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Shame: Abuse in the Justice System
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I purchased the eBook format of Shame: Abuse In The Justice System on July 16, 2016. This isn’t the normal book of choice for me, I like to stick with fiction but I decided to explore something different. I have read non-fiction memoirs before but never, ever have I experienced a story that would provoke feelings as I did with this real-life true account of a young man, his family and his journey into adult hood. I was blown away by the abuse and neglect that this young man and his siblings experienced at the hand of his mother and the pure neglect that was shown by his father.
This man struggled through his entire life, each time he thought he was out of the system it was as if fate would deal a card and pull him back into disdain and despair. The justice system is definitely flawed, but to read this book and learn of such things that had really happened inside and out of the “system” is appalling. These things still happen to this day. It is a sad but it is truth.
I was unable to put this book down. I had to finish it and discover if he ever made it out of the system, if he would ever be able to have the life that he so desperately desired and prayed for.
I would highly recommend this book! Age Recommendation: 16+ and up. Due to some highly disturbing written imagery, I would suggest discretion when it comes to the younger reader, but this book could help some younger audiences cope with issues that may relate to this book.
Overall, I am giving this book a HUGE 5 STAR review! Congratulations to the author of this book and thank you for sharing “Shame” with us!
Margaret A. Daly
Author of Dusgadh: Essence of Life
God bless you and your family.
I finished reading Shame at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week, and I can truly say it’s a book that a lot of people should read. A book that could educate a lot of people.
It’s not the best book in the world, but it tells the story of how one man, physically abused by his mother for years, and raped continuously by a (I think) civilian instructor at a detention centre sinks into a depression that lasts for decades.
This is a hard-hitting book. This man could possibly deal with being raped, but what he can’t deal with is the fact that he didn’t fight back. That he allowed it to happen because a) he felt he’d get into even more trouble in the detention centre if he created a fuss, and b) because he just wanted to shut his mind to it and get it over and done with it.
But it isn’t over and done with. It plagues him for years. He turns to drink, drugs and violence and through it all is determined to be a good father and protect his own family.
It’s a story told from the heart, yet there are still memories buried deep down that he can’t bring himself to share with anyone.
The book stays with you long after you’ve finished it, for it got me thinking how judgmental I can often be about other people when I don’t even know their stories. This was a brave book to write, a very brave book to write, and I truly believe that Ray Poar (or Phil Thomas) has done the world a service by sharing his brutal, challenging and thought-provoking story.
Here’s hoping he finds the peace of mind and sanity that every human being deserves.
It doesn't wallow in self-pity or woe-is-me. It's an openly honest and brave account of misjudgement, bad luck, rebellion, abuse, strength and justice.
Well written and structured like fiction making it a compelling read and although it's a terrible tale of life growing up in the Northwest of England, in the 70s era, it ends with such a satisfying conclusion that you will not be disappointed.
This should be made into a TV film at least.