocking that such horror was experienced by this one family.

The story was personal, sensitive and without prejudice that in itself highlights the remarkable nature and strength of this survivor and her mum and sister.

The narrator did a fantastic job of telling this true event through the eyes of the author who had to experience this awful abuse at such a young age.
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- Beau Henry Sheppard

Too much sordid detail, repetitious, frustrating

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I kept fast forwarding, to find yet another chapter of sad, miserable subject matter and daily diary like writing style....ugh.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Abridge (trim it down by 1/2 - at least for audio)

What three words best describe Chloe Massey’s performance?

Somber as subject

Do you think Violated: A shocking and harrowing survival story from the notorious Rotherham abuse scandal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Perhaps if written/edited by an experienced "true crime" type author and or editor.

Any additional comments?

Depressing, frustrating, boring. Sensitive people may want to avoid this drawn out , sad, hopeless, helpless and depressing story.

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- QiQi

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-16-2015
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited