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  • Tears of the Silenced

  • An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal, and Ultimate Survival
  • By: Misty Griffin
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)

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Tears of the Silenced

By: Misty Griffin
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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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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Thought it would be better, but still ok

From reading the reviews I had higher expectations for this book, so was quite let down. Nevertheless, I listened until the end so it wasn’t terrible by any means. I suppose I expected more. The poor author had a terrible life, but unfortunately sensors so much of it, you can tell parts are missing, and it comes across very tame. If you have the opportunity to read the first edition instead, the one that sold hundreds and thousands of copies, personally I’d read that and give this one a miss altogether. Sorry audible, you backed the wrong version. The author even explains this version is highly edited.
The narrator was quite good as long as she wasn’t doing voices, particularly female voices, as they sound like children’s voices, and her interpretation and choice of expressing words, isn’t how I would have done it. For example, when the author writes “No!” She reads it as a timid child making a supposition. I felt like she was asking a question every time she spoke in a female character voice. It makes the author sound extremely passive and very unsure of herself the whole way through. It really bothered me. But her general reading voice is absolutely amazing.
Overall, don’t waste your time reading this version, read the first version of the book, she said it was on Amazon, and It sounds very good

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Brilliant

Thank you for sharing
Thank you for inspiring
Thank you for trying to change our word

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powerful and heart wrenching

hard to fathom that such abuse is happening in supposedly faith filled communities . I only hope the message gets as far and wide and the abusers are finally held to account.

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Couldn't stop listening

It's such an important story because of how much abuse is enabled by people around the victims, both knowingly and unknowingly. I couldn't put this down for a lot of the story, and I feel like a lot of silenced conversations are possible after hearing it.

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Amazing and Devastating

What an extraordinary life. Unbelievably sad but truly inspiring. I am left questioning how this is possible in today’s world. I wish the author peace. So so brave.

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Powerful and Poignant

Misty Griffin is an inspiration to all, not only for the tragic lives some of us endure but to everyone. She is my hero

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Incredible story

All the good words that I could write about this would not do this story justice. Inspiring yet heartbreaking read.

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The authors courage

Thank you to Misty for having the courage to write her memoir. It’s was shockingly brilliant.

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Bold and brave

Thankyou misty for your braveness and incredible story telling writing. Can only hope that your story helps girls like you

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Overcoming traumatic childhood

Beautiful book of triumph despite horrendous circumstances. What a courageous woman to do what she has done. Enlightening about a community not often the subject of attention. I truly hope the author finds peace and the authorities take any complaints within this community seriously.

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