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Preview — Tears of the Silenced by Misty Griffin
Tears of the Silenced: An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal, and Ultimate Survival
A true crime memoir: When Misty was six years old her family started to live and dress like the Amish. Misty and her sister were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch where they were subjected to almost complete...more
I did not put it in the book…moreThank you :) I pray it will open people's eyes and show them what can happen when you just brush off suspicions of abuse.
I did not put it in the book but after my sister and I went to the Amish community some Mennonites that had lived around us came to visit. They apologized to my sister and I for not stepping in to help. They said they knew we were being terribly abused and had thought about calling CPS but never did :(
Actually, if you think about it I am sure everyone knew, we didn't think they did but it was a tiny town and my mom and step-dad slipped up many times and were very mean to us in front of people. I am sure each person hoped someone else would do something...... But no one ever did.
<3 Misty <3 (less)
Hmmmm..... Top ten, I had so little life experience until I was almost 19. I don't know that I have 10…moreI am so sorry I just came across this question!
Hmmmm..... Top ten, I had so little life experience until I was almost 19. I don't know that I have 10 but here are some I can think of.
1. Picking up the National Geographic when I was 6, that is when I knew I wanted to be a missionary like the doctors I saw saving AIDS patients.
2. When I refused to obey my step-dad and attempted to run to the police.
3. Deciding to leave the Amish.
4. Getting my GED
5. Marrying my husband
6. Starting college.
I am sure I have more but cannot think of them at the moment. So sorry for the late reply
I tend to lean towards the latter. I was born and raised Swar ...more
1. Her "family" was not Amish. That she would blame that community for her trauma(s) is ridiculous and unsupported by any kind of fact. I'm sure there are cases of child abuse in Amish communities; just as there are vile cases in every strata of society. How did she end up in an Amish community anyway? To my knowledge ...more
Anyway, this book is painful to read. It's like trying to watch Slumdog Millionaire which I could not even handle because the child abuse would not end. I was like if one more child gets beaten and molested in this book... It made me want to jump into the book and just shoot her so-called parents who beat her endless and her ...more
What a crock of shite! For someone who "doesn't remember things well" because they fell head first into the mouth of a Dane at 4 and had suffered severe head injuries (don't even get me started on that flat out lie!) she sure remembers a lot, and in minute and graphic detail! And the claims of the FBI coming in and taking her from her mom and dad because they had a warrant for kidnapping, yet the parents weren't arrested? Lady, I want what ever it is that you've be ...more
From her claims to have a GED but yet failed the math section (Trust me, GED testing doesn't allow fo ...more
For years now we have romanticized the Amish as a group of people who have gone back to the basics in the most complete sense. That view almost precludes us from taking an in-depth look at what they are truly like, and some of the novels about Amish life hints at the dark side but fail to reveal what may be the actual truth. Over the last few years, differing views have been shown on television, and they caused me to choose Misty's book.
It is almost implausible that not one of the gov ...more
I read your book, my heart goes out to you and your Sister.
You are a true example of taking your tragedies and making them into stepping stones!
I am so glad you wrote your book, the outsiders need to know being Amish is not all a bed of roses.
I am so proud of you for taking a stand against the Bishop and the other Ministers, that Bishop and some of the others need to be thrown in jail and throw away the key!
Have you heard from your Sister?
<3 God Bless You <3
well, here it is. the top choice eligible for kindle unlimited, the obvious pinnacle of quality in the field.
Trigger Warning: Expand the following field for my usual flippant tone.
this might be the single worst book I have ever read. remember dave pelzer? remember saying "okay this is a little overwrought but he is helping people probably"? imagine that but now imagine the book was written with inelegant word choice at ...more
I am not Amish, nor do I know about the Amish in any great detail. I do have Mennonite co-workers and friends. My wife and I, with her brother and wife visited 'Amish' country in Ohio and in the hustle and bustle of my normal life, I will say that I liked what I saw an ...more
Whether this is true or not, I personally have never read any such thing. I imagine rape happens every where but to believe the Amish would be that cruel to the victim and easy on the rapist is really over the top. I couldn't read it all. Just because they say it is true, doesn't make it so.
Rape, incest, spousal, child, and animal abuse.
My heart goes out to the author and all the girls and women just like her, and the boys as well.
I should include the animals. I know for a fact the horses are starved and beaten into submission.
This book is educational, moving, and mostly inspirational. This is a novel every person should be required to read before being a teacher, a police office, a government employee that works with people. This books will open your eyes to the cults of the world and make people realize that an individual's image is not what a person really is, but what the want you to see.
The live that Misty and her siste ...more
This is always a prayer to God to stop any harm to children. It is unbelievable a parent can be so bad an let another hurt your child like this. I have come to realise humans are evil. I am thankful that she was so brave and finally got a break. She is certainly an inspiration an I hope more come to realise this is so wrong to hurt an abuse anyone. Thank you and may you o ...more
I started reading the free few chapters. Usually when I do I don't buy the book. This one I did. I shed tears in shock about what the author and her sister went through with her mom and step dad. It's just evil. But how she never lost hope or faith is inspiring. Then when she thought they were free by joining Amish community and turns out that she traded one horror for a different one. Misty is a fighter for what's right. And she never gave that up.
Misty- people like you are an inspiration to everyone and not just the ones who are abused. Experiences like yours help us appreciate the most common things in our life.
Thank you for turning the lifetime of horrible abuse into something that can inspire the readers.
It's always so horrible to hear good people suffering at the hands of evil, Amish community aside. No matter the religion, there will always be people there to try and abuse it for their own gain and to manipulate. I was elated when Misty left the church, and felt so proud of her for going to the police.
I've read some review complaining abo ...more
...to be punished for trying to stop a bad person was like being punched in the stomach after saying a person from drowning"
Very descriptive true story of 2 sisters life being raised Amish lifestyle by mental ill mother and step dad. The oldest (the author) begins to rebel at age 14 for the isolation, daily whipping, abuse, brainwashing, starvation and hard labor they have done since small age. She threatens to report all and the government checks they receive would ...more
While I realize that not all Amish sects are like this, being an insular community, things are rarely brought to light. Ms. Griffin made the correlation with cults. I find that the perfect comparison. I respect the right to religious freedom and outsiders should respect the traditions and customs of the Amish and not interfere. However, when crimes occur, there needs to be accountability and many agencies fear reprisals so they do not get involved. I feel tha ...more
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