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Punished: A mother's cruelty. A daughter's survival. A secret that couldn't be told. [Format Kindle]

Vanessa Steel

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‘Punished’ is the inspiring true story of an unusual little girl, Vanessa, whose childhood was devastated by torture and abuse at the hands of her sadistic mother. Vanessa was nearly destroyed until she discovered a secret that ultimately saved her life.

From the age of 3, Vanessa lived in daily terror of her mother's unpredictable rage. If she was 'naughty', her mother would lash out at her – with beatings, torture, starvation and making Vanessa sleep in their garden's pigsty, tied up like an animal. Her mother said her punishments were God's revenge on her for being the devil's child. Her father lived in denial of her suffering.

When she was 6 years old, Vanessa's grandfather began to sexually abuse her – to her despair, aided and abetted by both her mother and grandmother. At eight years old, she then discovered that the 'mother' who hated her so much had adopted her as a baby and would never love her as her own.

At the most horrific times of Vanessa's abuse, she nearly lost all hope that she would escape her prison, until mysterious things started to happen to her that allowed her to fight back.

This is the story of how Vanessa survived a childhood that nearly destroyed her and how her secret led her out of the horrors of her past.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1345 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 339 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0007256817
  • Editeur : Harper Element (2 février 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002URYQ6A
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41 internautes sur 46 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Well written 13 octobre 2011
Par Leta Martin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Anyone who doesn't realize that child abuse can be horrific, needs to read this book. It is shocking the depths some families sink to, and memoirs like this show why neighbors, schools and doctors need to report suspected cases and laws need to be enforced. But in spite of all that happened to her, she was able to take in the love that her paternal grandparents had for her and not become an abuser when she became a parent. I suspect she was correct in her theory of why her mother hated her.
The kindle verion of this book was very well written, the grammar was correct and few or no typos.
16 internautes sur 17 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great Book! 17 décembre 2012
Par Rose Afshar - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I've read this book 2x now, and I still think it is an amazing memoir. I guess I have a strong stomach because it wasn't a difficult read for me. It was actually difficult for me to put the book down! I'm very happy that Steel was able to FINALLY have the life she deserves after everything she has been through, but I still can't understand how she can just move on with her life and still talk to those who abused her and let her down. I realize that in the time period this was set it, things like that would be shameful to talk about, but still...I have a difficult time accepting it.

I read almost all of the terrible reviews and saw that most people seem to think something is wrong with her mentioning her psychic abilities...I'm not sure why though. One person even said she would never have bought the book if she had known. As a young child she was badly abused mentally and physically, so how is it surprising she speaks of instances where she has an out-of-body experience? I know I have had moments like that when I have fallen off of a horse or had something frightening happen, so it is perfectly plausible that she experienced the same thing, but more intense. I don't think there is anything wrong with her mentioning any of this, I feel it only adds to the story of her horror, making it seem as if her mother literally drove her insane (although, I don't think that was the case). I really enjoyed this book a great deal, but it bothers me that NO ONE really tried to help her get away even though they knew something was going on...perhaps if it were a different time, her childhood could have been salvaged.
I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone!
14 internautes sur 15 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Engrossing in a sad way... 22 mars 2012
Par kittyboxers - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This is one book I read through in a single day. It was terribly sad, but also terribly all too real. There are people in the world like Vanessa's evil step mother, and their victims all too often cover up the horror and dread they face each day, fearing an even greater punishment if they tell anyone. And worse, when they do break their silence, they are not believed by the very people who should protect them. I'm glad Vanessa found happiness at last, although she did take care of her insane step mother til the end and even facing death, this crazy evil woman would not give Vanessa the answers she sought. This book is a testament to the will of the human spirit to survive.

I had to wonder, however, if the memories of foretelling the future weren't Vanessa's rewriting of her memory (not intentionally) and the zoning out in a daze sounded like disassociation to me - a precursor sometimes to multiple personalities. The visions and imaginary companions were a little schizophrenic. Not denying that premonitions and communication with spirits do exist, however, the human mind will conjure up whatever it has to to survive. It would be understandable, under the circumstances, if this is how she dealt with things, to keep her sanity (sort of).

None of that matters, however, as this book is a great look inside the more dysfunctional of families (although I'd faint if I met a *functional* family.) I'm a RN who works with families in crisis when all the secrets and skeletons fall out of the closet and you have to wonder if these people are putting you on. Sadly they are not. This sort of thing does exist and happens more often than you'd think.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Punished - A Review 3 mars 2012
Par Star LaBranche - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The book Punished: A mother's cruelty. A daughter's survival. A secret that couldn't be told. by Vanessa Steel is frightfully deceptive. While it markets itself like an abused child's survivor story it manages to become a subtle book-length commercial for a self-proclaimed psychic medium. With some questionable writing and odd layout Punished is best left on the shelf.

Usually, survivor stories have a few basic elements. First off, an account of the abuse. Punished graciously exceeds this requirement with its full retelling of the cruelty the narrator endured as a child, going back to when she was only three years old. One has to wonder just how much dramatic license was taken in recounting these memories. The book states them as very vivid and far too detailed for a child that young to remember.

Secondly, a survivor story usually takes the reader through the narrator's entire lifetime until the book was written. Punished spans Steel's youngest memories until just after she turns 18. There is a brief epilogue explaining what happened after that, but it's far too short and doesn't contain any information regarding how Steel was able to move past the abuse she suffered or how she came to terms with her childhood. This presents another problem, as survivor stories are usually stories of hope and overcoming seemingly-insurmountable odds to become a productive and fulfilled member of society. Steel's ending message is one of self-absorption and not one of hope.

Additionally, most survivors, in some way, confront their abusers or use their books to send a final message regarding what happened to them. Steel never confronts her mother, her greatest tormentor, about the abuse. Nor does she ever really send a message about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her grandfather, who died when she was a teenager. Steel does ask her mother about her paternity in the end of the book, but doesn't push the issue once her mother makes it clear she has no interest in telling Steel the truth.

The most bizarre part of the book is Steel's alleged psychic ability. When she was a child, Steel claims she heard voices in her head. Of course, this would make the average reader think that she was suffering from some kind of identity disorder or possibly schizophrenia due to the abuse or a mental illness. However, Steel goes on to claim that these voices are spirits. She also claims to be able to communicate with the spirits of those who have passed on, both seeing and hearing them, and that she predicted the Kennedy assassination, among other things.

This, of course, leaves one to wonder that if Steel actually has the abilities she claims to have, why doesn't she take James Randi's Million Dollar Challenge, win the money and start a charity to help abused children? Oh wait, because psychic ability has never been scientifically proven. Ever. To her credit, Steel does list on her website that any consultation with her should be considered entertainment or experiment.

Another strange element of the book is Steel's religious convictions. Steel states that her mother used religion as part of the abuse. Her mother tells her that God hates her, that Jesus sees her doing naughty things that she didn't even do and demands that she be punished. Even with all of this negative reinforcement, Steel emerges so religious that she views being a nun as her ultimate career goal. She never really explains how she went from believing Jesus finds her to be an ugly, horrible person to believing anything else. Although, Jesus doesn't seem to guide all of her life choices.

At the age of 17, Steel goes on a first date with a young man, then decides to have unprotected sex with him in the backseat of his car. The spirits have previously told her that she was going to have a baby girl named Samantha, so Steel finds herself overjoyed to become pregnant a few weeks later. This bizarre turn of events isn't looked back on with the wisdom and maturity of someone who realized years later that having a baby as a teenager with someone she barely knew probably wasn't the best idea. Instead, the entire section is related matter-of-factly, as if there was no other option than for this to happen.

Overall, Steel's book is readable but ultimately disappointing. It doesn't fit the standard of the usual survivor story, nor does it offer any insight or depth into the physiological workings of an abused child. With no final message to wrap up what has just been written, there's no real conclusion for the book. There are far better stories to read.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Sad that a child should ever go through this. 5 mars 2012
Par laruseca - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
This story was difficult to read and imagine the torturous life of this child without being quite angry inside. It is a miracle that she grew up and still took care of her mother when she was old. I myself would have let her rot in the nursing home.
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