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Tears of the Silenced

An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal, and Ultimate Survival
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
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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 isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence. Their stepfather kept a loaded rifle by the door at all times to make sure the young girls were too terrified to try to escape. They also knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people even knew they existed and did not know them well enough to care.

Amish sexual abuse: When Misty reached her teens, her parents feared she and her sister would escape and took them to an Amish community where they were adopted and became baptized members. Misty was devastated to once again find herself in a world of fear, animal cruelty, and sexual abuse. Going to the police was severely frowned upon. A few years later, Misty was sexually assaulted by the bishop. As Misty recalls, "Amish sexual abusers are only shunned by the church for six weeks, a punishment that never seems to work. After I was assaulted by the bishop I knew I had to get help and one freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. After reporting the bishop I left the Amish and found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card. To all abuse survivors out there, please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. Today, I am a nursing student working towards my master's degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story."  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Misty E. Griffin (P)2019 Tantor

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Tears of the silenced by M Griffin & C campbell<br />

It certainly gave me an opportunity to understand someone that is Amish. Cannot believe that they hold young girls is such low estime. But even the police were xso reluctant to get involved, and mothers allowed it to go on. Very good an eye opener for me. Will certainly look into the ways they treat their daughters.

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very said but eyes opening book

This book got me listening non stop, amazing story.
I totally recommend reading it .

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Good but very sad.

I read other opinions on this book and I disagree, I believe the story is true but poorly written, I don't know Amish culture really but I do know abuse and the after effects, this book isn't for everyone, I was frustrated at times, cried and smiled, I wish I had more time to write this review, if you like this kind of book and would like to know about the Amish ways give it a chance.

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Breathtaking

Have about 2000 audio books in my collection but never have I been so moved by this true account. Would love to here more from but feel she could never top this

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24-04-19

loved it!!

Will. deffentely pass this on. come from Mennonite background but noting like this happened to me but you hear whispers and know it's happening.

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  • Janalyn
  • 09-03-19

A terrible crime?

I usually not a fan of autobiographies. This although this is a very sad story I am suspect as to whether it is true or not. They have a lot of inconsistencies in the story from her being very naïve one minute to giving a lawyer advice as to why she shouldn’t testify in a child abuse case. Yes, I am Sirius! She one moment doesn’t know what a state ID is but the same day knows the difference between a four-year college and a city college. She claims to have started the harder pass your GED three times yet goes it take the test and doesn’t know what an essay is? Furthermore no one she says that abused her is in jail, went to jail or is waiting to go to jail. She says that every police she went to from Washington state to Minnesota to Wisconsin told her it was her word against her abusers and although I know that happens. In one instance she had seven eyewitnesses and claims the police still would do nothing. Even though she had bruises and again seven eyewitnesses! I am sure some of the story is true if not most of it I just feel if you going to make up one thing then it calls the rest into suspect.In any event it is good she is bringing to light sexual and physical abuse and the Amish community I know it runs rampant there as it does in the English world. I just don’t like being condescended to and I felt that is what she did. Again by pretending that they could not speak to their stepdad‘s relatives one of them who they lived with and could only sit and smile at the relatives at all times so as to Petray app Ines AN at six she is so far advanced that when her sister is crying because they were whipped hours before by their stepdad she pretends her and her sister were fighting and that is why her sister is crying. What a super smart six-year-old that is a very advanced six-year-old child. Again let me just say if half of the story is true then that’s a horrible childhood and teenage years this girl went through I just find it suspicious that no one is in jail no one went to jail ever at any time. Also the big reason they didn’t get in trouble is because the cops couldn’t go in the house due to their religious rights. I didn’t know religion superseded the law you’ll learn something new every day!

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  • Hampton
  • 17-10-19

Enlightening

A truly enlightening book on the abuse no one wants to see.


thank you misty.

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  • Janet K. Eagan
  • 05-10-19

powerful

Didn't want to stop my audible, what a great book. Proud of Missty for her brave actions.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-10-19

Wow

I’m at a loss for words on how courageous this woman is. This book brought me to tears. Thank you for sharing your story, Misty.

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  • Only in My Opinion
  • 15-09-19

My Eyes Have Been Opened

Thank you for sharing the tortured life's the children and other members of the Amish communities suffer. I have been brain washed to believe that this sect of people live a clean, holy, Christian life. To read your life story and all that you shared, I am shocked. I know it is not all Amish but even one sick person taking advantage of innocent children is to many.
Thank you for sharing your story. I am sure it will help many.
We must speak out against abuse!
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  • Clhmkg
  • 13-09-19

Starts slow but don’t give up

A great book- starts off slow but truly gets going and is a good book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-08-19

Tragic but amazing says it best

Awful story but such a strong woman with a strong her will and purpose. I only hope she is in contact with her aunt and uncle -they were her savior.....

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  • Junonki
  • 05-08-19

Holy Hell

Wow this story is one of bravery, sick parents and religious groups who protect their own. Sad but true parents could be so cruel. Great listen if you can stomach the cruelty.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-08-19

Would not recommend

Was looking for something similar to Educated because I could not put that book down. This was a disappointment. It was kind of a ramble at a few points. Would describe mundane things in great detail, then brush over what I felt were important parts of her story. Also I could not stand the narrator.