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Tears of the Silenced: An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal, and Ultimate Survival

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Surviving child abuse, parental betrayal and sexual assault. Misty Griffin's courageous life story sheds light on the hidden, untold, stories of the MeToo movement.

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

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Published September 15th 2018 by Mango (first published December 22nd 2014)
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Misty Griffin Thank 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…more
Thank 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.
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Misty Griffin I 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…more
I 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
Blessings :)
Misty Griffin(less)
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John
Aug 26, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure whether to consider this a novel based on several actual abuse cases, or if its an autobiographical account with lavishly embellished events created in the authors mind to demonize and project her past abuse onto the Amish with impunity because the Amish are not very likely to dispute her story. The public is not very likely to actually demand facts but far too many will read it and take it at face value with out question

I tend to lean towards the latter. I was born and raised Swar
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Misty Griffin
Breaking the silence on Amish sexual abuse. My memoir about leaving the Amish
Kymberli Ward
Mar 29, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I give up. If this author had an horrific childhood, she has my deepest sympathies. However, this book is not only dreadful, but completely unbelievable. "Let me count the ways ..."

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
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Spider the Doof Warrior
Dammit. It did not save my review! That's so annoying. I'll have to write it all over again. I swear if I have to write one more thing over again I will turn into something.

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
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Jes Caruss
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wish I could give ZERO stars!

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
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BAC
A fabricated tabloid like story passing as a biography. Yes, child abuse does happen in Amish communities like it does in the world at large, trust me. HOWEVER using a sad aspect of humanity to sell books for your own gain not only takes away the attention and support for those who are abused but only make people less likely to believe those in Amish communities who come forward looking for help.

From her claims to have a GED but yet failed the math section (Trust me, GED testing doesn't allow fo
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Barbikat60
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to cry but I couldn't. This is a powerful book about child abuse and how abusers get away with their crimes. I'm glad the author escaped her misery but my heart aches for all of those who cannot escape their tormentors. A few Summers back, I attended a demonstration against a Satmar male therapist who molested a young girl under his professional care. Amish and Hasidic communities are insular and nobody talks about abuse. The government can't interfere allegedly but all these fundamenta ...more
Cathi Deal
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Horrifying!

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
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Mary
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-finsihing
Probably not fair to rate this book, but I stopped after reading only the very beginning. Something does not feel right in the telling. I am not at all discounting the author's experience - it is her own. That said, I acknowledge my own discomfort while reading it, and that, along with the unrelenting narrative of abuse has made me decide to put it down. I have read other books of survivors (I.e Glass Castle) that were much more readable, better edited, and rang truer to the writer's experience ...more
Liz Kauffman
Jan 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tears of the Silenced


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
andrew y
Mar 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
andrew's adventure in kindle unlimited-eligible titles, part 5:
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.
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J.P. Willson
This was an extremely difficult book to read. Not simply because of the content which in places was brutal but also because of the repetitiveness of the abuse. I do understand that this kind of abuse should not be tolerated under any circumstances but once having established the brutality of such there was no need to repeat the same thing over and over just because it happened over the course of many years. The first 150 or so pages were the same thing as the girls grew older the abuse continued ...more
Sue
Dec 19, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1, Not believable. Not worth wasting my time to review. Other negative reviews pretty much sum things up.
2.Poorly edited -- typos all over the place
Gbraden
I read this book, mainly because I went through an abusive childhood and I was intrigued by the Amish angle. I wanted to know about the abuse she endured as well as how she got to a place where she could write about her experience.

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
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Karen
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While I don't doubt what is written in this book is true, I also don't consider it typical of most of the Amish. Also, what happened with Brian and Misty's mother is most definitively not typical of the Amish as I would not consider them Amish, more like people pretending to be Amish and adopting some of their customs. Brian and his wife seem more like lazy, system beaters with sadistic personalities. I did find the book interesting and sad, but it was the most poorly edited e-book I have ever r ...more
Phyllis Stinson
Jul 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hum

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.
RRex
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book on what I already knew was going on in Amish communities across the country. I lived next door to one.

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.
Andrea Ginn Scott
Feb 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Tragic, sure. Well written, nope. Plenty of odd phrasing and moments to indicate perhaps less than authentic. I finished it because I finish things.
Audrey
Oh it was awful, awful, awful what Misty had to endure as a child and words cannot describe how it sickened and angered it made me. I could hardly put the book down as I waited impatiently to find how she ever got out of he ordeal. Instead it seemed to go from bad to worse. First she and her sister, along with a mentally handicapped aunt and a grandmother with dementia, were horribly abused by her mother and step-father. Then has teenagers the girls were sent to live in an Amish community. Their ...more
Toni Marie
May 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly amazing story! Everyone should read this story and learn from the author, Misty Griffin.

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
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Maggie
This is a self-published book, which became apparent after only a few chapters. I verified that and then read with great skepticism because with self-publication there is no fact checker. I don't totally disbelieve the verbal and physical abuse, but I don't fully believe it either. Memory is too fluid and easily changed by things which occurred before or after the event, but suddenly seem in one's memory of have happened on the same day. I'm not Amish nor ever lived near an Amish group, but I ha ...more
julie
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was unbelievable story. Made me sad,angry for any abuse especially to children. This is an old an always a prayer to God

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
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cimona
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing and heartbreaking

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.
Kanika Gupta
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first insight into the Amish culture but not the very first in sexual abuse.
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.
Kathy Koehn
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My review


Very Good book. Sad and riveting. I was also once a member of a group who covers up abuse. :(
Catherine Watson
I found this book absolutely fantastic, I couldn't put it down until I was finished! The events that unfolded were tragic, but unfortunately not surprising.

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
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Dawn
Oct 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won't be reading any more of those sweet little fiction "Inspirational Amish" paperbacks I was so fond of. My blinders are off! I no longer idealize the Amish as BIBLE QUOTING, Bible following people. NO! EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK! From 0-22% of the story Misty is raised by psychopaths/criminals who are running from the law and still obtaining benefits. They pose as Amish, dress it, but aren't part of the Amish community at all and live isolated up in the mountains. The girls are horrific ...more
Jeannie
Feb 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book I would title "The Other Side of Forgiveness" , as it tells the story of a strict Amish sect in Wisconsin who insists that men (even deacons or bishops) who sexually abuse children and adolescents, or unmarried girls, must confess their sin. This is usually iin general terms, such as "I committed a sin of the flesh"--then, because of their confession, the church, victim and all, are bound to forgive them. The victim gets no relief, as the abuser is put under the Bann (shunned for a per ...more
Patsy
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Secrets in the Amish lifestyle

...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
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Maureen Shields Jacobs
Gripping & Absolutely Eye Opening

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
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When Misty left the Amish she had a bare second grade education and suffered severe PTSD caused by the horrifying abuse she suffered as a child and later at the hands of the Amish bishop.Today, ten years later she is a nursing student, wife and a PTSD/Child Abuse awareness activist.


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