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Forgotten: The Heartrending Story of Life in a Children's Home Paperback – Unabridged, 7 November 2008
Les Cummings was three when he was sent to the Children's Cottage Homes in Portsmouth. A traumatised little boy, he dreamed his mother would come back for him. She never did. Instead he fell victim to the worst abusers and a system that didn't care.
Conditions at the home were harsh, the children poorly fed and hungry, dressed in stained second-hand clothes. But worse than that was the violence from some of the staff - Les was frequently punched, kicked and locked in the cellar as punishment. Children were dragged out of bed at night to be abused. Some simply disappeared. At the age of seven Les was sent to live with foster parents where for over two years he was beaten, starved and sexually abused. He stole food from dustbins to survive and became so disturbed he was sent back to the harsh regime of the children's home. He was fostered again as a teen, to another abuser.
Writing with complete honesty, Les describes how he came to terms with the terrible legacy of his childhood and how, today, he is fighting for justice for all victims of the Children's Cottage Homes.
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- Publisher : Pan Books; Unabridged edition (7 November 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0330466879
- ISBN-13 : 978-0330466875
- Dimensions : 13 x 2.1 x 19.7 cm
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Since starvation also came into play as well as other forms of abuse, this memoir also brings to mind the story of Unloved by Peter Roche, where food was withheld deliberately and almost made into another drug which drove people to theft. It comes across that Cummings' legal fight gave him some catharsis. I say that but it's an assumption, since there is no description of the therapy undertaken by the author overseas, just that he had some. Even without this you can check the author's website for more information about the case.
I think it's well worth a read and was selling at a good price at launch, so if it hasn't gone up as of 2009, give it a try.
What you all went through was terrible so glad you have all gone on to better things
And those who died who did the crimes to you I hope to god they are in hell