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Tears of the Silenced: A True Crime and an American Tragedy; Severe Child Abuse and Leaving the Amish

One freezing morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. I was a frightened Amish girl with nowhere to go, a second-grade education and no ID or social security card…

Based on the tragic true story.

When I was six years old my family started to live and dress like the Amish. My sister and I were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch wher

Based on the tragic true story.

When I was six years old my family started to live and dress like the Amish. My sister and I were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch where we were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence. My step-father kept a loaded rifle by the door at all times and we were to terrified to try to escape.We knew that no rescue would ever come because only a couple of people even knew we existed and they did not know us well enough to care.

In my late teens, my parents feared we would escape and took us to an Amish community where we were adopted and became baptized members.I was devastated to once again find myself in a world of fear, animal cruelty and sexual abuse.Going to the police was forbidden. A few years later I 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. When I refused to recant my police report I was excommunicated from 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, ten years later, I am a nursing student working towards my Masters degree and a child abuse awareness activist. This is my story…
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    John

    Aug 26, 2015

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    I am not sure whether to consider this a novel based on several actual abuse cases, or if its an autobiographical account with lavishly embellished events created in the authors mind to demonize and project her past abuse onto the Amish with impunity because the Amish are not very likely to dispute her story. The public is not very likely to actually demand facts but far too many will read it and take it at face value with out question

    I tend to lean towards the latter. I was born and raised Swar

    I tend to lean towards the latter. I was born and raised Swartzentruber Amish and one thing is for certain. This is NOT a true story as the author implies. There are far too many discrepancies for it to be even remotely legit in that aspect and for me to take many of her accusations serious. She has definitely suffered abuse and I am sorry she had to endure that but it doesn’t give her the right to fabricate an account and claim it to be true. I have since left the Amish but will always acknowledge the good of the community.

    The Swartzentrubers do not accept and raise any children from an outside family for one. They do not ‘elect’ Bishops, they are chosen by ‘lot’. There is no ‘engagement’ period in the Swartzentrubers as she suggests, and the list goes on. Hexing buggy wheels so they cant move and have to walk to church, using dark magic to open cupboards are claims so far fetched, its simply not believable to a person with any degree of logic, especially for someone that has any real knowledge of the Amish. In her narrative she was told to choose an ‘Amish’ name and then uses names like ‘Phyllis’ for her Amish characters. I never heard of an Amish person with that name, even in the more progressive groups. I mean I get it that she is trying to paint a picture to put the Amish in a bad light but she is so over the top and embellishes so badly it gets almost laughable at times. One thing I can agree with her on is the romance novels written about the Amish by non Amish authors who project their own idealistic Puritanical ideas into them try and pass them off as fact, are giving the general public a false sense of reality about Amish life.

    There are social and sexual deviants within the Amish as in any group. There is a need for awareness within the Amish but writing blatant sensationalism will not help that at all. As a matter of fact, I am not sure which disadvantages the abused within the Amish more, the Amish fiction that paints it as a perfect Puritanical life or this one that sensationalizes it into the fiction category and makes it totally unbelievable.

    The book is rather drawn out and repetitive and somewhat poorly edited. Although I am sure if she reduced it to mere fact and used a credible, mainstream publisher and left the fiction out, it would not have made enough of a story to sell. Adding the Amish element to it definitely made it more sellable and shocking. Its somewhat choppy and almost seems like it was written in parts by different personas. I found it interesting that while she was in the first section of the book where she describes ‘mama’ and Brian and all the Sadistic abuse they subjected her to, she then quoted Octave Mirbeau. I would think someone writing a book under the pretense of being an advocate for abused children would want to refrain from even mentioning Mirbeau

    It is difficult to believe every adult in her life was such a monster. Her plotline and events are so sketchy and vague and With the blatant discrepancies in the way she describes some things that I know because of the way I was raised, to be untrue, I really don’t know what, if anything she says, to believe. There are only several Swartzentruber settlements in Minnesota and I have uncles and cousins in each one. No one there has ever heard of her claims and with good reason. It never happened
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    Misty Griffin

    Breaking the silence on Amish sexual abuse. My memoir about leaving the Amish

    Kymberli Ward

    Mar 29, 2016

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    I give up. If this author had an horrific childhood, she has my deepest sympathies. However, this book is not only dreadful, but completely unbelievable. “Let me count the ways …”

    1. Her “family” was not Amish. That she would blame that community for her trauma(s) is ridiculous and unsupported by any kind of fact. I’m sure there are cases of child abuse in Amish communities; just as there are vile cases in every strata of society. How did she end up in an Amish community anyway? To my knowledge

    1. Her “family” was not Amish. That she would blame that community for her trauma(s) is ridiculous and unsupported by any kind of fact. I’m sure there are cases of child abuse in Amish communities; just as there are vile cases in every strata of society. How did she end up in an Amish community anyway? To my knowledge, taking in outside young people is something that is not part of that culture. I could certainly be wrong, but I don’t think so.

    2. Did ANYONE edit this book? The spelling, grammar, word usage, and punctuation were so bad, I had to stop mentally correcting every sentence. That was hard, as I teach remedial English and EFL.

    3. As another stated, I get it. The author is “tiny.” How many times does the reader need to hear that? She’s also perfect … and beautiful (“pretty,” in her words). I was almost nauseated by her “sweetness,” not to mention her frequently commented on “kind eyes,” etc. What is this? The canonization of Misty (or Emma)?

    4. With the lack of education the author refers to, how is it she was asked to write a column for a community newsletter? Her “wisdom” is at best, difficult to swallow. At the least, it reads as completely bogus.

    5. Baptism? For an outsider, and a teenager, after a short span of time? Really?

    And seriously? Every adult in her life is an abuser (or a “boy” who is after her)? The women are verbally and emotionally vicious (but for mommy-dearest, who, if a real person, is indeed monstrous), but every man is portrayed as an abusive monster. Yet we are to believe our hero is a magnet for babies, animals, children, ad nauseam, and escapes all of this (virtually) unscathed.

    I simply do not believe this book is nonfiction. At page 300+, I finally deleted it. The author needs help, no doubt, and I hope she gets it. But to pass this tripe off as a “true” book is appalling. Sorry.
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