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    A heart wrenching book

    Thank goodness this book starts with The Rescue. The reader knows right away that the child, Dave, is rescued from the abuse. The book is written in first person – from a child’s perspective. Chapter 2 shares “The Good Times”. Initially Dave was treated well as were his siblings. Thereafter, Dave’s mother deems him a “bad boy” and the child abuse ensues. Unfortunately, the mother runs the household and treats Dave inhumanely. His father is a bystander in the abuse. Dave’s father is away for from the home for extended periods of time for work. When home, he is very submissive to his abusive wife. Eventually, he leaves the home and family. Dave is bullied at school, ignored by neighbors and abused (physically and emotionally) by his mother and, at times, his siblings. He has chores that must be completed within a certain amount of time or he is refused food. Food is deprived from Dave for extended periods of time (up to ten days). Dave is literally tortured: forced to lay in a bathtub with cold water with his head under water, exposed to chemicals in a small bathroom, eat out of a dog bowl, and sleep in the garage on a cot. His mother even “accidentally” stabbed him but no medical treatment was sought. It is a heart wrenching story. Thankfully, the school eventually identified and acted on the abuse. As an adult, Dave is now making it his life’s mission to speak on behalf of child abuse prevention.
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