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Tears Of The Silenced

Author : Misty Elaine Griffin
ISBN : 1505679443
Genre : Religion
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Abuse hidden under the cloak of religion: The shocking and inspiring true story of one of the very few people who have ever joined the Amish from the outside world. When Misty was four years old her mother met a brutal and psychotic mountain man.Misty and her younger sister spend the next 14 yrs secluded away from the rest of the world. They are made to work as slaves on their new step- fathers farm and everyday are subjected to brutal beatings, overexertion and sexual assault. They are not allowed to go to school or interact with anyone.Here on this isolated mountain they are also made to dress and live like the Amish. Misty vividly recalls the pain she felt when being around other people and realizing that the way she dressed completely separated her from everyone else and even separated her from possible rescue.It was through this separation that her mother and step- father were allowed to inflict unbelievable pain and torture on her and her sister without ever worrying about being reported. In this tragic account the author is able to shed light on the troubling fact that people get away with horrible abuse in the name of religion.Misty herself is afraid to tell anyone since her step-father has threatened to kill her on multiple occasions and she knows that no one will think to report her parents due to their religious appearance. After Misty turns eighteen she and her sister are taken to a rural Minnesota Amish community where they are readily accepted due to their extremely strictand harsh upbringing. They quickly learn German and soon become baptized church members. Misty begins to feel uncomfortable though when she finds out that Amish sex abuse victims are silenced and forced to forgive and continue to live with or around their rapist. The bishops wife becomes her friend and confides in her that her father raped her as well as all of her thirteen brothers and sisters. Her mother had reported him many times to the church leaders whom admonished him and shunned him for six week intervals, he was however allowed to remain the church deacon even though he was a known serial rapist. The bishops wife had been forced to remain in her fathers home until she escaped through marriage to the bishop. While working as a maid for the bishop Misty discovers the bishop is secretly poisoning his wife with rat poison. Misty is about to tell her when she finds herself confronted by the bishop who sexually assaults her and then threatens to kill her if she says anything. Misty decides she has had enough and makes a dash for the local police station. This is against church rules and she is shunned when she refuses to recant her police report. With no form of ID or social security card and only a bare second grade education she ventures out into the strange modern world. Misty returns a few months later in hopes of getting her sister out of the Amish as well. Here she is met with strict shunning, the bishop who had admitted to assaulting her had only received a light six weeks shunning and his wife remained with him since divorce is not allowed in the Amish. Misty vividly recounts the sting of being shunned as well as being forbidden to hug her only sister goodbye. Church members turn their backs to her and her pleads for justice for the many Amish rape victims falls on deaf ears. All she gets in return is " That is not the Amish way" or " It is against church rules"..... This memoir is her voice for those victims who are forced to suffer everyday in painful silence and her torch in the fight to stop child abuse and sexual violence. ....

Why I Left The Amish

Author : Saloma Miller Furlong
ISBN : 9781609172046
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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There are two ways to leave the Amish—one is through life and the other through death. When Saloma Miller Furlong’s father dies during her first semester at Smith College, she returns to the Amish community she had left twenty four years earlier to attend his funeral. Her journey home prompts a flood of memories. Now a mother with grown children of her own, Furlong recalls her painful childhood in a family defined by her father’s mental illness, her brother’s brutality, her mother’s frustration, and the austere traditions of the Amish—traditions Furlong struggled to accept for years before making the difficult decision to leave the community. In this personal and moving memoir, Furlong traces the genesis of her desire for freedom and education and chronicles her conflicted quest for independence. Eloquently told, Why I Left the Amish is a revealing portrait of life within—and without—this frequently misunderstood community.

Escaping Utopia

Author : Janja Lalich
ISBN : 9781315295077
Genre : Social Science
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Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Glenn Close, Rose McGowan and Leah Remini. Humorist Garrison Keillor. Musician Lisa Marie Presley. WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Each of these well-know people has more than fame in common; each was born or raised in a cult. We think of cults as bizarre, inexplicable, or otherworldly places that only strange people inhabit, but cults and other abusive and high-demand groups (and relationships) are actually quite commonplace. In fact, the behaviors, social pressures, and authoritarian structures that create cults exist to a greater or lesser extent in every human relationship and every human group. Cult behavior is human behavior – and by studying cults, we can learn remarkably useful things about the social world and our place in it In the first in-depth research of its kind, sociologist and cult expert Janja Lalich interviewed sixty-five people who were born in or grew up in thirty-nine different cultic groups spanning more than a dozen countries. What’s especially interesting about these individuals is that they each left the cult on their own, without outside help or internal support. In Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over, Lalich and award-winning author (and fellow cult survivor) Karla McLaren craft Lalich’s original and groundbreaking research into an accessible and engaging book, the first of its kind focusing on this particular population. Lalich and McLaren explore fundamental questions about human nature, human development, group dynamics, abuse and control, and triumphs of the human spirit in the face of intense and extended suffering.

The Global Status Of Women And Girls

Author : Lori Underwood
ISBN : 9781498546409
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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The Global Status of Women and Girls: A Multidisciplinary Approach fosters inquiries into the complex and multifocal issues faced by women and girls around the world, both historically and today. It not only asks key questions related to public policy, but also it unearths the forces that created these current dilemmas. Through the multidisciplinary study of past and present, contributors take on policy conversations benefiting the global community. This book will appeal to any scholar interested in communication and gender studies.

Runaway Amish Girl

Author : Emma Gingerich
ISBN : 1940834767
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Growing up Amish and leaving the fold, Emma Gingerich left her Amish community in Eagleville, Missouri, at the age of eighteen. Her memoir Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape captivates even the timid reader. Disagreeing with the beliefs of Amish traditions and upbringing, the pressure became too much for her to bear. Forced to make a personal decision, Emma found the courage to leave the only life she had ever known. She had no idea the emotional turmoil she'd inflict on her family and friends. The emotional reaction of her parents, brothers and sisters, are gut wrenching. Considered no longer a daughter and a sister, temporarily exiled, Emma finds a way to be free. Education becomes her priority as she finds her place in this "English" world. This true story is a rare glimpse into the life of a brave young woman - Runaway Amish Girl: The Great Escape.

Amish Confidential

Author : Levi Stoltzfus
ISBN : 9781501110306
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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The star of Amish Mafia presents a confessional about Amish life today to reveal practices of forbidden indulgences, senseless shunnings and colorful family feuds while sharing insights into infamous news events. TV tie-in.

The Hospital

Author : Barbara O'Hare
ISBN : 9781911274643
Genre : True Crime
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'Nobody knew what was going on behind those doors. We were human toys. Just a piece of meat for someone to play with.' Barbara O'Hare was just 12 when she was admitted to the psychiatric hospital, Aston Hall, in 1971. From a troubled home, she'd hoped she would find sanctuary there. But within hours, Barbara was tied down, drugged with sodium amytal - a truth-telling drug - and then abused by its head physician, Dr Kenneth Milner. The terrifying drug experimentation and relentless abuse that lasted throughout her stay damaged her for life. But somehow, Barbara clung on to her inner strength and eventually found herself leading a campaign to demand answers for potentially hundreds of victims. A shocking account of how vulnerable children were preyed upon by the doctor entrusted with their care, and why it must never happen again.

Beyond Buggies And Bonnets

Author : Brenda Nixon
ISBN : 194173328X
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An unusual, compelling account of seven Amish who ventured beyond the strict Swartzentruber and Old Orders, into the "forbidden" world of Englishers - non-Amish. Get real and candid insights into these fiercely private sects. Laugh, learn, be astonished, and awed as you read these wonderfully and compassionately written stories of adjusting to English life.

Amish Confidential

Author : Chris Burkholder
ISBN : 0977268004
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 31. 70 MB
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Scandal rocks Amish Clan: Murder, Sexual Depravity . Forget the images of 19th century farmers, close-knit families and hard-working craftsmen immune to the stresses of our modern times. The Amish find themselves facing ever-greater scrutiny as reports of polio outbreaks, child abuse, rape, incest, and bestiality grab the headlines. Once the symbol of better, simpler times, the closeted world of the Amish is now in the spotlight and at the center of growing controversies. Chris Burkholder, the son of an Amish bishop, has shattered the silence. At the cost of being excommunicated and ostracized by his own father, Chris reveals what it is like to grow up in a world where brainwashing, terrifying violence and sexual depravity are commonplace. In Amish Condifential Chris Burkholder shares his harrowing tale of abuse and reasons that compelled him to leave his family and faith in search of a new life among the "sinful and comdemned world" of the rest of us Americans.

The Sound Of Gravel

Author : Ruth Wariner
ISBN : 9781250077714
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 69. 56 MB
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An instant New York Times bestseller “A haunting, harrowing testament to survival." — People Magazine “An addictive chronicle of a polygamist community.” — New York Magazine “Unforgettable” — Entertainment Weekly The thirty-ninth of her father’s forty-two children, Ruth Wariner grew up in polygamist family on a farm in rural Mexico. In The Sound of Gravel, she offers an unforgettable portrait of the violence that threatened her community, her family’s fierce sense of loyalty, and her own unshakeable belief in the possibility of a better life. An intimate, gripping tale of triumph and courage, The Sound of Gravel is a heart-stopping true story.

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