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“Hot Peas & Butter: The Children in the Basement”

Posted by Sandra On October - 23 - 2011

A true story about the shattered lives of a family of children who were abused and tortured, survival was all they knew…

For one child to be abused, it is a travesty. Yet, for a family of children to be abused, physically and mentally, on a daily basis for over 15 years, at the hands of various adults—caregivers, parents and guardians—is beyond words. Nevertheless, in this book, JoAnn found the words and strength to capture her childhood story of loss, suffering, hope and survival. Like the song, “Hot Peas and Butter,” she and her siblings would sing in the basement to brighten their darkest days, this resulting book is a moving tale of a child’s resilience in the face of unspeakable atrocities. As well, it is a tragic case study of violence in the home, serving as a heart-wrenching account of the vicious cycle of brutality and ignorance. Now an adult and mother herself, JoAnn’s struggle still continues today, as she comes to terms with her harrowing upbringing and the mixed feelings harbored towards her father, her deceased mother, and her step-mother. But, incredibly, in spite of everything, JoAnn has become a happy and spirited person—no longer the little girl, “trapped in the mirror.”








By the time you finish reading this, 15 children will have been abused; In the next five minutes, 30 more; Within the next hour, 360 more; And by tonight, close to 8,000+ children will have suffered from abuse, 5 of which will die. Child abuse has increased 134% since 1980 and is now considered a worldwide epidemic. The high jump in child abuse deaths and the shocking increase in statistics highlights the frightening lack of public knowledge.
Educate Yourself--Learn the Facts--It may Just Save a Child's Life!!

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  1. JoAnn Rodriguez Matos Says:

    Hot Peas and Butter The Children in the Basement – Available on http://www.createspace.com/3652846 password: END THE SILENCE

    Posted on October 24th, 2011 at 11:00 pm

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