Surviving Severe Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Leaving the Amish Church
In May 2022 Misty Griffin released #invisible, a petition calling on congress to take action and help abused children in religious communities. It is currently gaining momentum and national media attention.
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A gripping story that takes you on the journey of a child abuse and sexual assault survivor turned activist. (Photo gallery included).
True story of child abuse. 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 physical violence. Their step-father kept a loaded rifle by the door to make sure the young girls were too terrified to attempt escape. No rescue would ever come since the few people who knew they existed did not care.
Sexual abuse among the Amish. 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. "…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 a strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card." Ultimately Misty graduated nursing school and currently works as an activist for abused children.
Inside learn how:
- A cycle of abuse can be broken
- Abuse was not your fault
- Moving forward is possible
Read true crime books and child abuse true stories like Educated, A Child Called It, The Family Next Door, or Etched In Sand? Then Tears of the Silenced is a must-read.
“Despite a lifetime of following restrictive rules and a cloistered childhood, Griffin gathered her courage and took the unusual and brave step to go to the police to report the bishop–and would ultimately leave the Amish. Now 36, Griffin is married and a nursing student working toward her bachelor’s degree on the West Coast, and is the author of the newly updated book, Tears of the Silenced: An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal and Ultimate Survival.’” ?The Daily Mail
“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 be 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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