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

In 2016 the Amish bishop that sexually abused the Author was finally sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting almost all of his 11 children-Two years after the publication of her memoir Tears of the Silenced.

       

When I was six years old my family started to live and dress like the Amish. A few years later we moved to a mountain ranch where my sister and I were subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence.

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, sexual abuse, animal cruelty and other crimes. Going to the police was forbidden.

A few years later I was sexually assaulted by the bishop of my church. I knew I had to get help and one morning in early March I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. As a result, I found myself plummeted into the strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no form of identification. Based on the tragic and inspiring true story.

Author's Note- To everyone out there, I beg you to never turn a blind eye towards child abuse or think someone else will report it. You could be that child's last chance, be a hero and report ( National Child Abuse Hotline  1-800-422-4453)- Misty Griffin

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