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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.

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.

Property

Author : Carol Christie
ISBN : 9781459709782
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 54. 71 MB
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The true story of a brave woman’s nearly 40 years in a polygamous cult, her eventual escape, and her struggle to integrate into a world she barely knew. In the early 1970s an innocent teenager who had led a sheltered life was forced to leave her family and enter into a polygamous, abusive, and deviant relationship with a man called the Prophet. In 2008, nearly 40 years later, she fled his religious sect. Property is not a misnomer. It accurately depicts how the women in the sect were treated. Carol Christie reveals the degradation, abuse, and brainwashing that the Church Wives endured. She exposes the physical abuse, the mental cruelty, the slave labour, and the sexual deviance that took place near Owen Sound, a small community just a few hours north of Toronto, as well as at other locations. She describes the many opportunities that officials had to investigate but walked away from, swayed by the charismatic Prophet. Carol is building a new life, one of freedom and options. With no money and no job she started again and is now dedicated to helping others who have escaped while raising awareness about the dangers of the cult.

Growing Up Amish

Author : Ira Wagler
ISBN : 1414360703
Genre : Religion
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Describes the author's Amish childhood, his departure from his community at age sixteen, his struggles to return to the Amish way of life, and his final acceptance of his own identity and his past.

Amish Confidential

Author : Chris Burkholder
ISBN : 0977268004
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 79. 46 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.

Breakaway Amish

Author : Johnny Mast
ISBN : 1513800213
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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"I am the grandson of Bishop Sam Mullet, who was arrested for the Amish beard-cutting attacks. This is my story." Beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in the middle of the night. Five incidents. Nine victims. How could members of a Christian tradition known for peace and forgiveness enact such violence? What could make members of one Amish group turn against other Amish? In Breakaway Amish, Johnny Mast tells in riveting detail how his Amish community became increasingly isolated from other Amish people, and how the wishes and edicts of his grandfather, Bishop Sam Mullet, overtook daily life in the group. Over time, members became convinced that cutting their own hair was a sign of repentance and remorse. When that conviction led them to cut off the beards of those outside their community, however, it was more than a strange religious ritual. It was a crime. Here is an eyewitness account of the disturbing events at Bergholz, an Amish community gone awry. Yet redemption dwells even here, in the bravery and conviction of one who chose to break free.

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