The Mind of the Individual: My Autobiography

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iUniverse, Nov 14, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 152 pages

In early 2006 after a visit to Canada to visit my sisters, I came back to England alert, confident, and able to once again reclaim my independence. I didnt know, but apparently it was common knowledge that a key to my house had been found. Or at least that is what was claimed. It had apparently been lost in the street.

I awoke one night; I had not locked the bedroom door, and there was a man standing in the room, a candle in his hand. He was standing about eight feet away, just watching me. I was terrified and realised I had to keep totally still. He knew he had woken me though and said, Im not going to hurt you; go back to sleep. My subconscious must have recognised the voice and trusted the person because I did go back to sleep. Thereafter I ensured the bedroom door was locked.

This and other instances make me realise how vulnerable I was to rape, abuse, or being murdered in the house where I lived. I later learned that the neighbours would enter my house; either by climbing in through the window or using the key which they had found.

 

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I read extracts from this book with interest, sympathy, empathy, pity, anger, concern. I am the legally fostered cousin referred to here. I refer to those years as ' the hunger years' following a discussion with Beverly after she told me tohow lucky i was because i had money coming in and they were hungry. I was legally fostered into that family. Another girl was removed from there to a mothers and baby home then children's home. She too has written her story. Denying our experiences, calling me an ungrateful liar does not change our stories. It may be Beverly's truth but it is not ours. My abuse in that home was reported but quashed by an influential family member who found me accommodation after i ran away from home in may 1972. My new book is due in a few weeks. Reading Beverly's book has encouraged me to fill in the gaps in her story. I look forward to being sued. Social services files are available. other people have borne witness to the hunger years. I too have sleepless nights. I have nightmares flashbacks talk in ny sleep relationship problems. All signs of child sexual abuse.  

Contents

Chapter Two
27
Chapter Three
45
Chapter Four
65
Chapter Five
79
Chapter Six
99
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Beverly Cuffy holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature, a post-graduate certificate in education, and a master’s degree in cultural studies. She was a lecturer and educator for over twenty years in London, England. Now retired, she lives in the Caribbean where she writes educational resources.

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