I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.What Nobody Knew by Amelia Hendrey
Published by I_AM Self-Publishing on November 27, 2017
Genres: Biography & Autobiography, General
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My story begins aged 3, when my mother abandoned me and left me with my brutal father to raise me. Nobody knew the secrets that went on inside that house, or the journey that I travelled on after leaving it, until now. This is the story of my survival.
What do you do when no one wants you?
How many people need to destroy a child until that child wants to destroy herself?
What if social services always got told a different story?
What would you do if you were in my position?
Survival is key.
I normally do not read a lot of nonfiction, but every once in a while there will be a book that just grabs my attention calling me to read it. What Nobody Knew is one such book. I may not have any children, but I love children and books like this one really anger and sadden me. Amelia Hendrey pens a heart wrenching and devastating true life account of the suffering inflicted by the hands of a parent.
Amelia, abandoned by her mother when she was three years old, is sent to live with her physically and emotionally abusive father. Her father along with her stepmother beat Amelia and terrorized her all throughout her childhood. She was neglected and alone for most of her life. Amelia’s father was a nasty, nasty alcoholic. He would come home after the pub and beat his own daughter to the point where she had to be hospitalized. Her father threatened her to never tell anyone what he did to her or else she would be sorry. I can’t understand how a hospital can see the bruises, her jaw wired shut and just think it was an accident. Why did the hospital not call family services? Why did they just do nothing?
Also, Child Protective Services did get involved and they knew their were issues with Amelia, but still she was sent home with her father time and time again where the abuse just kept continuing and escalating. Shame on Child Protective Services for NOT doing their job! I know CPS is overworked and underpaid, but this is a child’s life you have in your hands. A child that should be nurtured and loved, not abused by a sick parent. This situation should have been fully investigated more so than what it was.
The only reprieve Amelia ever received is when she was sent away to a school for emotionally challenged girls. Here, for the first time, she was able to thrive, learn and make a friend. But, when she was sent back home during vacation, Amelia still suffered the abuse from her father.
I can’t believe neighbors did not call the police or family services. They obviously knew what was going on. Why did no one step in and help. Why did they just let it continue? Do most people just not care what happens to others anymore? When did people become so heartless?
Personally, I had a very hard time reading Amelia’s story and many times I had to put the book down because I found myself completely frustrated over the lack of help that was offered to her and the complete ignorance of adults who did nothing.
The following is just my personal opinion and it is an opinion I feel very strongly about. Not many may agree with it either. I believe that a parent who can do this to his/her own child does not deserve to live at all. You should suffer at the hands of another until your life is taken from you. You don’t get to eat three square meals a day and watch television in prison. You lost that right the first time you laid your hands on an innocent child. You’re life should end immediately. Maybe I am harsh, but I don’t think someone who abuses children should be treated like a human being. They are the worst kind of animal ever. Not even an animal…they are a monster.
Amelia Hendrey is an inspiration to adults and other children who have been abused or are still being abused today. She shows us that we should all take a stand. Don’t let what happened to her happen to someone else. Amelia is extremely brave to tell her story and I can see how courageous she is to let us all into her world. Thank you for telling us your story.
Trigger Warning: Emotional and physical abuse, neglect, rape