Abandoned: The True Story of A Little Girl Who Didn't Belong

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HarperCollins Publishers Limited, 2007 - Adult child sexual abuse victims - 320 pages
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This heartbreaking story is about how one woman finally overcame her traumatic childhood and adult homelessness to find a place she could call home. 'Abandoned' tells the heartbreaking story of a little girl's abusive childhood and her subsequent homelessness as an adult. Born illegitimately to Irish lovers, Anya was given away by her real mother and brought up in England by her loving aunt. However, her childhood with her new family was far from happy -- verbally and sexually abused for years, Anya finally cracked. She was only 11 years old. Then, a few weeks after her violent uncle was taken away by the police for questioning, Anya lost her whole family overnight. They didn't die, although they might as well have done; they just went away, abandoning her.

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About the author (2007)

During a 9-month spell of homelessness, Anya started to describe her experiences by accessing the internet in her local library and writing an online journal. Her blog soon built up a regular readership and helped raise awareness of the issue of the 'hidden homeless'. Anya now lives in rented accommodation

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