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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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Summary

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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Great read.

Great read. What a brave lady. I love this book and I'd highly recommend.💯

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Thoughtful

Not the normal book I would listen too but how sad how can anyone suffer so much in a life time, the cruelty of people in the world especially to the young and vulnerable really makes you wonder, this book was so sad. Well done to Misty Griffen for telling her story and always listen to your instincts and report to the the athorities the narrator was first class.

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Unmissable

Truly unforgettable.. thought provoking and shocking. made me view the Amish in a totally different way. Beautifully and heartbreakingly conveyed.

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Tears of the silenced by M Griffin & C campbell

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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  • P. Stein
  • 19-09-20

Incredible story. Wonderful narration.

This is a tremendous book. I agree with your old English professor. You made me feel like I was there. The book was very well written, and the narrator was terrific. A bad narrator kills a good book. Is your original much longer e-book available anywhere? A lot of your audience would be interested in it. Congratulations on your powerful 5 star book.

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  • Felisa Kay Chaloupek.
  • 15-09-20

Author is definitely dedicated

The performance as great. The author has edited out details, as she tells you at end. Misty, I think too many people judged you into taking out content. Its my only critique. The content seems absolutely legit, but I think the author edited out a bit too much, due to comments from people who found if easy to judge her. And she has to add things to defend herself from unknowing people. Which is silly. Cause people can say someone should do something but that don't make it possible. I found this book easy to read and written in a flowing manner, I recommend it. And i send strength out to anyone in any similar situation.

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  • Susan E. Corney
  • 04-06-20

Outstanding Book

Riveting and so insightful, I too was an ignorant person who thought the Amish were true Christians...I’m sure many are but the abuse is absolutely disgusting. Praise the glory of God that saved Misty and all she has accomplished. I want to help now and be part of the solution...Misty just give me the best way and I’ll be there❤️

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  • Teresa
  • 03-03-20

Touching and eye opening

I prefer true stories to fiction. As sad as this story was, I was amazed to hear this was going on. I had always idealized the Amish. I know there are bad apples in every group and good apples. The story was well presented. God bless this young woman.

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  • Lucian Goodson
  • 16-02-20

Heartbreaking story that everyone should read.

This is the true story of a young woman from a wildly dysfunctional family that suffered decades of abuse: physical, emotional, sexual, and spiritual, from her family and 'Church.' Riveting narration by Cassandra Campbell, and expertly crafted story line.

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  • IndyMcDuff
  • 13-06-19

Absolutely excellent

Once I started listening I was so hooked. This is one of the most excellently done books ever I would put it up there with Angela's ashes is so well written with so much heart, so well performed that I could not stop and stayed up all night

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  • LVL
  • 29-04-19

Reminded me of Educated

Similar to Educated in that it is a memoir of childhood trauma with redemption. Narrator is awesome!

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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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  • sherri cox
  • 05-03-19

Don’t waste your time.

This is one of the worst books I have ever bought. It drags on and on with no real point to the story.

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