Lew was a doting, loving father who turned into an alcoholic and mentally and physically abused Agnes, his wife. She spent time in prison for a crime she didn’t commit, that’s when it all started.
At the age of twelve Tina was being bullied at school, sexually, mentally and physically abused by Lew, and as a punishment he sodomised her. Over a period of two years he persistently raped her and beat her. When Agnes was released from prison Lew carried on raping Tina. Agnes never knew. Eventually Agnes plucked up the courage to divorce him. Tina couldn’t tell Agnes about the abuse, thinking she may not be believed.
Everything got too much for Tina, she ran away from home and hitched hiked up to Scotland where the rest of the family lived, but got caught by the police in Edinburgh and returned home. She kept running away and ended up in Birmingham, where she got raped and impregnated by the rapist, she had a baby girl who died eight hours after birth. Tina was kept being put in hostels but kept absconding from them. She had a relationship with Alan and had his child but he denied it was his because his mother told him Tina had an affair with a black man and the baby was black. She met Dan and got into a relationship with him, she had his child and he ended up beating her. Tina married Keith who took on the two eldest children as his own. Tina found him out to be a serial adulterer and had a messy divorce with him going for custody of Naomi and not the other four.
Tina married Omar, an Egyptian. He took her into hospital for an operation and after she came round they told her she had cervical cancer. Omar disappeared and came back two days later with no explanation where he’d been, and when she came home no one had seen him for a week. She phoned his friends to find out if they had seen him, they told her that he’d gone back to Egypt for a couple of weeks because his family needed him. The marriage lasted for another two years and eventually ended in divorce. Tina found out her abuser - her father - was in hospital dying with cancer. She went to make sure he was dying and ask him why he did what he did? She went to his funeral just to make sure he was dead and buried. As she passed his coffin she spat on it. Twenty-five years later the truth came out. Tina wasn’t a victim anymore, but the truth divided the family. Ann and Marie called Tina a liar and wouldn’t believe her because Marie asked Lew and he blamed Tina.