Praise for Where Are You Mom? Touched By Evil
"Courtemanche writes that she felt powerless in her youth. She was trapped in a home where she was sexually abused by her stepfather and ignored by her mother, who had also been abused. To help herself heal and to break the chain of trauma, Courtemanche banded together with her sisters in adulthood to contact Canadian law enforcement officers and have her stepfather prosecuted. But addressing her mother’s failure to protect her and her siblings required a different type of action...This book contains graphic details of repeated sexual violence against children. Written from a point of view of a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, they encompass physical, emotional, and intellectual suffering as a result of gruesome acts... Courageous in describing past abuses, the memoir Where Are You Mom? reflects the lasting impacts of childhood trauma."
– Foreword Clarion Review
"The frankness of the personal experiences, of the abusive encounters, are rarely heard about in our society. But, when you read this book, it draws the reader into the moment, giving a perspective rarely captured by your imagination, of the fear and emotions felt by victims of not only domestic abuse, but any type of child exploitation. To have gone through such abuse and pull your life together, is a witness to the human spirit."
- Amazon Reviewer
"Great book that was written to help others in any and every walk of life. 10 out of 10 recommend."
"This was a very sad story. At times I wanted to punch Bernie in the face!! It's so scary that there are human beings that are so evil. It is very important to seek help for your mental health. And to know it's not your fault."
" A sad riveting story. After reading Anne-Marie's account of her young life on Santala Road I am moved beyond words. I find your story absolutely devasting. We knew you were all struggling but not in the manner in which you wrote in your book. I remember all you children being wide-eyed, anxious to please, and I must say quite unkept. 50 some years later and I keep saying to myself, why didn't I buy them hats and mitts, why didn't I feed them lunch, why didn't I offer them a warm place to sleep. Where was the church? Where were the teachers? Where were the Neighbour's? Where were the family's friends. Questions unanswered that will forever haunt me. What courage you have, Anne-Marie."
"Where Are You Mom? Deeply disturbing, horrific and difficult to read! How she survived this is beyond me...I can only wish her the best and wish I could hug her...she's very brave and deserving of so much more."
"I loved everything about this book. Only 1/3 of the way through, but it is an attention keeper...very well written."
"This book will make you very emotional, realize a lot of things, with so many eye-opening moments. Hope this book helps and heals [people who went thru a similar life."