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Broken Paperback – September 18, 2008

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About the Author

Shy Keenan founded Phoenix Survivors, an organization that campaigns for justice on behalf of victims of sexual abuse and works to rescue children at risk.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (September 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340937440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340937440
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #649,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was shocked how a sick, twisted man (if you can call him that-he's more like animal!)could treat an innocent child! I almost cried many times thinking about how hard it must have been to endure such torture and the mom is just as gulity for not believeing her and not protecting her and also abusing her by beating her too. I work with kids and am going to be even more diligent about spotting warning signs of kids being abused so more kids don't have to go through the unthinkable things these poor kids had to go through. Wonderfully written book about an amazing person who miraculously survived all of this and now is helping others not have to go through the same thing, talk about turning around bad for good, amazing!
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This book is absolutely heartbreaking. I've read a lot of books about abuse and this one, is to say the least, startling. How the author survived, I have no idea but it makes you respect her.
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This was such an emotionally written book (that affected me so deeply)that it has taken me some time to think about how to word my review.
BROKEN is a heart breaking account of YES one of the worst cases of child abuse I have ever read. I found myself horrified yet unable to stop turning the pages to find out how she survivied to even write this.
I loved the ending and knowing that "the monsters" in her life were held accountable (but not as much as they should of been). What was so sad for me was she never stopped loving the one person who should of protected her...her own mother. We see this so often in abused children, no matter how bad the abuse is, they still love and want the acceptance of the parent or loved one. Almost like the dog who is kicked and will still crawl back for more. I am happy for Shy that she was able to get past her childhood abuse and share her story with the world. I am sure that it was part of her healing process and may I say she has done a fine job and has went on to be an advocate for others. This is well written, well edited and well done! Bravo Shy!
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This is such a sad, sad story. How can any logical person think that a little 4 year old girl could want to have sex all the time? Her stepfather raped her and her younger sister every day, but when she tried to tell her mother or social worker, the stepfather said that she tries to pull his pants down and forces herself on him all the time. This is disgraceful.

This book is a very personal memoir of Shy Keenan. It is well worth reading if you can overcome the graphic content.
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"Broken" by Karen "Shy" Keenan is an incredible read. What sets this memoir apart from others of this type of genre is the attention to the stages of recovery one goes through when recovering from abuse.

Anyone who has experienced incest/sexual abuse as a child can relate to Keenan's story of surviving long past the actual abuse. Hers is a story of courage and of perseverance; and Keenan handles the telling of her story with the same strength she used to survive her childhood. One cannot help but feel empowered after reading how Keenan pulled through the hell of her childhood.

Most memoirs are written to encourage, to teach and to inspire others who may be struggling with like situations, "Broken" does all of these. Keenan asks for no pity, sympathy or praise for overcoming her ordeal, but merely for readers, government agencies and all others to listen to and to protect children from predators of all kinds.
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This is a book you cant put down, sometimes you may need to take a break because it is such a heart breaking story. It is hard to imagen a child going thru what Shy went through. This book goes to show you, just because you have a horrible child hood it is really up to you how you live your life once out of the situation. If Shy can become a person of admeration and strength anyone can.
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I found this story terribly disturbing. I also found I could not stop reading it until I had read the whole book in one session. As a man who finds this behavior appalling, I find myself wanting to apologize to and help anyone who was abused by a man. Anyone who treats a child(or an adult) in the way written in this book should be eliminated immediately - there is absolutely no place on this earth where this behavior is acceptable.

I am a 54 year old male and I found myself with tears in my eyes often while reading this horrible story. It made me very upset and very sad. To think that this could happen to such an extent(or at all) is just incredible, and really terrible.

I think that everyone should read this book - first, to put into perspective ones own life and second, to remind us that all of our actions have consequences. What I mean is this: I was not abused during my upbringing, and I have never abused anyone either. But what came to my mind is that I have certainly over looked events that I should have investigated or reported. None of these events were anything horrible as Shy went through, but they were events that may have had an adverse effect on someone. And I did nothing. I am sad and ashamed of myself now.

I know I am a bit off topic here, this book was about child abuse, but I just wanted to say that reading this book has changed the way I look at events that happen in my every day life. I hope I will never again ignore any sign of a problem.
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