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The Unbreakable Child (edition 2010)

by Kim Michele Richardson, William F. McMurry (Afterword), David Clohessy (Foreword), Father Thomas Doyle J.C.D. C.A.D.C. (Foreword)

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Title:The Unbreakable Child
Authors:Kim Michele Richardson
Other authors:William F. McMurry (Afterword), David Clohessy (Foreword), Father Thomas Doyle J.C.D. C.A.D.C. (Foreword)
Info:Behler Publications (2010), Edition: Second Edition, Paperback, 218 pages
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Review: The Unbreakable Child by Kim Michele Richardson.

This is a disturbing true story of abuse to children in a Catholic orphanage in Kentucky. The story is narrated by a victim who spent nine years confined to the orphanage with her three sisters. It’s also the story of a lawsuit brought against the order of nuns who ran the orphanage. Her attorney, William McMurray an advocate for abused children, and herself wanted justice for the other forty-five other victims. Richardson explains her abuses and how society, the Church, and even her own family had abandoned her at a very young age. She was the youngest of the four sisters who were residing at the orphanage. The story will break your heart but you’ll also read how Kimmi Richardson’s strength and determination brings forth her forgiveness as an adult. Most important is the courage she showed in exposing the sadistic side of the Catholic Church in its treatment of orphans.

The story is told at the time of Kim’s disposition hearing at court many years after the abuse. The story goes back and forth through past to present as she tells her story beginning at the age of three. Kimmi and her three sisters were removed from their mother, Diane, a drug addicted alcoholic and neglecting parent and placed at the orphanage and later subjected to horrific abuse and child molestation.

I was not an orphan but I had spent eight years at a Catholic school back in the sixties (about the same time as Kim and her sisters) and through those years there was abuse from the hands of the nuns and a Monsignor of the Church. For some reason my eight siblings who were also abused were stronger than I was but I do know their behavior was shone within different characteristic as, being a class clown, being tough, and being a bully, etc…where I hid within myself. I even stop talking for two of those years also due to having both parent alcoholics and trying to survive living in a dysfunctional family.

I applaud Kim Richardson for reaching out to an attorney years later to find justice for herself, her sister’s and all the many children who were abused in the same fashion under the care of the nuns and the Catholic Church. Kim Richardson could have taken the path of a victim, but instead after she left the orphanage she struggled but faced her fears and later married and had two children that she sent to a Catholic school. Kim Richardson was a great parent even with the scars from her past that will never be forgotten…. ( )
1 vote Juan-banjo | Aug 9, 2016 |
Review to come later. ( )
  sandra.k.heinzman | Apr 2, 2015 |
Couldn't put it down! What happened in that catholic orphanage should never happen to anyone! We must be vigilant and stop this!
  lilwolfmisty | Apr 11, 2013 |
A harrowing story of a horrific childhood. ( )
  bookalover89 | Feb 10, 2011 |
My book club purchased the new paperback edition for our Jan read and agreed; this story needs to be shared with the world. A powerful and gripping story about brutal orphan abuse which resonates with the current clergy abuse scandals. Hopeful and healing and forgiving and unforgettable. This book will haunt you. ( )
  Wordcartage | Feb 6, 2011 |
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Grim yet ultimately inspiring, this harrowing biography catalogues years of institutional abuse that took place in the Saint Thomas–Saint Vincent Orphan Asylum, a Catholic orphanage in Anchorage, Kentucky. After many years of neglect by their drug-addicted mother, Kim and her three older sisters were abandoned to the uncharitable care of the Sisters of Charity. Detailing daily regimens of physical and mental abuse at the hands of the nuns, this chilling memoir explains how the Roman Catholic Church kept the orphanage hidden from prying eyes, miles from any main thoroughfare, allowing mistreatment to continue for decades. Describing her life through adulthood and the decision to finally expose the injustices after more than 30 years, this courageous tale chronicles the lawsuit initiated by 45 survivors, the two years of litigation, and the first successful prosecution of a lawsuit against Roman Catholic nuns in the US for decades of abuse in an orphanage.

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"A harrowing account of the sexual, physical, and psychological abuse of orphans in a Roman Catholic orphanage and the subsequent legal action against the nuns and priest abusers as told by a survivor"--Provided by publisher.

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