The Letter
Ann Cusack, Sarah Sidebottom

The Letter

A woman who was repeatedly raped by both her father and her brother as a child has secured justice thanks to a forgotten letter.

 Sarah Sidebottom, 54, was raped and sexually abused by her father and brother who were jailed in 2022 for a total of 32 years.

 The first attack, when she was just three and a half years old, left Sarah needing surgery to repair internal damage.

A letter from her doctor proved crucial in securing a conviction for the abuse, which began almost 50 years go.

Sarah says: “I feel some justice that they are finally behind bars and other girls are now safe from them.

“No matter how difficult it is to report this type of crime, I want other victims to know that you can get justice.”


Book Details:

  • Author: Ann Cusack, , Sarah Sidebottom
  • On Submission
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 Ann  Cusack,

Ann Cusack,

Ann Cusack is a busy mother of three. She is a hard-working journalist and writer; helping people tell their stories to the world.   Ann works under her company name Focus Features and for the past 30 years has been supplying news and features to a wide range of national and international publications. Based in Manchester, she sources, develops, and writes original true-life material.  
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Sarah Sidebottom

Sarah Sidebottom

Sarah Sidebottom is a 54-year-old mother of two grown-up daughters. She lives in Barnsley, South Yorks, with her husband, Darren and her beloved dog, Kayla. She works as a project administrator and document controller and is also involved in Barnsley-based ‘Help 4 Homeless Veterans’ where Darren is a trustee.  
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