I'm Not Your "Baby": An Australian woman's tortured life of sexual harassment and assault

By Joy Jennings

Biography & memoir, General non-fiction | Paperback, eBook


In this suspenseful and riveting memoir about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Australian beach girl, Joy faces the battle of her life against the not-so-friendly bronzed Aussie bloke. Through her raw, dark stories of frightening sexual assaults, shocking rapes, non-stop abuse, violation and street harassment, Joy Jennings shares of how she tried to make her way in her coastal home town, while being hounded, followed and tormented at every turn. Her powerfully moving story throws you into a world of tradies, hoons and bogans, who behave in the world’s most vile, vulgar and sexist of ways. With her candid and compelling recollections of being choked to within an inch of her life, having her car window smashed into her face, being stalked and having men rip the very clothes from her body, this memoir will not only keep you captivated, but also astonish you with every page. Readers will be taken on an unrelenting ride as they share Joy’s emotional journey. I’m Not Your “Baby” will have you fighting for our author who, with a determined heart, never gives up hope of finding love, peace and ultimate happiness. This is not a story about demonizing the Australian male, but one that humanizes the victims.


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In this suspenseful and riveting memoir about a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Australian beach girl, Joy faces the battle of her life against the not-so-friendly bronzed Aussie bloke. Through her raw, dark stories of frightening sexual assaults, shocking rapes, non-stop abuse, violation and street harassment, Joy Jennings shares of how she tried to make her way in her coastal home town, while being hounded, followed and tormented at every turn. Her powerfully moving story throws you into a world of tradies, hoons and bogans, who behave in the world’s most vile, vulgar and sexist of ways. With her candid and compelling recollections of being choked to within an inch of her life, having her car window smashed into her face, being stalked and having men rip the very clothes from her body, th...


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Joy Jennings was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. At seventeen, Joy and her family moved to Queensland where she spent over thirty years living on the Gold Coast. Following in the footsteps of her father, published author and newspaper columnist, Joy realized her own talents as a writer with the debut of her artfully crafted memoir. Joy currently resides in Ontario, Canada. It is Joy's hope that through her work, she can educate young women on how to help protect themselves against sexual harassment or assault. It is Joy's even bigger hope that her memoir will change the attitudes and behaviour of males, not only in Australia but worldwide, and bring about social change.


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Joy Jennings was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. At seventeen, Joy and her family moved to Queensland where she spent over thirty years living on the Gold Coast. Following in the footsteps of her father, published author and newspaper columnist, Joy realized her own talents as a writer with the debut of her artfully crafted memoir. Joy currently resides in Ontario, Canada. It is Joy...


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The benefits of reading I'm Not Your Baby

9 February

The benefits of reading this memoir and why should you care. 1. You will travel on a journey deep into the land downunder in a fascinating, shocking and surprising look into the darker, yet brighter side of Australia. What happens right out in the blatant open of brilliantly sunlit days of this tropical coastal town will both disturb and intrigue you. 2. Become immersed in the unique Aussie jargon. A language full of colloquialisms, rhyming slang, idioms and popular expressions like “Wanna root?” and “Waddya reckon?”. Some will charm you while some will simply repel you. 3. Encounter a colourful yet shady troupe of characters with tradies, hoons, coasties and bogans interacting with the one that you’ll care about the most, our delightful yet beleaguered author. 4. Extend your vision into another’s real life experiences and point of view. Gain new insight and understanding about how our main character views the world and develop a new appreciation for women and their every day challenges regarding men. 5. For any woman who has been through just one or any number of similar experiences in this memoir, they will not only feel a strong sense of connection with the author but will resonate a feeling of validation and support. Any woman from sexual assault survivors to victims of any kind of sexual harassment will share a common bond and sisterhood with our storyteller. It can be triggering and difficult to read for those at times, but will feel comforted by the fact that they are not alone. 6. Men, particularly young men, will develop a much greater understanding of how women really feel about the male gender and what they are repelled by. It will encourage every male to be a better man and to modify certain attitudes and behaviours if they are guilty. It is definitely a what not to do book. 7. For parents of girls of any age, you will be given a huge wake up call. The stories told in this book will prompt you to talk to your daughters (and sons) about the dangers of male predators. You will realize the importance of advising them to speak out if sexually harassed or assaulted and to reassure them not to fear reporting against any sexual crimes. 8. Be inspired by the determination of our main character as she tries to remain positive, seeking the life she wants despite her constant battles, difficult challenges, trauma and endless set-backs. 9. Gain an admiration for the author’s courage and bravery of speaking out. Some memories evoke fear and shame, which tries to convince us to lock our thoughts away and never reveal them. It requires great courage to share such memories with the world and the colossal task of this journey of life to literature is most evident here. For more visit www.imnotyourbaby.com


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The benefits of reading this memoir and why should you care. 1. You will travel on a journey deep into the land downunder in a fascinating, shocking and surprising look into the darker, yet brighter side of Australia. What happens right out in the blatant open of brilliantly sunlit days of this tropical coastal town will both disturb and intrigue you. 2. Become immersed in the unique Aussie jargon. A language full of colloquialisms, rhyming slang, idioms and popular expressions like “Wanna root?” and “Waddya reckon?”. Some will charm you while some will simply repel you. 3. Encounter a colourful yet shady troupe of characters with tradies, hoons, coasties and bogans interacting with the one that you’ll care about the most, our delightful yet beleaguered author. 4. Extend your v...


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