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I'm Not Your "Baby": An Australian woman's tortured life of sexual harassment and assault by [Jennings, Joy]
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In this suspenseful and riveting memoir about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Australian beach girl, Joy faces the battle of her life against the not-so-friendly bronzed Aussie bloke.

Through her raw, dark stories of frightening sexual assaults, shocking rapes, non-stop abuse, violation and street harassment, Joy Jennings shares of how she tried to make her way in her coastal home town, while being hounded, followed and tormented at every turn.

Her powerfully moving story throws you into a world of tradies, hoons and bogans, who behave in the world’s most vile, vulgar and sexist of ways. With her candid and compelling recollections of being choked to within an inch of her life, having her car window smashed into her face, being stalked and having men rip the very clothes from her body, this memoir will not only keep you captivated, but also astonish you with every page.

Readers will be taken on an unrelenting ride as they share Joy’s emotional journey. I’m Not Your “Baby” will have you fighting for our author who, with a determined heart, never gives up hope of finding love, peace and ultimate happiness.

This is not a story about demonizing the Australian male, but one that humanizes the victims.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0994096208
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AJP Publications (10 November 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #401,297 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I say "I hated it, " but 9 March 2016
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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This review is without a doubt, the hardest for me to write for many reasons. I say "I hated it," but... it's only because of me and my past that I hated it. So I gave this a three as "neutral." Here is why...

Positives: The writing is very well done! This was a page turner. I couldn't put it down. I couldn't walk away. I read this book in 24 hours. The author articulated a lot of my own thoughts a number of times... And this... this I think is why I hated the book. Because the author was spot on with the horrors here.

Most of the book—and I mean 95% of the book—revolves around men cat-calling, voyeurs, pedophiles, and an insane amount of harassment revolving around unwanted sexual innuendo. And yes! Sexual innuendo galore to the point where you're just... SICK of it. My empathy to the author. I get it!

I read these passages and thought, "Yeah? So? Join the club. You just deal with it." as if the abuse wasn't a big deal. I sounded just like many of the people in this book. This bothered me more than anything. The fact that I was just as "desensitized" to the abuse as the rest of them. That is when I realized I am still "used" to it...

Perhaps sharing some of my own past will help you understand my experience in this read. Perhaps knowing me better will help you understand what you can expect from this book.

I have been raped, tortured, enslaved, spied on, violated, prepped for trafficking, forced to witness severe animal abuse, and beaten. Between two rapists, a pedophile and abusive "boyfriend," I was publicly raped repeatedly for seven years. Privacy is a luxury in my world. Still is even though the abuse ended fifteen years ago.

Like the author, I too LOATHED walking down the street. I still do. When they started, I wore my waist-length hair up in a bun, I carried a book JUST to ward them off and wore glasses all to discourage them. I think the message in this book is "I shouldn't have to!" and "I'm entitled to walk down the street in peace!" I can not tell you how wrong these thoughts feel to me.

The changes I made reduced the number of comments and certainly reduced the harassment, but nevertheless, they continued until I became a shut in... for fifteen years. Being spied on while I used the bathroom does shake you up and violate you in such a horrific way... Of everything I've ever been subjected to... the "eye in the window" bothered me far more than being raped in parking lots and on the highway for all to see. I'll take a rape any day over the unwanted voyeur. Is it wrong that I still think this way?

I didn't read this book as someone who just reads memoirs. I read this book as someone who related 100% to Joy's experiences. Right down to the wet t-shirt "contest" and lewd sexual remarks from EVERYONE.

Maybe this is why I hated this book. Maybe this is why I read it and was frustrated and angry.

This review is so hard...

I respect the author deeply for her courage and strength to share her experiences. I understand completely the strength required to speak out and finally find the courage to throw away the forced silence that rapists and pedophiles demand of you. That silence, in itself, is another kind of hell and abuse.

Stripped of your voice is, without a doubt, the hardest and most final form of abuse to overcome, speaking out and sharing with others your plight... I'm thrilled Joy found her voice and stripped the abusers of that power.

I worry I can not give a review that will do this book justice due to my own experiences. I am too biased. So I will say this:

The author has a wonderful talent and she writes beautifully. Her skills are wonderful! This is a memoir. She tells her life exactly as it happened best to her memory. So the content and the story is not up for criticism. All I can do is smile, hug the authors, and say, "Great job! You have been heard. You're safe now. *smile* Me too."

I was unsatisfied with the ending because no justice was done! Pedophiles walked free... as does mine. Joy presses no charges against her rapists. Neither did I. But it was not because we didn't try!

Joy tried to report the abusers. No one cared. Same here, Joy. Police didn't care that I could give them the name, address, and social security number of the pedophile who raped me for five years. They didn't "want to handle the paperwork."

This book was a strong reminder of how broken our society is and how much these crimes go unpunished everywhere! Not just Australia. And there are many MANY good men in the world... including Australia. I for one, have a very good Australian male-friend: a gentleman.

I have decided that bad men gather in numbers and surround themselves with each other. I also believe that good men gather in numbers and surround themselves with each other. I have no doubt, Joy was lived in a circle of bad men. I also lived in a circle of bad men. I have since landed myself in a circle of good men, all of whom had to stand by and watch their mothers, sisters, wives, and girlfriends put a fragmented mind back together afterward.

Many of them, my husband included, has dedicated years, just standing by and watching me recover while I writhe with my demons. It isn't for want of helping. This kind of abuse leaves a woman having to fight back and heal all on her own. Our men can't fight our battles for us, but believe you me, they would if they could. I imagine Joy's Brandon is now doing the same for her.

On behalf of all those men... they would give anything to undo what has been done to us and being unable to do so leaves them feeling completely helpless and unable to protect us.

This may be the BPD in me, but I see black and white: men who beat and rape. And men who don't. This book shows only the dark side, save for Brandon.

My recommendation? Read it. Don't rely on reviews for this one. This is one book that you can only take away your own experience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Recovery Memoir of Sexual Trauma and Dysfunction.... 25 January 2016
By missmickee-bookreview - Published on
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A sobering yet engaging memoir: "I'm Not Your "Baby": An Australian Woman's Tortured Life of Sexual Harassment and Assault" is authored by Joy Jennings which details her highly charged encounters with ordinary Australian males, beginning when she was a young child observing a peeping Tom outside her window, to mature adulthood as she was constantly forced to endure unwanted advances that led to tremendous stress and anxiety.

This is written in part to raise awareness of rape, groping, stalking, and verbal assault. In the US violators can be charged and prosecuted with serious criminal to misdemeanor offenses. Ms. Jennings recalled her horrifying rape in a parking lot outside an Australian dance club, and her struggle to maintain her mental stability. Fearing long term depression she dealt with panic attacks and anxiety issues, perhaps due to trauma/PTSD symptoms she didn't report the rape to police, nor seek professional counseling; she also seemed unable to protect herself from unwanted male attention, and maintained poor unhealthy relationships.
Ms. Jennings life cycled through low-wage work, frequent moves, assorted flat-mates, and multiple unstable relationships. The boyfriends she chose were mostly interested in video games, porn, alcohol, weed/ganja instead of her. From the book.... "It was my fault to have expected him to actually be sincere when he told me he'd love to ride a bike around France with me, hike through the Rockies or snorkel in Fiji. It was an empty promise made only to entice me, like an introductory rate the credit companies offer"....
When she finally married/divorced after 10 years, her ex-husband left her with over $80,000 of combined gambling debts, credit card bills and court costs. The situation was very sad and troubling.

Joy Jennings is a good storyteller, it was interesting to read about Aussie culture. The near total focus on unrelenting sexual harassment and verbal assault without any improvement makes for a serious heavy read. The ending was hopeful, yet uncertain. Best wishes and many thanks to the author for the value promotional priced e-book for the purpose of review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I can't imagine to live a life like this, so full of fear of everything male 21 January 2016
By Christina Steiner - Published on
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I can't imagine to live a life like this, so full of fear of everything male. Not a single person of substance, male or female, appears in the book to help and guide this poor child and woman for decades. Though the writing is clear and comprehensive, Joy comes across like a victim of herself with total lack of self esteem and self worth. It reads like a list of everything a male, in this case Australian male, can do to ruin your life. My biggest disappointment was that there is no offering of any information about how to avoid being sexually harassed. Her salvation was finding a male after decades who finally treats her with respect. I don't understand how the recounting of every little detail can improve the life of a young woman with similar experiences.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Joy courageously tells her story of a life suffering of ... 5 November 2015
By Raven Alexander - Published on
Joy courageously tells her story of a life suffering of sexual, physical, verbal assault. Virtually every male Joy encounters from the tender age of eight through her forties, exhibited a degree of assault including rape. Her story is heartbreaking, uncomfortable and difficult to read but necessary as she completely bears her soul with the hope to assist other women in a similar predicament.

You read of Joy’s admitted lack of self-esteem which paralyzes her causing her to continually fall victim to these twisted men. Finding herself in awkward situations, her inability to defend herself against predators, her avoidance of confrontation, Joy became easy prey time after time, each scenario escalating, each scenario compromising Joy’s safety both physically and mentally. Her vulnerability, innocence, lack of knowledge raped repeatedly.

I couldn’t believe the behavior of men described, it is beyond disgusting. What infuriates me more than anything – these men see absolutely nothing wrong with their behavior, even more revolting.

Joy makes it perfectly clear her mission is to share her story to help others, to let them know they are not alone, there is help if you use your voice. ALL men should read this book, a perfect example of how unacceptable the described behavior is towards women. Objectification is never acceptable.

Joy demonstrates great bravery in sharing her story, I respect her purpose greatly.
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Profound 16 March 2016
By Whispering Stories Book Blog - Published on
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**I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review**

I found this book to be particularly difficult to review, partially because I’m usually a reader of fiction and partially because of the content of this particular book.

‘I’m Not Your “Baby”‘ is a memoir, recounting the sexual harassment encountered by the author throughout her lifetime in Australia. The harassment she has experienced ranges from voyeurism, crude language and assault – none of which are isolated incidents.

The language of this book is very simple and factual, the author tells us what she remembers and how it made her feel at the time.

I found it very easy to follow, however the constant grind of incident after incident did make it impossible to read in one go as I was starting to feel a little queasy, not least because a lot of it sounded very familiar. I would recommend this book with caution for any victims of sexual harassment or assault, it’s not pretty.

I think that British and Australian culture is pretty similar in the way that men treat women though Australia does sound more severe in this respect – I can only speak for myself, from my own experiences, but every encounter with an unknown when I’m on my own makes me wary in a way that I shouldn’t have to be in this day and age.

I found it quite difficult to completely understand things from Joy’s perspective as she comes across as exceptionally sensitive to this harassment (as she has every right to be!) and previously has unable to speak out about it or report any incidents to the authorities. Though I completely understand why she would feel this way, I did find it difficult to relate at times as I have a very forthright approach to similar situations.

Every single incident cut her deeply and it was heartbreaking to read, specifically because this is a woman who can see this harassment for what it is: harmful and unacceptable. She wasn’t prepared to comprimise her expectations of decency in men and was disappointed for over 4 decades.

I found this book very moving, the author doesn’t portray herself as a hero in any sense but she found the courage to write this book with complete honesty and I found that very impressive. I do, however, like to think that there were at least a few decent men that she came across during the time covered by this book – otherwise, Australia is in some deep trouble.

The message I took away from this book is that something very fundamental needs to change in society, boys need to be taught that women are genuinely worthy of respect and girls need to be taught that they are deserving of respect and what kind of treatment is and isn’t acceptable so that they do not grow to be a new generation of victims.

Reviewed by Nia at Whispering Stories Book Blog