Echoes of Innocence - Survivor

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Academically gifted and street wise Steve has survived years of family turmoil but has great hopes for the future. When he is raped by two men, everything he knows and values disintegrates. A ground breaking memoir by new author Stephen Hill, charting his own journey as he struggles to come to terms with his own rape experience and battling for his very existence. More

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About Stephen Hill

Stephen began noting down his experiences in 2008 alongside weekly meetings with a psychologist. From these early meanderings grew a workable manuscript which, with hard work became ‘Echoes of Innocence - Survivor’. Initially written for himself and his family, he began to find the strength to face and work through the traumas of his past. With his wife suggesting that there was little literature of this nature on the market, Steve took a leap of faith. He decided in 2012 to produce a completed book with a view to helping other survivors, their families and to begin dispelling the myths and prejudice surrounding male rape. Stephen is married to Sue, and they have two beautiful daughters, a cat called Daisy and a dog named Ellie. He is a passionate supporter of his home town rugby league club, the Leeds Rhinos, loves fishing and is seldom seen without a book in his hand. He is presently unemployed after being made redundant in February 2013 but this does give him more time to write and Book Two, ‘Echoes of Innocence – Redemption’ will be available in Spring 2014. Stephen can be contacted on Facebook or at 1stephenhill1(at)gmail(dot)com.

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Reviews

Fran27 reviewed on on Feb. 13, 2014

I have no words to express how much respect I have for the author. To be able to share an experience like this so openly is truly a sign of how far he has come and it has really opened my eyes to a subject I had no knowledge of previously.
I really do recommend this book. Read it when you can't be distracted so you can take it all in without interruption.
(reviewed 57 days after purchase)
tinekevlijm reviewed on on Jan. 30, 2014

This book touched me deeply. Started reading in the afternoon, couldn't put it away and kept on reading till I went to bed. Couldn't get it out of my mind and continued reading next day. Afterwards I was crying. It must have been a horrendous experience and the author has a gifted way of letting you feel what the impact has been. The issue is most important and not very well known. Male rape is horrible (as is all rape). And this book tells about the devastating effects.
But also, it tells about terror in childhood (which touches a very sensitive part in myself).

Most of all, it is a beautifully written, very personal account of the torments of a man who despite his youth and this terrible rape, managed to survive and found his way in life. I have been crying for the little boy and for the angry teenager; I have admiration for the man who survived and for his courage to bring it in the open.

I can highly recommend this book. Read it, read it carefully and try to read it in one go. And may it bring understanding and compassion!
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
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