Jenny Tomlin's childhood was brutal and miserable as she grew up suffering extreme poverty, domestic violence and sexual abuse from her father, and neglect from her mother. Her only allies at home were her brother and sister and their great aunt, who would often provide a temporary comfortable home. From the age of four, Jenny and her siblings would scavenge for food and rarely receive a decent meal at their home. Their father started conning benefits from the welfare state and would earn extra money by selling the children's birthday presents.
As Jenny grew up she gained more confidence in fighting her father's tyranny and found warmth in her circle of friends, but also became aware of how some men would see her, as an object. Her father's abuse became increasingly worse, including molesting her in a pornographic video. When she was sixteen she became engaged to a kind young man who gave her the affection she had never gained from her father, but they separated after their daughter ( who was later to become Martine McCutcheon) was born. Her third husband is still with her today.
In her young adult life, Jenny's father died without apologising to his family for his behaviour and her mother was no better. Since then, the children had learned to cope with each other's love without their parents.
This report prepared by Liza Rosette