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Jane Elliott is a pseudonym. She first decided to tell her story to the police after taking inspiration from Dave Pelzer's powerful memoir, A Child Called It. She become convinced she should not remain a silent victim but act against the evil stepfather who had kept her a virtual prisoner for so many years.
We call these devastatingly traumatic childhood memoirs â€˜agony booksâ€™ in the trade. It all seemed to start with Dave Pelzerâ€™s A Child Called It and suddenly the flood-gates were open. In fact this author (she is using a pseudonym) admits it was Daveâ€™s book that gave her the courage to go to the police, which surely must be a good thing. Herâ€™s is a tragic story of abuse, both physical and mental, by her stepfather who was eventually jailed for seventeen years. Itâ€™s an awful tale, heartrending, dramatic and powerful.