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SOLD. She was nine years old.
Carrie Bailee fled Canada and came to Australia when she was twenty. Once here she was assisted by a number of Australian women, and was ultimately encouraged to apply for refugee status in order to stay in this country. So began her battle to be granted asylum in Australia. Carrie stood before the Refugee Review Tribunal and revealed the dark underbelly of child sexual abuse and organised crime rings in our privileged, first-world neighbourhoods.
This is the story of one young woman’s heroic journey to survive, escape and soar above her shocking childhood experiences, and her powerful struggle for freedom and a beautiful life in Australia.
I couldn't put this book down. What a terribly sad & tragic story but the strength & resiliance of this woman is very inspiring. If she can overcome the tragedies that she endured in her young life then anyone can!
Heart wrenching and sometimes emotional.
You are such a courageous person.
Well worth reading
An amazing true story but not for the faint hearted
I took this book away with me to read whilst on holidays, and I could not put it down. It made you feel helpless, ashamed, concerned, and amazed about how a person who has suffered as badly as Carrie did, could still function generally as every other person. Her will to survive overcame everything else, and I am so glad I read this. You will shed tears, but any normal human would once hearing her story
Raw, honest, confronting but so EMPOWERING!
As a survivor of sexual abuse...As a child who too was 'sold by her father to a heinous cult I had so many reservations and emotions attached about reading this book. In fact Carrie's book sat on my bed side table for weeks unopened. I contemplated each night picking it up...thinking each time it would either make me or break me..but how could a story of true survival, strength, resilience, empowerment and hope damage my already broken wings anymore than they already are? If anything what this book has done for me personally is begin to glue back some of the broken pieces back together in my preparation to fly...no for when I'm ready to soar! It was raw, it was intimate, it was highly respectful, but ultimately for me it was empowering!!
I have since read the book twice and I will continue to from the moments in this book where Carrie, despite adversity soars above shame...to enlighten, empower and guide me on my own personal journey towards freedom and inner peace.
To Carrie, if you are reading this, my gratitude to you hardly seems suffice...how does one begin to thank someone who has had the courage, strength, integrity and resilience to take the risk and show the world your vulnerability, to take the risk and expose this heinous, often unspeakable crime in its truest form for what it is..you took these risks unselfishly to bring hope to others, to be the voice for those still vulnerable and to help us start to recognize and own our own story, with respect, not shame. Well Carrie I believe it was a risk that was worth taking. You owned your story girl and in the process showed yourself the dignity you deserved. I cried with you, laughed with you, shared your pain but also felt your strength and resilience and in doing so felt my own empowerment, hope, gratitude and inner peace. As you say we are all a little broken, but your boom empowers others to come to know that no matter how broken our wings may be, they can and still will fly! Perhaps even soar as you have so courageously done! I have since purchased another book for my office so I can continue to share the hope to those I see who's wings may also be broken.
So much respect and gratitude to you Carrie. Your voice I believe is a gift given to you, so never lose it...There are so many still without a voice and until they find their own may your voice be the microphone for hope, courage, for empowerment, for change, for freedom and for inner peace. Nothing but respect for you Carrie!
So did this book make me or break me? Not broken, totally inspired!
Confronting and Triumphant. An inspirational read.
This book inspired me in so many ways. But particularly to keep my eyes open around my community and always extend love and a helping hand. Difficult to read in terms of how people can take advantage and abuse such innocence, but a wonderful example of triumph over adversity.
Couldn't put it down
Hi Carrie, I just finished your book. You're truly an amazing and inspirational women and I wish you a very happy life. Thank you for the strength you had to write your book and for being so strong to speak out against violence. I'm sure you have changed many lives in helping people to come forward to tell their own story to someone. Well done mate x
Hard to put down!
This book was so incredibly moving I could not put it down. I had finished the book within three nights with only a couple hours a night, and I rarely read! The story itself is amazingly sad, but perfectly written. I could not fault it.
Cara the koala
What an exceptional read
OMG this book is straight from the heart, I am not known as a book reader but read this in 2 days, it is one of or the best book I have ever read and you cannot put it down, the truth and courage that this beautiful person went through just shows the utmost fight and courage, I wish her all the best, well written, I don't think I slept for a couple of nights thinking of her pain.
An amazing strong woman.
Wow what a book. Carrie is such an amazing,inspirational and strong woman.
To be able to hold her head up high after enduring such a tragic life and tell her story is so courageous.
Carrie is one in a million and I have nothing but respect and sheer admiration for such a beautiful soul.
A voice for all survivors. Inspirational
I have recently finished reading Carrie Bailee's book. I was incredibly moved, and felt a great sense of peace at the end. Carrie's light shines so brightly and it is definitely the beacon of hope for all of us who have gone through child sexual abuse in any form. I would recommend this book to any survivor and especially to those with PTSD, anxiety, and dissociation.
As a survivor myself, and recently been through my own court battle, I related with Carrie every step of the way and saw endless parallels with my own life, from how I used to cope in the face of my abuse and forever after, to running away from home, to the anger and frustration and confusion of emotions. The way Carrie wrote her journey, flowing from one experience, realisation or feeling to another, and interspersed with so much humour, made it even more real and vivid for me as a reader, pulling me in deep, getting to know Carrie and the thoughts of those around her - Carrie's written her soul on each piece of paper, word by word.
I recognised the pain in Carrie's Mother as Carrie described looking into her eyes and how she coped, I see that in my own Mother too. It's so important for people to know that there are secondary victims who are destroyed around the primary victim, families are totally destroyed and effected in every way too, forever. It's not something that you "can just get over", it takes a lot of work and support is desperately needed.
Carrie's book has also given me so many insights into what I've experienced, and connected thoughts and feelings that I've been searching for answers to for years (despite seeing many specialists) eg. how we need to remove ourselves from the zone of the trauma to heal - I've never been told that!! I have known within myself that I need this recently, thank you for that and for all the other points of understanding you've given me. Thank you Carrie, for being a voice for all of us, and lighting the way out of the darkness, showing us that it is possible, I think this has been sorely missing for us in the world, someone standing tall with a penetrating message; who won't back down and won't go away. So often I have felt I could never get out of this darkness. You inspire me so much, I won't give up. Love and light to you. xox
ISBN: 9781922213297 ISBN-10: 1922213292 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 279 Published: 1st October 2014 Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 15.3
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Number: 1