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Some people’s life journey is so sad and full of obstacles and difficulties that we can’t help but shed a tear or two when hearing what they had to put up with and what they had to endure.

Maureen Wood, who is now married and a mother of five, has a chilling story to share.

The horror she suffered is unthinkable. She was only eight years old when her life changed completely. She remembers the day when she was for the first time abused by her older brother. It was a day like any other. The family was outside having a water fight when Maureen went inside the house to change her clothes. It was then that her brother entered the bathroom and started touching her. Although she was young, she knew what he did was terribly wrong, but she didn’t have the courage to speak out.

Posted by Crime Alert on Tuesday, 5 January 2016

The abuse continued, and one day, around a year after it started, Maureen’s stepfather walked in to see her brother abusing her. “I felt relieved – because I thought he would stop it. I thought he would look after me,” Maureen recalled, as per The Mirror. Sadly, things turned even worse as the stepfather started abusing her too.

When her mother learned what was going on, Maureen, who was 10 at that point, believed her struggles would end. “I hoped against hope that my mum might step in and help me. But she walked into my bedroom and called me a ‘little wh**e.'”

The cruel mother became part of the abuse herself.

“They used to make me sleep in their bed, between them, and they took it in turns to abuse me. My mum helped to get me ready for when my step-dad would rape me,” Maureen said, as per The Mirror.

Posted by Crime Alert on Tuesday, 5 January 2016

At the age of 13, Maureen got pregnant with her brother’s baby. She was still just a girl, and her mom only cared about what people would say in case they learned her daughter was carrying a child.

Maureen gave birth to a baby boy, Christopher, who only lived for a month.

“I adored him with all of my heart and for the first time in my life, I felt what love was.”

“When he died, I felt like my life had ended, my world had finished. He was the only person I truly loved,” Maureen told The Mirror. “It was raining the day we buried him. I felt like the heavens were crying with me and I just wanted to die.”

After Christopher’s death, Maureen’s brother and mother stopped abusing her, but she was still a victim of her step-father until she ran away from home when she turned 16.

It took Maureen years to find the courage to share her story and seek justice for everything she had to endure. At the age of 37, she went to court. However, she was asked for a proof, so this brave woman was forced to dig up her late baby’s body to be examined. The DNA sample showed that Maureen’s brother was indeed Christopher’s father. “It was almost as if Christopher was watching over me, helping my court case. He was – and still is – my guardian angel,” Maureen said.

Posted by Maureen Catherine Wood on Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Maureen got to see her brother sentenced to two years in jail, while her mother and her step-father were jailed for nine years and sixteen years respectively.

The chilling story was shared in Maureen’s book A Family Secret: My Shocking True Story of Surviving.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, now 51-year-old Maureen said that writing the book helped her close that chapter of her life and encouraged her to move forward.

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