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

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

by Misty Griffin

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A “stunningly written memoir” that takes you on the journey of a child abuse and sexual assault survivor turned activist. Photo Gallery included (Medium).

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When Misty Griffin 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 and subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence. Their stepfather kept a loaded rifle by the door to make sure the young girls were too terrified to try to escape. No rescue would ever come since the few people who knew they existed did not care.

When Misty reached her teens, her parents feared she and her sister would escape and took them to an Amish community. Devastated to again find herself in a world of fear, cruelty, and abuse, Misty was sexually assaulted by the bishop. After she escaped and reported the bishop, she found herself alone in a modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card.

Misty has a message for abuse survivors: “Please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. This is my story of survival and moving past the abuse to embrace my dreams.” In June 2019 Misty graduated nursing school. She continues to work to raise awareness about child abuse and sexual assault.

“A testament to the courage, fortitude and power of one young woman to take back her life.” —Becca Anderson, author of The Book of Awesome Women

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633539327
Publisher: Mango Media
Publication date: 09/15/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 332
Sales rank: 5,908
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

In spring of 2005 Misty left the Amish, she left with nothing but the clothes on her back, a few other belongings and with barely a third-grade education. For years Misty suffered severe PTSD which was caused by the horrifying abuse she suffered as a child, and later when being effectively “given away” to the Amish and put in the hands of the very abusive Amish bishop. Today, thirteen years later Misty is a nursing student, a Child Sexual Abuse activist, wife and successful author of several books, including this one. For more on Misty and her current books, please go to www.tearsofthesilenced.com

Table of Contents

Preface 13

Prologue 14

The Beginning of a Nightmare 17

Engulfed by a Shadow 27

Forgotten by the World 37

Seasons of Sorrow 47

Tortured 51

A New Victim 59

Face of Evil 77

The Community 83

Uniformity: The Loss of Identity 101

The Ordnung 111

Silenced 121

Personal Convictions 131

Freedom from Prosecution 141

Ancient Traditions 157

Farced to Forgive 169

The Baptism 177

An Amish Wedding 183

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing 201

A Visit from the FBI 207

The Bishop's Maid 215

Poisoned 227

Silenced No Longer 235

Leaving the Amish 253

Shunned 265

A Modern World 275

The Bishop Escapes 281

A Voice from the Past 295

Revisiting a Childhood Nightmare 309

Going Back for My Sister 321

The Sting of Being Shunned 329

Acres of Heartache 341

Christmas in Seattle 349

The Last Thirteen Years 357

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Misty Griffin's memoir, Tears of the Silenced, is a story of hope and heart-healing. Having survived and even thrived after a childhood of sexual abuse and brutal betrayal - first at the hands of her parents and then in an Amish community. As a teen with only a 2nd grade education she escaped enslavement. This is truly a story, from the inside - outside, of transformation and re-birth.A must read for everyone who has ever felt imprisoned by others as well as by their own beliefs. Read this and allow Misty's courage to light your way to a healed heart and a life of passion and purpose.”
―Susyn Reeve, Author of Heart Healing: The Power of Forgiveness to Heal a Broken Heart

“Misty Griffin is an awesome woman. I am amazed by her story, which is harrowing but needs to be told and must he heard and heeded. Tears of the Silenced is a testament to the courage, fortitude and power of one young woman to take back her life; moreover to save her own life. I am deeply inspired.”
―Becca Anderson, author of The Book of Awesome Women and Prayers for Hard Times”

“Reading this woman’s story and hearing everything she had to overcome is mind-bending and is nothing like you’d expect from a community that seems to fascinate the nation. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that would like a better look into the world of the Amish and into the world of a woman who should be an inspiration to us all.” ―Sara Finn, Medium

“The surface of this memoir is shocking and heartbreaking. At its core, it is an inspirational tale of a young girl’s determination in the face of unspeakable cruelty. We cry with Misty and we also celebrate with her the strength of the human spirit to overcome horrific obstacles. Her story is a dual call to action: Pursue your dreams even in the face of adversity, and step up to make this world a safer place for the vulnerable and defenseless.
― Marlena Fiol, PhD, author of Love is Complicated: A Memoir of Healing

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