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The cover of Angela Bayley's biography.

Please Believe Me (How institutions and the law failed a survivor of child abuse. And how she aims to ‘fix it’.)

We are delighted to announce the publication of Please Believe Me, the new and updated version of Angela Bayley‘s biography, formerly published as Disruptive.

It is available as an ebook on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, and many other national versions so Amazon.

NAPAC logo

NAPAC endorsed the earlier version of Angela’s book, and she is donating 20p from every copy sold to this excellent charity.

Twenty pence from every copy sold will be donated to NAPAC, the National Association for People Abused in Childhood, who endorsed the earlier version of this book. The Chief Executive, Peter Saunders, said, ‘As well as helping other survivors come to terms with a painful past, books such as this are actually a vital element in how we protect our children today. That is why we should all read Angela’s very powerful and moving message. One thing that perpetrators of abuse, or the institutions that protected those people do not want, is for survivors to speak out. Angela has had the courage to do so and we at NAPAC are pleased and privileged to have her support.’

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NB Disruptive was updated and republished as Please Believe Me in February 2013!

How the Mansfield Chad covered the story of 'Disruptive' on 19 May 2010.  Scroll down this page to read it.

Angela Bayley and ‘Disruptive’ were the lead story of one of the UK’s biggest regional papers.

The following article was the lead story in the Mansfield Chad of 19 May 2010:

Abuse victim sues council

Woman writes book alleging how she was:

  • Raped by care worker
  • Raped by foster dad
  • Attacked by teacher

Report by Chris Breese

A MANSFIELD woman has issued a landmark claim for compensation for a catalogue of horrific sexual abuse she says she suffered as a child in the care of Nottinghamshire County Council.

Mansfield Chad article on 'Disruptive'

How the story of ‘Disruptive’ was covered by the Mansfield Chad

The woman, now in her 30s, is asking the authority for recompense after obtaining hundreds of documents relating to the handling of her case in the 1980s.

She alleges she was sexually abused by a teacher, groomed and raped by a care home worker, and repeatedly raped again by a foster father she was placed with, all between 1983 and 1988.

Her action was launched after she decided to write a book chronicling her alleged experiences, using the pen name Angela Bayley, which has made it onto the shelves of major bookshops.

Angela, who grew up in Mansfield and still lives locally, started writing ‘Disruptive’ as part of psychological therapy, but only recently named Nottinghamshire County Council as the authority involved.

She said: “Everything was pushed under the carpet – not just the sexual abuse. I often wonder whether the more vulnerable you are the more you have got that tattooed on your forehead – that you are an easy target.

“Now that we have solid evidence of the appalling negligence and culpability of the council I believe I am likely to win major damages and that it is safe to reveal the name of the local authority which failed to protect me.”

Abuse victim to sue the council

Angela’s allegations include that a teacher she was a pupil of groomed and raped her, that a children’s care home worker later raped her on ‘numerous’ occasions and that a foster father groomed and then raped her around 15 times.

She alleges this has left her with deep psychological scars, including post traumatic stress disorder, anorexia, bulimia, and emotionally unstable personality disorder.

Case documents seen by Chad show at least one social worker who interviewed her about the claims at the time believed her allegations were true.

Her claim comes after the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to take her allegations further in 2006, saying that pursuing criminal proceedings would not be in the public interest.

Nottinghamshire County Council has declined to comment while the case is live.

Her solicitor Andrew Grove specialises in claiming compensation for the victims of childhood sexual abuse. He explained child abuse victims were previously barred from taking

Second part of Mansfield Chad article on Angela Bayley and 'Disruptive'

This story ran on the first and third pages of the Mansfield Chad!

action later than six years after they turned I8, but recent rulings may have opened the door for people like Angela.

In 2008 the Law Lords ruled Iorworth Hoare, dabbed the ‘Lotto Rapist’ after winning £7m on the Notional Lottery, could be sued by a woman he attempted to rape, even though her claim was outside the deadline.

Mr Grove said: “Angela has a good claim for compensation. Her abusers were employed by Nottinghamshire County Council and it is the council who must take responsibility for the wrongdoing and for Angela’s suffering.

“It is a matter of law that employers are responsible for the actions of their employees and there is strong evidence of negligence by the local authority in her social care records which were released to us recently.”

He also said by negotiating with the council the claim could be settled out of court, but added he and his client would ‘stand ready’ to launch court proceedings if they felt it necessary.

Added Angela:  “If the claim is successful, the scars will still be there, but it will be like I’ve had plastic surgery.

“I came up with tho courage to do it having met many others who have been in my position and realising that I’m sadly not alone.

“People are frightened of the consequences of coming forward but it should be the people who have done things like this that should be frightened.”

A Nottinghamshire County Council spokesman said: “We are aware of a letter from the solicitor of the person concerned.  At the moment it would be inappropriate to comment further.”

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NB Disruptive was updated and republished as Please Believe Me in February 2013!

Photograph of a review of "Disruptive" in Rostrum magazine ("the voice of social work in Scotland"), January 2011.  Click to see larger.

Photograph of a review of “Disruptive” in Rostrum magazine (“the voice of social work in Scotland”), January 2011. Click to see larger, or click on the link in the accompanying text to see a PDF.

“An invaluable resource…The book is really important for practitioners in child protection”

1. Disruptive received a glowing review in the January 2011 issue of Rostrum magazine, “the voice of social work in Scotland”:

THERE IS so little research on the long term outcomes for people who experienced public care in childhood that the memoirs of people who have been in care are very important to understanding how the decisions and recommendations that we make as social workers – and the way that we communicate and work – impact on young people’s lives as they grow up through our public care systems.

These books are an invaluable resource both for students and also experienced practitioners to reflect on their own practice of listening to young people. Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child requires that we listen to the views of children and young people and take them into account when making decisions in their best interest.

Disruptive is the revisiting of childhood experiences, sometimes very traumatic, of a happy wife, mother and paramedic following a sexual assault by a colleague at a period when she thought she had left behind being the victim of abuse in childhood. Angela revisits her childhood emotionally and intellectually.

Many practitioners in mental health and criminal justice services will have heard tragically similar accounts. But this book allows us to think through our own practice in listening to people, creating that opportunity when people learn to trust us with that awful information that they fear to share with anyone else because it may risk another rejection. It brings home the importance of the social relationship in connecting with people who have been abused so that they can get back the self-esteem to gain control over their own lives and move on.

From the social work perspective, this book is particularly good at highlighting the methods parents, carers and children go to hide what really happens behind closed doors. It covers loss and bereavement revisited at various times in childhood and the importance of just being there for someone who has not yet worked out if you can be trusted or if you can help. From this aspect, the book is really important for practitioners in child protection.

2. Six reviews have appeared on Amazon. They’re all excellent!

3. Endorsements from organisations:

Reveals a larger slice of the bigger picture
Angela has not only retold the events on a ‘surface level’ basis but she extends a hand to the reader and takes them into the depths of her experiences, sharing the innermost vulnerable parts of those experiences. I believe that this story needs to be told. It reveals a larger slice of the bigger picture (in terms of the impact of abuse) than many other books of its kind.

Helen Munt, Office Manager, National Association for People Abused in Childhood

Particularly helpful
This book […] would be particularly helpful to those who work or intend to work professionally with children and young people, in helping them to understand the impact that a damaged, disrupted childhood can have on a person’s life, behaviour and relationships.

Pauline Pearson, Dip. Counselling, Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service

Well-written
Angela suffered neglect and abuse in childhood, the legacy of which resurfaced after she was raped as an adult and resulted in her being sectioned. Although graphic at times, this well-written story tells how she emerged a stronger person, wanting to help others.

Jenny Stucke, Project Manager, Directory and Book Services

Angela has also received this message from a reader:

Hi! I’ve finished reading your book. I’m shocked at the awful things you have experienced. It made me cry on several occasions. It has certainly made me think differently and has made me more open-minded regarding certain jobs at work [as a paramedic].

Having had a wonderful childhood and a relatively non-traumatic life since, I didn’t quite realise what a shit life some people have. Keep smiling. I think you’re very brave.

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NB Disruptive was updated and republished as Please Believe Me in February 2013! This expanded ebook version is very cheap and 20p from every copy sold goes to NAPAC.

"Disruptive" by Angela Bayley has been published at last!

"Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me)" by Angela Bayley is now available!

Eric is delighted to announce that after nearly four years of work, Disruptive (Disruptive: How I Triumphed Over Years of Abuse from Those Who Were Supposed to Protect Me) by Angela Bayley with Dr R. Eric Swanepoel has been published. You can read all about it elsewhere on this website.

Disruptive is

  • a true adventure story with a happy ending
  • a forensic analysis of the causes of eating disorders
  • an astounding exposé of systematic failings in local government, the care system, the NHS, education and the justice system in the north of England
  • a tale of treachery and loyalty, and, ultimately,
  • a moving story of courage and recovery.

With a chapter by a consultant psychiatrist, Disruptive is, objectively, a far cry from your average “misery memoir”!

Press releases and a datasheet may be found here.

How to get hold of Disruptive and how you can help make it successful

Eric, having just taken delivery of the first copies of 'Disruptive' from the printers

Eric, having just taken delivery of the first copies of 'Disruptive' from the printers

There are several purchase options. All have their advantages and disadvantages so I can’t tell you which is best. I list them all below so you may make your own judgement. However, whether you end up buying Disruptive through Amazon or not, if you like the book then please post a review on Amazon! Go here to do so. You only need to write one sentence and click on a star rating. Naturally, I hope you will give it five stars! (You will be able to post a review only if you have at some point bought a book – any book – from Amazon.)

Buy from Angela or Eric

Advantages: If you buy from Angela or Eric then they make more money per copy you buy, and one of them can sign the book for you (and, with a bit of notice, get the other to sign too).

Disadvantages: From time to time you might be able to find better prices elsewhere, so it won’t necessarily be the cheapest option for you. This option does little to get the book stocked in shops or to boost its sales ranking on websites such as Amazon.

(a) Buy from Angela or Eric face-to-face

The RRP of the book is £11.99 but, for the time being, Eric will be charging £10 per copy.

(b) Buy from Synchrony Books with postal delivery

Please go to this webpage and follow instructions. For the time being the charge is £10.99 including postage and packing for UK orders.

 

Clare Galloway and Eric Swanepoel display the Synchrony Books logo, designed by Clare, and copies of 'Disruptive', the cover of which was designed by Vroni Holzmann.

Clare Galloway and Eric Swanepoel display the Synchrony Books logo, designed by Clare, and copies of 'Disruptive', the cover of which was designed by Vroni Holzmann. Picture taken in front of Clare's stall in the out of the Blue Drill Hall Art Market on 12 December 2009 by a kind stranger.

Buy from bookshops

Disadvantage: They probably won’t be stocking them at the moment so you’ll have to order a copy (although it should be available at Bookworm in Retford, Nottinghamshire, and Word Power in Edinburgh). Bookshops are likely to charge the List Price of £11.99.

Advantage: The advantage is for Synchrony Books, because the more people who order books from bookshops the more likely they are to consider stocking the book and the more likely people are to see it and buy it.

If you want to buy it from a bookshop, we suggest you print out and take along a copy of the datasheet.

Buy from Amazon

Disadvantage: Synchrony Books gets a relatively small cut of the selling price (but more if you go there though this link. You can also go through the link on the bottom right of this web pageCollectible copies available!

Advantage: If the sales ranking goes up then more people will notice the book!

NB: Please ignore a notice that it is “temporarily out of stock”.  Amazon will order more stock as soon as you place an order, and it’ll only take a few days to arrive.

isruptive is published!

I am delighted to announce that after nearly four years of work, Disruptive (Disruptive: How I Triumphed Over Years of Abuse from Those Who Were Supposed to Protect Me) by Angela Bayley with Dr R. Eric Swanepoel has been published. You can read all about it on the Synchrony Books website (www.synchronybooks.co.uk). It’s a true adventure story with a happy ending, a forensic analysis of the causes of eating disorders, an astounding exposé of systematic failings in local government, the care system, the NHS, education and the justice system in the north of England, a tale of treachery and loyalty, and, ultimately, a moving story of courage and recovery. With a chapter by a consultant psychiatrist, Disruptive is, objectively, a far cry from your average “misery memoir”!

Press releases and a datasheet may be found here: https://synchronybooks.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/disruptive-datasheet/ .

How to get hold of Disruptive and how you can help make it successful

There are several purchase options, all have their advantages and disadvantages so I can’t tell you which is best. I list them all below so you may make your own judgement. However, whether you end up buying Disruptive through Amazon or not, if you like the book then please post a review on Amazon! Go to this page to do so: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956325807?ie=UTF8&tag=pethat-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0956325807. You only need to write one sentence and click on a star rating. Naturally, I hope you will give it five stars! (You will be able to post a review only if you have at some point bought a book – any book – from Amazon.)

Buy from Angela or me

Advantages: If you buy from us then Angela and I make more money per copy you buy, and one of us can sign the book for you (and, with a bit of notice, get the other to sign too).

Disadvantages: From time to time you might be able to find better prices elsewhere, so it won’t necessarily be the cheapest option for you. This option does little to get the book stocked in shops or to boost its sales ranking on websites such as Amazon.

Buy from us face-to-face

I am about to order copies from the printer. These should arrive within a week. The RRP of the book is £11.99 but, for the time being, I shall be charging £10 per copy.

Buy from me with postal delivery

Please go to this webpage and follow instructions: http://www.biowrite.co.uk/synchronybooks/orders.html. For the time being I am charging £10.99 including postage and packing for UK orders.

Buy from bookshops

Disadvantage: They probably won’t be stocking them at the moment so you’ll have to order a copy. They are likely to charge the RRP of £11.99.

Advantage: The advantage is for Angela and myself, because the more people who order books from bookshops the more likely they are to consider stocking the book and the more likely people are to see it and buy it.

If you want to buy it from a bookshop I suggest you print out and take along a copy of the datasheet, which you may find here: http://www.biowrite.co.uk/synchronybooks/Disruptive_Datasheet_1.pdf.

Buy from Amazon

Disadvantage: We get a relatively small cut of the selling price (but more if you go there though this link: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0956325807?ie=UTF8&tag=pethat-21&linkCode=as2&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=0956325807). You can also go through the link on the bottom right of this web page: http://www.biowrite.co.uk/synchronybooks/orders.html.

Advantage: If the sales ranking goes up then more people will notice the book!

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Eric looking triumphant having just submitted the final version of "Disruptive" to the printers, on 30 November 2009.

Eric looking triumphant having just submitted the final version of "Disruptive" to the printers, on 30 November 2009.

This picture was taken just after Eric submitted the final version of Angela Bayley’s amazing autobiography, Disruptive, to the printers. Nearly four years of work have finally come to an end! Copies may be ordered now.

Early indications are that the book will be well received. Several national organisations have requested review copies and feedback from various people who viewed the manuscript has been very complimentary.

Eric is in the mood to celebrate!

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"Disruptive" by Angela Bayley

Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me) by Angela Bayley

All items in PDF format:

  • Press releases for general media (latest first)

Press releases for Scottish media (latest first)

Press release for North of England media

Press release for organisations dealing with issues such as sexual abuse and eating disorders

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Cover of the ebook version of 'Disruptive'. designed by Kit Foster.

Synchrony Books has published an ebook version of 'Disruptive'. The cover has been designed by Kit Foster.

Synchrony Books is delighted to announce the release of an ebook version of Angela Bayley’s Disruptive, a book that formed the basis for a civil case against Nottinghamshire County Council.  The cover has been designed by Kit Foster.

Get ebook from Smashwords or Amazon

It’s now available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords.  You can read it on PCs, Macs, Kindles, mobile phones, etc. and sample it free!

It’s also available in Kindle format on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr.  Like Smashwords, Amazon lets you sample the book free.  If you don’t have a Kindle you can download a Kindle reader for your Mac or PC.

Paperback

"Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me)" by Angela Bayley can now be ordered!

The cover of the paperback version of 'Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me)' by Angela Bayley.

There are various ways of getting hold of the paperback version of the book, including Amazon.  For trade/bulk orders, please contact Gardners.

It’s now available in multiple ebook formats from Smashwords.  You can read it on PCs, Macs, Kindles, mobile phones, etc. and sample it free!

It’s also available in Kindle format on Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.com, Amazon.de and Amazon.fr.  If you don’t have a Kindle you can download a Kindle reader for your Mac or PC.

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