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Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System is the autobiography of Sunny Love, an adult survivor of child abuse. Sunny was six years old when her stepbrother raped her. For the next five years, her stepfather and stepbrothers continued their reign of sexual abuse. Upon the death of her mother, Sunny and her brother Toby went to live with their father. Their stepmother seemed to enjoy beating her and did so at every opportunity. Her stepmother was an overweight, lazy woman that lay around while forcing Sunny to do all the housework. This was not a punishment for Sunny’s point of view. She loved order and neatness and did not mind cleaning. She became pregnant when her boyfriend raped her. Her stepmother insisted she have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption but Sunny refused. Sunny gave birth to five children and continued to make bad decisions throughout her life. She did what she had to in order to support her family, from working as an exotic dancer to a massage therapist. She heard a wake-up call when she was accused of prostitution and acquitted. That one moment and several years of therapy caused her to turn 180 degrees. She is now an advocate for those who have been incarcerated and those leaving abusive situations.
Author Sunny Love bares her soul in her book Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System. My soul ached for the child that was so tortured. Her stepbrother and step-father stole her childhood. Then the repeated beatings from her stepmother were horrendous. While most of this book tells of the horror of Sunny’s life, it also tells of the triumph. She overcame the abuse and said goodbye to the men who would hold her back. She writes this book to give others hope for the future. I admire Sunny Love for her strength and courage.