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

The front cover of Disruptive (ISBN 13: 9780956325808 ISBN 10: 0956325807) published in December 2009.  Designed and photographed by Vroni Holzmann.

The front cover of Disruptive (ISBN 978-0-9563258-0-8) published in early December 2009. Design and photography by Vroni Holzmann.

[UPDATE: Also available as an ebook!]

Exciting news! The book mentioned here has now been published by Synchrony Books under the title Disruptive (How I triumphed over years of abuse from those who were supposed to protect me). (ISBN 13: 9780956325808 ISBN 10: 0956325807).  The cover was designed by Vroni Holzmann.

Here’s the blurb:

“…A long way from your average misery memoir.”

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

by Angela Bayley with Dr R. Eric Swanepoel, ISBN 978-0-9563258-0-8, published by Synchrony Books in December 2009.

Abuse, betrayal and negligence fail to break Angela’s spirit. A sensitive and intelligent young girl and talented athlete, she is myopically labelled “disruptive” by the incompetent authorities.  Though at times her beloved cat and budgie seem to be the only reasons to keep going, she somehow pulls through.  Then, years later, a happy wife, mother and paramedic, she is sexually assaulted in an ambulance by a colleague and buried memories of her childhood resurface to devastating effect.

Four years of therapy see her sectioned, re-living the sexual, emotional and physical horrors, plumbing the depths of suicidal depression, and re-visiting her old friends, bulimia and anorexia, before emerging a stronger person, determined to expose her persecutors and put her experiences at the service of others.

Angela Bayley’s acutely observed and heart-rending autobiography is a long way from your average misery memoir, including as it does a moving chapter by her consultant psychiatrist.

Disruptive should be compulsory reading for the caring professions, and will appeal to all students of human nature. This gripping book is an enthralling testimony to the power of love and friendship (both human and animal) and the survival instinct.

“…When you can live your life from day to day without the past overwhelming you, you have truly begun your recovery. This book is an account of such a new beginning.” – Extract from the chapter written by Angela’s consultant psychiatrist.

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