Donna Carson wanted the truth. They wouldn't give it to her. But when you've been set on fire, you don't take no for an answer. On Good Friday 1994, Donna Carson was beaten, doused in petrol, and set alight by her partner. She suffered first-degree burns to 65 per cent of her body and spent the next six months in hospital. Throughout, what kept her alive was the thought of her two young sons. But while she recuperated social services stepped in and took them away. Against all expectations, Donna recovered, but after her release from hospital, she suffered secondary abuse, this time at the hands of bureaucracy. She had to fight to regain custody of her children and then for the right to take the stand at her attacker's trial - at every step her questions were met with a wall of silence. In her search for answers, Donna uncovered a web of lies and deceit, conflicting evidence, missing records, negligent investigation and a whole lot of people who were suddenly struck deaf and dumb. "Judas Kisses" is the agonizing story of one woman's journey through her darkest days and into the light. It is a true account of what happens when victim turns survivor and demands to be heard.
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