Tears of the Silenced

Tears of the Silenced

A True Crime and An American Tragedy : Severe Child Abuse and Leaving the Amish

eBook - 2018
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Misty Griffin's story - Surviving child abuse, parental betrayal, sexual assault, and Amish cruelty. 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." If you have read Scared Selfless, A Child Called It, The Sound of Gravel, or Etched In Sand, then Tears of the Silenced is a must read.
Publisher: [United States] : Mango Media, 2018
ISBN: 9781633539327
1633539326
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: hoopla digital

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Dec 14, 2018

I probably need to stop spending time with these Kindle freebies. By and large they really are pretty bad.

The writing in this one wasn't as bad as the last one I read (something about the Colonial Parkway murders in the 80s... Ugh it was awful), but it still feels like something written for a high school English class, which I suppose makes sense given her lack of a formal education. This book was either edited poorly or not edited at all, not sure which.

If I had a nickel for every sentence in this book structured as "I blah blah blah..." I could fully fund my pension. Entire paragraphs were composed this way. The author claims she had a college professor who spotted her writing talent and encouraged her to become a writer. Oh boy... She does seem adept at being able to toot her own horn in spots, like when mentioning how much more slim and shapely her figure is in comparison to other Amish girls. Sigh.

I cracked up at how she censors what she considers to be profanity: "a*s" and "h**l" and perhaps my favorite, the hard hitting "j*rk." No F-bombs here folks!

The story? I do not doubt for a second she suffered abuse. Serious and horrific emotional, physical, sexual abuse. But there are some parts of her story that don't quite add up. Like the part about the FBI coming after her parents for kidnapping, but then letting them off the hook... Yeah that does not ring true. Also the FBI picking up somebody for not registering as a sex offender. When does the FBI get involved in that? How about NEVER. That is handled at the local level. She manages to earn a GED in record time but has only a rudimentary understanding of math. Really? She teaches herself to ride a bike in a matter of minutes, then despite not understanding even the most basic aspects of modern life she rides off into traffic. Her family bought her the cheapest bus ticket for her trip to Wisconsin, even though they seems to be solidly middle class. Very strange. There are enough inconsistencies to make me wonder about the veracity of many of her details. I suspect she has embellished a bit.

It's worth mentioning her parents were not actually Amish... They were a familial cult that just embraced some aspects of Amish life. My guess is both her parents suffered from schizophrenia, but that's just a guess. And certainly the abuse she suffered when living with the Amish was abhorrent, but hardly surprising. The Amish, like all religions, fall somewhere on the cult spectrum... But probably more extreme than generally acknowledged by the public because of their seemingly pious outward behavior. I think perhaps a more interesting angle to the story would have been to draw some parallels between the Amish and other more "high profile" cults. The story is heartbreaking though. In the hands of a better skilled writer this could have been a really good read.

In general, this was an adequate time waster while I wait for holds on better books from the library... It feels like the author is still working through a lot of emotional issues, and this book might be a bit of axe grinding. So read this at your own risk I suppose.

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