Cry Silent Tears: The heartbreaking survival story of a small mute boy who overcame unbearable…

Paperback | August 6, 2013

byJoe Peters

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Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn't have survived. With them, he went on to spend his life fighting child abuse.Joe was just five years old and the horrific scene literally struck him dumb. He didn't speak for four and a half years, which meant he was unable to ask anyone for help as his life turned into a living hell.His schizophrenic mother and two of his older brothers spent the following years beating him, raping him and locking him in the cellar at the family home. Fed on scraps that he was forced to lick from the floor, he was sometimes left naked in the dark for three days without human contact.Unable to read or write, all Joe could do to communicate his suffering was draw pictures.The violence and sexual abuse grew in severity as more people, including his stepfather, were invited to use him in any way they chose.The only thing that saved Joe was the kindness of his elder brother and his only school friend, both of whom showed him that love was possible even in the darkest of situations.At fourteen he finally found the courage to run away, hiding in a hut by a railway line, fed on scraps by some local children who found him.Joe's is the ultimate insider's story, casting light into the darkest of hidden worlds, and a truly inspirational account of how one small boy found the strength to overcome almost impossible odds and become a remarkable man. Now that he has found his voice again, Joe speaks out against child abuse and helps support and protect other children whose lives have been blighted by it.

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Joe knew his mother was cruel and violent, but he trusted his beloved father to protect him from her. When a freak accident saw his father burn to death in front of him, Joe was left at the mercy of his mother. Without the love of his friend and brother, he wouldn't have survived. With them, he went on to spend his life fighting child ...

Now thirty four years old, Joe Peters survived a horrific childhood to bring up five children of his own, some of whom had special needs. He has set up a service on the internet to help children like himself to find assistance and is a spokesman on behalf of all abused children, particularly those who fall into the hands of the organis...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:August 6, 2013Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking & Horrifying! Cry Silent Tears by Joe Peters is a heartbreaking memoir of childhood abuse. At the age of 5, Joe witnesses the tragic death of his father and is left completely at the mercy of his violent mother and brutal older siblings. One day Joe loses his ability to speak from the trauma he has suffered. This only leads those that are supposed to care for him and love him to hurt him more because he is unable to tell anyone. Joe is physically beaten, sexual abused, starved, and locked in the cellar for years. Cry Silent Tears is a difficult book to read because it’s so hard to accept that a child was treated with such cruelty and abuse for years by his own family. There were tears running down my cheeks numerous times during the course of this memoir. I do not doubt that the author’s account of events is completely truthful. I simply do not want to believe that humans are capable of inflicting that level of pain and torture on anyone, especially children. Overall, I’m amazed that Joe Peters managed to survive a childhood like his. The author describes his childhood in such a frank, straightforward manner. Nothing felt deceptive or altered in an effort to sell books or create more shock for the reader. I admire Peters for coming out with his story, and I respect him for being able to describe those who abused and betrayed him without becoming incoherent with rage. I know that I could never step back enough from something like that to recount it with the amount of clarity and openness that Peters did. I highly recommend Cry Silent Tears, but be prepared to feel a bit misanthropic afterwards. It’s hard to have any sort of love for humankind after becoming aware of the abusive nature of some people.
Date published: 2009-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing read This was probably the hardest book I've ever read. I don't think I would have finished it had it not been written by the man who went through such torture as a boy. I have two boys of my own who I love dearly, and all I could see in my mind was them as I read this book. It broke my heart. I still can't fathom how any "human being" could do this to her son. It makes me love my own children even more, and I never thought that could be possible. I look forward to reading the next book to see how his life unfolds..... A MUST READ!!!!!
Date published: 2009-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This was one of the hardest books I have ever read. Not because it wasn't written well or because it was boring, but simply because it was the saddest story I have ever heard. My heart broke with each story Joe Peters told about the violence that he had to endure at such as young age. It's a gread read, but get out the Kleenex.
Date published: 2009-08-11