Cry Silent Tears by Joe Peters

Cry Silent Tears

By Joe Peters

  • Release Date: 2008-03-03
  • Genre: Family & Relationships
Score: 4.5
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Description

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.

About the author

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 organised criminals who create internet pornography.

Reviews

  • Great book

    5
    By Cleyderossana
    I read this book when i was in secondary school. Very emotional and disturbing. This book lead me to read more of the genre.
  • Cry silent tears

    5
    By Karys12345
    Unbelievable story. I have read so many stories similar to this one and but I have never read anything to this extent, absolutely heart breaking. I'm so glad the little boy in the book eventually found happiness and peace in life.
  • Brilliant read

    5
    By RiRi1993number1
    I read this book in 3 hours,I couldn't put it down and it's the first book I've read in years. I'm glad I chose this one although it made me cry a lot! I would definitely recommend this book, a story that should be heard!
  • Amazing man.

    5
    By Chessie261190
    I know this man personally and see what he has to face on a daily basis. He is a true survivor. With you all the way Joe.
  • Amazing/heartbreaking read!

    5
    By Graypants
    This book was hard to read, but amazing at the same time! I hope it raises awareness of the state of sum people and the world today.
  • Cry silent tears

    5
    By Titchbev
    Could not put this book down, it's a real page turner.
  • Cry silent tears

    4
    By Jodi_bean
    A very hard book to read from start to finish, anyone who has a child of their own will understand why. An inspirational end to a disturbing book, there really is a lot of evil and sick people out there, I'm just glad he managed to pull himself through and become the parent he deserved but never had.
  • Wow...

    5
    By Mrindeed12345
    Shocking... Im speechless to be honest, im a 13 year old (Almost turning 14) reading this book. This book changed my life, my view of different people. So bloody sad.
  • Heart wrenching

    5
    By CazzaIoW
    What a strong brave soul.
  • A Sad read

    5
    By Shyfernando
    I have read a lot of books. I normally won't read these kind of stories but I was recommended this book by a friend, who lent me it. She warned me that it was a bit shocking and sad (it made her cry). I normally don't cry, and that's the truth, but I found this book sad indeed. While I did not cry, I found this book really shocking and sad, as my friend said. What Joe went through, no one should have gone through, whether it be a child, adult or animal. By the end I felt pride that Joe got through this ordeal and became a better man. He went through hell, and survived on top. I don't know if there is a Heaven or Hell, but his tormentors/abusers will definetly go to hell and suffer how that little boy suffered. I recommend this book to anyone.

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