Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System


Non-Fiction - Autobiography
120 Pages
Reviewed on 10/08/2014
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Author Biography

Expert in working with youth and adults transitioning from crisis to stabilization.



As President of Sunny Love LLC, my commitment is working to transform our society. We do this by helping others to see the other side of conflict through dialogue. It has been my experience and expertise to be able to help anyone come out with a win/win scenario and all will be satisfied.

For so many years I believed because of my own abusive lifestyle, no one else understood such pains. But in exploring many different types of engagement strategies - we can all change our mindsets.

It has been such a privilege to be able to be taught by one of the best in the trauma informed care arenas how to work with women and youth who have been traumatized. And then to go out into community and deliver those services directly to women, who many times had lost custody of their children through making bad choices. If we teach that which we understand, it is better received by those living under those circumstances.

Today I also work with youth in alternative setting providing healthy relationships workshops, girls group, and restorative justice techniques and cognitive thinking skills. This way the youth are able to identify and work on changing behaviors that would normally remove them from school. But what I have learned through my work is that removing them from a school setting, only gives them time to continue those behaviors without direction.

Today working with youth struggling through their own crisis, gives them time to own their wrongs and make peace with those they might not see eye to eye with. It is our responsibility to help bridge the gaps parents might not have been able to establish.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite

Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System is the autobiography of Sunny Love, an adult survivor of child abuse. Sunny was six years old when her stepbrother raped her. For the next five years, her stepfather and stepbrothers continued their reign of sexual abuse. Upon the death of her mother, Sunny and her brother Toby went to live with their father. Their stepmother seemed to enjoy beating her and did so at every opportunity. Her stepmother was an overweight, lazy woman that lay around while forcing Sunny to do all the housework. This was not a punishment for Sunny’s point of view. She loved order and neatness and did not mind cleaning. She became pregnant when her boyfriend raped her. Her stepmother insisted she have an abortion or give the baby up for adoption but Sunny refused. Sunny gave birth to five children and continued to make bad decisions throughout her life. She did what she had to in order to support her family, from working as an exotic dancer to a massage therapist. She heard a wake-up call when she was accused of prostitution and acquitted. That one moment and several years of therapy caused her to turn 180 degrees. She is now an advocate for those who have been incarcerated and those leaving abusive situations.

Author Sunny Love bares her soul in her book Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System. My soul ached for the child that was so tortured. Her stepbrother and step-father stole her childhood. Then the repeated beatings from her stepmother were horrendous. While most of this book tells of the horror of Sunny’s life, it also tells of the triumph. She overcame the abuse and said goodbye to the men who would hold her back. She writes this book to give others hope for the future. I admire Sunny Love for her strength and courage.

Ron Bell

I have known Mary for over 15 years. She is an excellent speaker, teacher, trainer, and organizational consultant. She is very talented. She is very respected in the community. She was an active participant in Southside Community Focus, a Mpls based community organizing group.

She is an excellent keynote speaker. She is an excellent counselor.

Bruce Myles

Great job old friend!! keep on moving and touching as many life's as you can. You and your story is so needed by so many who may not other wise be heard.

Thanks Kid!!You are making me proud!!!

Ashira Adwoa

Mary Whitney tells her story of the abuse she endured as a child and how this effected her behavior as an adult. Her story of sexual abuse is familiar to many which makes this a book worthy of reading. This page turner will enable you to see that you are not alone. Reading Mary's life story confirms that you can be healed and this too shall pass.

Audrey Clausen

I have recently read Mary awesome book Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System this book was so compelling, open and honest. I couldn't put it down had I completed the book in a day! Thank you for inspiring me to continue my mission to help others! Be Blessed

Karla Douthard

I have now completed reading two books by My lovely sister in Christ " Dr.Mary Whitney" , the first book was "Robbed of a Childhood, Raped by the System " and the second book. " An Incomplete Story of a Whole Person".
I want to say if you're going through something and wanted to give up, trust me read these two books. No matter what ! And seeing how God will see you through! Thank you Mary for trusting God to see you through for me and others in Jesus Name Amen. God has truly transformed your life! Thank you so much for sharing and Encouraging myself and others just hold on to God and He will bring you through!

Karla Douthard

When you read a like this , sometimes you need it twice! Remember hat you can made it through anything. The power of this Beautiful woman struggle encourages other women to believe in themselves and know that God is Forgiving, loving and kind and He will come to your rescue. When I first read this book I couldn't put it down and here iam again picking it up again . Saying to myself if Mary can hold on until God her how Beautiful and Blessed she is, then I can too! Thank you for Encouraging me and women to hold on in Jesus Name Amen. Powerful and Encouraging!!