Abuse survivor Debbie sees her book published


A sex abuse survivor from Eastbourne who was raped by a neighbour when she was just nine years old has had her book published.

Debbie Grafham, a care worker who lives with her husband and three children in Roselands, and her sister Lorraine Delgiudice were both sexually abused as children and when their abuser Patrick Ryan was jailed last year for 12 years, both women waived their right to anonymity in a bid to help other women.

Debbie also wrote a book about her experiences called A Sister’s Secret, which was published yesterday (Thursday).

She also appeared as a guest on ITV’s breakfast show Lorraine this week.

Ryan, now 64, targeted the girls when he lived in the flat above their home in Blackheath, south-east London, in the 1970s.

Debbie was just nine and he told her he would leave her sister alone if she would take her place but he continued to abuse Lorraine who was seven.

The girls were abused for three years by Ryan but kept it secret for decades.

He was jailed for 12 years in June last year.

The book is published by Ebury Press and is available in paperback for £6,99.