United in the fight against child abuse, Shy Keenan and Sara Payne were voted Women of the Year for 2008. Their suffering brought them together, now they tell the story of the help they bring to other victims.
Shy Keenan and Sara Payne met because their lives had been destroyed by the same evil. Shy had finally won justice in a court of law, where her stepfather was sentenced to more than a hundred years in jail for the appalling sexual abuse to which he had subjected Shy and her sisters. Sara was grieving for her daughter Sarah, killed by paedophile Roy Whiting. The two women discovered that not only were they kindred spirits but that together, they made a formidable team in the fight against paedophilia.
Shy and Sara set up an organisation called Phoenix Survivors with the aim of advocating for and supporting victims and their families. Almost immediately, they were inundated by requests for their help. What they heard was heartbreaking, but Sara and Shy found the strength to fight for justice on others' behalf.
WHERE ANGELS FEAR tells the stories of many of those people whose lives have been shattered and celebrates the achievements of the incredibly brave and determined women helping to piece those lives back together.
For A MOTHER'S STORY:
'A heart-rending story, powerfully told.' - The Sunday Times
'Beaten, left for dead and raped from the age of four, but now a national campaigner - Shy Keenan, we salute you.' - Eve magazine
I found BROKEN very painful (in fact, I remain haunted by its contents). Shy is trying hard to make the world a safer place for my children. - Observer
Shy Keenan is an awarded Victim's Advocate who founded Phoenix Survivors to campaign for better child protection and justice, victims services and offender management. Her work has been recognised by the British government as a crucial part of the battle to protect children. She lives with her family in the countryside.
Sara Payne won the hearts of the country when she, with husband, Mike, appealed for the return of their missing daughter Sarah. The whole nation grieved when Sarah's body was found. When Sara found strength to campaign for the controversial Sarah's Law she again won respect and admiration. She works to prevent a similar tragedy happening again and lives with her family.
Sara was appointed an MBE in early 2009, and named as Victims' Champion for the government.
In 2008 both Shy and Sara were awarded Women of the Year for their work together as the Phoenix Chief Advocates.