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By Paul Connolly

While cops arrived abruptly at Paul Connelly's door, he discovered the stunning information that, out of the ten young children with whom he had shared a dormitory in care, purely have been nonetheless alive. The revelation unearthed painful stories of a adolescence that, until eventually this element, Paul had attempted desperately to place at the back of him. deserted there at weeks outdated, Paul got here of age within the notorious St. Leonard's kid's domestic in East London. the youngsters there have been sometimes abused, frequently over the process a long time. All have been underfed, unloved, and informed that they would volume to not anything. indignant and annoyed, Paul channeled his rage into boxing—but while an coincidence shattered his ambition to show specialist, he chanced on his actual calling and have become a winning coach, even operating as a specialist on Elle Macpherson's The physique video. Paul has ultimately came across peace and success past whatever he can have imagined all these years in the past. He now is helping to heal damaged our bodies, construct self belief, and rework lives—but he'll always remember his previous and the pointless sufferers of a damaged society.

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I felt that I needed to be with my friends because there was strength in numbers and I was glad when I was returned to the dunces’ corner. Skinny and undersized, ignorant and completely unaware of my potential, I was belligerent, bitter and angry way beyond my limited ability to verbalise those difficult feelings. Like the rest of the children in St Leonard’s, I had very good reason to be angry. The cottage that I was supposed to call home was far from being a refuge, offering violence and beatings instead of home comforts.

There was a pimple on his upper lip. His large paunch pushed against my skinny ribcage. I could smell the booze on his breath and the rank stench from his armpits. I was suspicious of him and I wasn’t going to take any chances. He was lucky he didn’t get an iron in the face. Instead, I drew out my knife – I always carried a knife down the back of my trousers – and went ballistic. ’ I shouted. ‘I’ll cut your fucking balls off. ’ Prescott started drunkenly backing away towards the neighbouring television room, gathering speed as he went.

These boys had been ‘saved’ by the police and social workers only to be sent to St Leonard’s where their bodies were once again fair game for the adults. But now they were not even getting any money in exchange for their favours, and they did not have the option of running away because, if they did, they would just be sent straight back again. Talk about out of the frying pan and into the fire. There were also teenage boys who were summoned to have sex with some of the female care workers, and who did not even mind, because who doesn’t like sex?

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