Author: Ellen Payne
The book tells of the problems Joy has with feelings of sorrow, anger, shame and frustration that are stirred by media reports of sexual abuse of children in Institutions. She knows that many more survivors, who were abused as adults and outside of institutions, are still unacknowledged. She is one of them. Her abuse began in her home. The story is about Joy’s attempts to make sense of her life, get things into perspective and how she has thrived and been able to help others in their struggle.
Ellen, second of five daughters, was born while her father was overseas during the War. She grew up in the suburbs and married a farmer which necessitated adapting to an entirely new culture. Widowed at forty three with three children, she is now a grandmother. Ellen has worked in Community Health and as a minister of religion in rural and remote areas of the United Kingdom and Australia. She has worked with many survivors of multiple abuses for over thirty years. Ellen’s passion is to affirm these neglected survivors and encourage them to thrive.