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Eggshell Skull: A Memoir About Standing Up, Speaking Out and Fighting Back by Bri Lee :
EGGSHELL SKULL: A well-established legal doctrine that a defendant must 'take their victim as they find them'. If a single punch kills someone because of their thin skull, that victim's weakness cannot mitigate the seriousness of the crime.

But what if it also works the other way? What if a defendant on trial for sexual crimes has to accept his 'victim' as she comes: a strong, determined accuser who knows the legal system, who will not back down until justice is done?

Bri Lee began her first day of work at the Queensland District Court as a bright-eyed judge's associate. Two years later she was back as the complainant in her own case.

This is the story of Bri's journey through the Australian legal system; first as the daughter of a policeman, then as a law student, and finally as a judge's associate in both metropolitan and regional Queensland-where justice can look very different, especially for women. The injustice Bri witnessed, mourned and raged over every day finally forced her to confront her own personal history, one she'd vowed never to tell. And this is how, after years of struggle, she found herself on the other side of the courtroom, telling her story.

Bri Lee has written a fierce and eloquent memoir that addresses both her own reckoning with the past as well as with the stories around her, to speak the truth with wit, empathy and unflinching courage. Eggshell Skull is a haunting appraisal of modern Australia from a new and essential voice.

'Brutal, brave and utterly compelling . . . I can't remember a book I devoured with such intensity, nor one that moved me so profoundly' Rebecca Starford, author of Bad Behaviour and co-founder of Kill Your Darlings

'Courageous, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful' Liam Pieper, author of The Toymaker

'Sensitive and clear-eyed' Jessica Friedmann, author of Things That Helped

'A page-turner of a memoir, impossible to put down' Krissy Kneen, author of An Uncertain Grace

Rape: Weapon of War and Genocide by John K. Roth (Autor);
Here is a volume that cries out to be read by everyone. It is filled with "texts of terror" that must be heard if the human community is truly to respond "Never again!" --Margaret A. Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, Yale University Divinity School . . . One of the most nuanced, illuminating, and grimly engaging volumes on rape and mass violence yet published. -- Adam Jones, Executive Director, Gendercide Watch, Author,Genocide: A Comprehensive Introduction Carol Rittner and John K. Roth have brought together a range of very powerful contributions on rape in war and genocide . . . Each chapter deals very personally with the agony of rape and the challenges it poses to male behavior, international law, and political action. -- Hugo Slim, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Ethics, Law, and Armed Conflict, University of Oxford, Author,Killing Civilians: Method, Madness and Morality in War Resist the urge to put this book down. It . . . calls us to listen to the living and the dead, to their words and their silence. -- Doris L. Bergen, Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies, University of Toronto, Author, War and Genocide: A Concise History of the Holocaust.

Rape: Weapon of War and Mass Destruction ´by Shabbir Tankiwala (Autor) ;
For those who care about human life, those who have sympathy for those beleaguered people who are or have suffered extreme pain, than please read this book, read heart-wrenching details of Brutal War Crimes, Sexual Violence, Rape of Men & Women and Beheading's, crimes that some people so frivolously commit that puts entire humanity to shame; ---- Who does it and why are such heinous Crimes committed? What are the Motives of the Perpetrators those who commit such inhuman crimes? Why is Domestic Violence so Brutal and what are the effects of domestic violence? Can we find any solution to stop such horrendous heart-rending crimes from happening? If so, than, what are the solutions? To get better Perspective and Insight, to understand the history and reasons behind such ridiculously vicious crimes, Please Read this Revolutionary Book, A very Comprehensive and In-depth Analysis of Savage War Crimes and Terrifying Domestic Violence.

Honor Betrayed: Sexual Abuse in America's Militar by Mic Dr. Hunter (Author) :
In Honor Betrayed, Dr. Mic Hunter probes beyond the headlines to reveal the reality of sexual abuse in the military. The culture of the military's training is to turn recruits into those who follow orders without question. Honor Betrayed describes in detail the gross realities of the hostile, uber-masculine, dehumanizing environment our young men and women confront. Most vulnerable to sexual abuse are minorities-particularly women and homosexuals. Included are first-person accounts from American servicewomen and men who were sexually abused by their comrades, including one woman whose case was heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. Hunter also explores the tacit acceptance of these incidents in the military to the recent prisoner abuse scandal in Iraq.

My Life as a Traitor: An Iranian Memoir by Zarah Ghahramani (Author):
At the age of twenty, an Iranian student named Zarah Ghahramani was swept off the streets of Tehran and taken to the notorious Evin prison, where criminals and political dissidents were held side by side in conditions of legendary brutality. Her crime, she asserts, was in wanting to slide back her headscarf to feel the sun on a few inches of her hair.

That modest desire led her to a political activism fueled by the fearless idealism of the young. Her parents begged her to be prudent, but even they could not have imagined the horrors she faced in prison. She underwent psychological and physical torture, hanging on to sanity by scratching messages to fellow prisoners on the latrine door. She fought despair by recalling her idyllic childhood in a sprawling and affectionate family that prized tolerance and freedom of thought. After a show trial, Ghahramani was driven deep into the desert outside Tehran, uncertain if she was to be executed or freed. There she was abandoned to begin the long walk back to reclaim herself. In prose of astonishing dignity and force, Ghahramani recounts the ways in which power seduces and deforms.

A richly textured memoir that celebrates a triumph of the individual over the state, My Life as a Traitor is an affecting addition to the literature of struggle and dissent.

Crimes Unspoken: The Rape of German Women at the End of the Second World War by Miriam Gebhardt (Autor),;
The soldiers who occupied Germany after the Second World War were not only liberators: they also brought with them a new threat, as women throughout the country became victims of sexual violence. In this disturbing and carefully researched book, the historian Miriam Gebhardt reveals for the first time the scale of this human tragedy, which continued long after the hostilities had ended.

Discussion in recent years of the rape of German women committed at the end of the war has focused almost exclusively on the crimes committed by Soviet soldiers, but Gebhardt shows that this picture is misleading. Crimes were committed as much by the Western Allies - American, French and British - as by the members of the Red Army, and they occurred not only in Berlin but throughout Germany. Nor was the suffering limited to the immediate aftermath of the war. Gebhardt powerfully recounts how raped women continued to be the victims of doctors, who arbitrarily granted or refused abortions, welfare workers, who put pregnant women in homes, and wider society, which even today prefers to ignore these crimes.

Crimes Unspoken is the first historical account to expose the true extent of sexual violence in Germany at the end of the war, offering valuable new insight into a key period of 20th century history.

Ideologies of Forgetting: Rape in the Vietnam War by Gina Marie Weaver (Autor);
First book to study rape and sexual abuse of Vietnamese women by U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War.

Rape has long been a part of war, and recent conflicts in Bosnia, Rwanda, and Darfur demonstrate that it may be becoming an even more integral strategy of modern warfare. In contrast to the media attention to sexual violence against women in these recent conflicts, however, the incidence and consequences of rape in the Vietnam War have been largely overlooked. Using testimony, oral accounts, literature, and film, Ideologies of Forgetting focuses on the rape and sexual abuse of Vietnamese women by U.S. soldiers during the Vietnam War, and argues that the erasure and elision of these practices of sexual violence in the U.S. popular imagination perpetuate the violent masculinity central to contemporary U.S. military culture. Gina Marie Weaver claims that recognition of this violence is important not just for an accurate historical record, but also to truly understand the Vietnam veteran’s trauma, which often stems from his aggression rather than his victimization.

“This is exactly the moment to take a new hard hook at the incidents of rape in the U.S. war in Vietnam—and its extended consequences for both the victims and the perpetrators of those rapes.” — Cynthia Enloe, author of Globalization and Militarism: Feminists Make the Link

“At a time when the phrase ‘support our troops’ has become a national mantra, recognition of how that support was enabled and narrativized becomes even more important.” — Susan Jeffords, author of The Remasculinization of America: Gender and the Vietnam War.

Stolen Girls: Survivors of Boko Haram Tell Their Story by Wolfgang Bauer (Autor);
One night in April 2014, members of the terrorist organization Boko Haram raided the small town of Chibok in northeast Nigeria and abducted 276 young girls from the local boarding school. The event caused massive, international outrage. Using the hashtag “Bring Back Our Girls,” politicians, activists, and celebrities from all around the world—among them First Lady Michelle Obama and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai—protested.

Some of the girls were able to escape and award-winning journalist Wolfgang Bauer spent several weeks with them as they recounted their ordeal. In Stolen Girls, he gives voice to these girls, allowing them to speak for themselves—about their lives before the abduction, about the horrors during their captivity, and their dreams of a better future. Bauer’s reportage is complemented by over a dozen stunning portraits by award-winning photographer Andy Spyra.

Bauer also examines the historical and political background of the Islamist terror in the heart of Africa, showing how Boko Haram works and describing the damage it has done to the fragile balance of ethnicities and cultures in one of the world’s most diverse regions. His book tells a story of violence, fear, and uncertainty; it is also a story of hope, strength, and courage.

Olaf Heine: Rwandan Daughters by Matthias Harder (Autor) ;
During the Rwandan genocide in 1994 up to one million Tutsi were murdered by members of the Hutu tribe. Eighty percent of the women who survived were raped. Today, victims and perpetrators live side by side. Although women have gained social status since then, the rape victims and their children exist on the bottom rungs of the social hierarchy. Many young women, however, have managed to rescue their traumatized mothers and free them from the stigma. Their courage and optimism in a society under authoritarian rule and marred by trauma are unparalleled. Rwandan Daughters depicts strong women who have overcome traumatic experiences. Olaf Heine (*1968) has captured this turning point and the reconciliation in impressive photographs, portraying mothers and daughters shoulder to shoulder at sites where the crimes occurred. Along with the photos, the volume features brief statements from the women about how they dealt with their experiences.

ISIS Sex Slavery: Interviews with The Sex Slaves and War Brides of Isis Militants by Nicolas Lucont (Autor):
In ISIS Sex Slavery you will read the shocking eye witness reports of the cruel and savage war crimes against women by ISIS militants. Whether conning devout women to become war brides or capturing Yazidi women to use as sex slaves, ISIS used sex as a form of torture and subjugation of captives, as a reward for its members, and as recruiting tool for potential jihadists.
This book exposes the brutal savagery of ISIS, their sexual perversions and their bizarre daily lives. You will experience the gut wrenching reality that gets lost in statistics and news stories. These accounts show the gruesome violence, the inhuman savagery and the indifference to human dignity that ISIS engaged in.
In ISIS Sex Slavery you will meet brave Yazidi women like Gulan who went from a young farmer’s daughter to a fierce fighter against ISIS after a fateful day in her ransacked village. You will be taken to the filthy slave markets where young women like Bemal are sold and treated like cattle. You will meet the ISIS sex slaves like Mina who was forced into prostitution in a traveling caravan throughout the Middle East and Meyan whose owner used her body to make multi-million dollar oil deals.
This book also details the bizarre daily lives of ISIS militants like the accounts of Yemina, the war bride who cleans human skulls for home decorations and Nasira who was wed to the ISIS militant who devours American pop culture like Seinfeld and The Simpsons. But there’s no lightheartedness in the story of Ghania who is married off to an amphetamine abuser who abuses and rapes her continually or Malika who is forced by her husband to devirginize random local men he brings home whom he later tortures in their basement.
The gruesome accounts in ISIS Sex Slavery will shock you and haunt you long after you finish reading. This book is not for the faint of heart.

Against Our Will: Men, Women, and Rape by Susan Brownmiller (Autor);
The bestselling feminist classic that revolutionized the way we think about rape, as a historical phenomenon and as an urgent crisis—essential reading in the era of #MeToo.

“A major work of history.”—The Village Voice • One of the New York Public Library’s 100 Books of the Century

As powerful and timely now as when it was first published, Against Our Will stands as a unique document of the history, politics, and sociology of rape and the inherent and ingrained inequality of men and women under the law. Fact by fact, Susan Brownmiller pulls back the centuries of damaging lies and misrepresentations to reveal how rape has been accepted in all societies and how it continues to profoundly affect women’s lives today.

A keen and prescient analyst, a detailed historian, Susan Brownmiller discusses the consequences of rape in biblical times, rape as an accepted spoil of war, as well as child molestation, marital rape, and date rape (a term that she coined). In lucid, persuasive prose, Brownmiller uses her experience as a journalist to create a definitive, devastating work of lasting social importance.

Praise for Against Our Will

“The most comprehensive study of rape ever offered to the public . . . It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime.”—Newsweek

“A classic . . . No one who reads it will come away untouched.”—The Village Voice

“Chilling and monumental . . . Deserves a place next to those rare books which force us to change the way we feel about what we know.”—The New York Times Book Review

“A landmark work, one of the most significant books to emerge in this decade.”—Houston Chronicle

“A definitive text, startling, compelling, and a landmark.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“An overwhelming indictment. We need it, it is a hideous revelation and it should be required reading.”—Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Chilling, monumental, exhaustive, detailed, absorbing and original. . . . Brownmiller’s greatest contribution is establishing the continuity between rape and other facets of American culture.”—Commonweal

The Rape of Innocence: female genital mutilation and circumcision in the USA by Patricia Robinett (Author):
Genital mutilation in the USA has been a well-kept secret. "The Rape of Innocence" is an autobiographical account of a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant woman who discovered she had been the victim of clitoridectomy as a child in Kansas in the 1950s. The author is a therapist who deals with trauma. In her work, she has met many other American women and men who were genitally mutilated as children and adults. Could you -- or someone you love -- have been cut too? This book may explain the U.S. epidemic of sexual dysfunction, anger, anxiety, depression -- unresolved psychological trauma from circumcision. Now that the word is out, the healing can begin.
The words of a victim;:
"'FGM happened to me in white, midwest America'.
A Christian doctor removed my clitoris when I was three years old as a ‘cure’ for masturbation," writes Renee Bergstrom in the Guardian in December 2016."In 1947, when I was just three years old a doctor removed my clitoris. Female genital mutilation is mostly associated with African cultures, and non-Christian religions, but my FGM happened in white, midwest America. It took place in a church clinic that used a scalpel on girls who masturbated.I remember the excruciating pain and feeling betrayed. I was told not to talk about it, but keeping the secret meant I was alone with my questions as I grew into puberty: what was missing? What would it be like to be “whole”?
At 15 I consulted a doctor regarding a tugging sensation from my scar tissue. Unknowingly, I went to the same clinic where the clitoridectomy was performed and the doctor shamed me with a booklet entitled The Sin of Self-Pleasuring.
My first child and I could have died – an almost universal impact of FGM is difficulty giving birth. I, like so many women around the world, did not know genital scar tissue does not stretch. I wanted to be fully awake to experience giving birth, but my obstetrician performed an extensive episiotomy under anaesthetic that took months to heal. He was compassionate and shocked to hear the origin of my scar.
Unfortunately, he was no longer available for my next two pregnancies and my new obstetrician saw me as a scientific experiment. Another surgeon offered to remove one of my nipples to create a faux clitoris. I found these proposals repulsive, and declined them both. Discomfort continued for 50 years until the scar separated during menopause.
Forgiving does not mean forgetting.
I no longer have that daily physical reminder and I have forgiven all those involved. However, forgiving does not mean forgetting. Today I work with women who have experienced FGM. Along with my friend, Filsan Ali, I created a brochure for pregnant infibulated Somalian women. It is designed for women to share with their clinicians to initiate a conversation about opening the scar to prevent unnecessary caesarean sections.
The impetus for my writing is concern regarding increased hatred and disrespect toward women, other cultures and religions – as if Christians in the United States had a flawless history.
FGM is not my shame, it is my story. I witnessed Christian religions declaring masturbation a sin, “some Christian leaders and doctors” recommending circumcision to prevent it, physicians carrying out the practice and our American culture first accepting this form of sexual abuse and then denying it ever occurred.
My resilience stems from love, respect and caring from my husband, my family and many people throughout the world who stood in solidarity with me as I progressed on my healing journey. "

Southern Horrors: Women and the Politics of Rape and Lynching by Crystal N. Feimster (Autor) ;
Between 1880 and 1930, close to 200 women were murdered by lynch mobs in the American South. Many more were tarred and feathered, burned, whipped, or raped. In this brutal world of white supremacist politics and patriarchy, a world violently divided by race, gender, and class, black and white women defended themselves and challenged the male power brokers. Crystal Feimster breaks new ground in her story of the racial politics of the postbellum South by focusing on the volatile issue of sexual violence.

Pairing the lives of two Southern women—Ida B. Wells, who fearlessly branded lynching a white tool of political terror against southern blacks, and Rebecca Latimer Felton, who urged white men to prove their manhood by lynching black men accused of raping white women—Feimster makes visible the ways in which black and white women sought protection and political power in the New South. While Wells was black and Felton was white, both were journalists, temperance women, suffragists, and anti-rape activists. By placing their concerns at the center of southern politics, Feimster illuminates a critical and novel aspect of southern racial and sexual dynamics. Despite being on opposite sides of the lynching question, both Wells and Felton sought protection from sexual violence and political empowerment for women.

Southern Horrors provides a startling view into the Jim Crow South where the precarious and subordinate position of women linked black and white anti-rape activists together in fragile political alliances. It is a story that reveals how the complex drama of political power, race, and sex played out in the lives of Southern women.

Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town by Jon Krakauer (Autor);
Missoula, Montana, is a typical college town, home to a highly regarded state university whose beloved football team inspires a passionately loyal fan base. Between January 2008 and May 2012, hundreds of students reported sexual assaults to the local police. Few of the cases were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. In this, Missoula is also typical.

In these pages, acclaimed journalist Jon Krakauer investigates a spate of campus rapes that occurred in Missoula over a four-year period. Taking the town as a case study for a crime that is sadly prevalent throughout the nation, Krakauer documents the experiences of five victims: their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the skepticism directed at them by police, prosecutors, and the public; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them. These stories cut through abstract ideological debate about acquaintance rape to demonstrate that it does not happen because women are sending mixed signals or seeking attention. They are victims of a terrible crime, deserving of fairness from our justice system. Rigorously researched, rendered in incisive prose, Missoula stands as an essential call to action.

Living with the Enemy by Donna Ferrato (Autor, Fotograf);
This critically acclaimed, graphic report on family violence reveals the lives of ordinary women-and the men who batter them.

The Burning Bride by Manoj Kerai (Autor) ;
Every hour in India, one woman is murdered for a dowry. The Burning Bride follows the story of Uma, a newly wed woman. She starts her new life with many dreams. However, her dreams turn into nightmares when her parents are unable to fulfil the dowry demands made by Madhu, her mother-in-law. The heaven she had imagined turns into a hell, and the worst part is; there appears to be no escape. Despite the high figures of violence against women, the female form is worshipped throughout India, and the most commonly worshipped Goddess is Durga, who has nine forms. Therefore the Burning Bride is told through the eyes of 9 women. The nine perspectives highlight psychological, social and cultural factors which maintain these systems. Why does a mother force her own daughter to stay in an abusive relationship? Why does a neighbour who sees abuse happening turn a blind eye? What goes through the mind of someone doing the abuse? At least 10% of the profits made from the sales of The Burning Bride will support the Asian Circle to fund Oxfam projects to end domestic violence in India.

Daughters of Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera (Autor);
'I listen to those stories - told by women who have been drugged, beaten, imprisoned, raped and terrorised within the walls of the homes they grew up in. I listen and I am humbled by their resilience.'

Jasvinder Sanghera knows what it means to flee from your family under threat of forced marriage - and to face the terrible consequences that follow. As a young girl that was just what she had to do.

Jasvinder is now at the frontline of the battle to save women from the honour-based violence and threat of forced marriage that destroyed her own youth. Daughters of Shame reveals the stories of young women such as Shazia, kidnapped and taken to Pakistan to marry a man she had never met; and Banaz, murdered by her own family after escaping an abusive marriage.

By turns frightening, enthralling and uplifting, Daughters of Shame reveals Jasvinder as a woman heedless of her own personal safety as she fights to help these women, in a world where the suffering and abuse of many is challenged by the courage of the few.

Girl A: The truth about the Rochdale sex ring by the victim who stopped them by Ebury Digital (Autor) ;

What do they find attractive about me? An underage girl who just lies there, sobbing, looking up at they come to me one by one.

This is the shocking true story of how a young girl from Rochdale came to be Girl A – the key witness in the trial of Britain’s most notorious child sex ring.

Girl A was just 14 when she was groomed by a group of nine Asian men. After being lured into their circle with free gifts, she was plied with alcohol and systematically abused. She was just one of up to fifty girls to be 'passed around' by the gang. The girls were all under-16 and forced to have sex with as many as twenty men in one night.

When details emerged a nation was outraged and asked how these sickening events came to pass. And now, the girl at the very centre of the storm reveals the heartbreaking truth.

Renting Lacy: A Story of America's Prostituted Children by Linda Smith (Autor), Cindy Coloma (Autor)
The average age of entry into prostitution in America is 13 years old. Forced into a life they never chose, manipulated, abused and tortured at the hands of the pimps who control them, our country's children are sold on the streets, on the internet and at truck stops across America every night. They aren't bad kids who made bad choices. They are victims of child sex trafficking. They come from our neighborhoods, our schools, our churches, and sometimes our own homes. Author Linda Smith brings to life characters based on real stories and interviews with teen survivors. Meet Lacy and Star as they reveal the underbelly of our country's commercial sex trade. Get to know the men who sell them, and the ones who buy them. Let Renting Lacy draw you into the lives of these young girls as they struggle to survive each night, watching their childhood hopes and dreams slip away in the darkness. Let it compel you to action.

We're Not Supposed to Tell You: Sex Slavery, Drugs, and Other Secrets of Thailand’s Prostitution Industry by Noi Thawattana (Autor) ;
Thailand's prostitution industry has secrets, and there's a lot that bargirls aren't supposed to tell.

If customers ask, bargirls have to say that they love their jobs, no one is forcing them, they've don't use drugs, they are tested for diseases, and of course they're over eighteen years old. How else can they answer, especially with a boss watching?

The truth is often very different from these answers and Thai smiles, and the truth is seldom realized by tourists to Thailand.

We're Not Supposed to Tell You details the gritty reality of Thai sex work, including debt slavery, drug addiction, and underage prostitution. It was written by an insider, a former bargirl who now lives in the United States and is no longer afraid to speak out about what bargirls know but most customers don't know or choose not to acknowledge.

The American Slave Coast: A History of the Slave-Breeding Industry by Ned Sublette (Autor), Constance Sublette (Autor) ;
The American Slave Coast tells the horrific story of how the slavery business in the United States made the reproductive labor of “breeding women” essential to the expansion of the nation. The book shows how slaves’ children, and their children’s children, were human savings accounts that were the basis of money and credit. This was so deeply embedded in the economy of the slave states that it could only be decommissioned by Emancipation, achieved through the bloodiest war in the history of the United States. The American Slave Coast is an alternative history of the United States that presents the slavery business, as well as familiar historical figures and events, in a revealing new light.

The Comfort Women: Sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial Forces: Sex Slaves of the Imperial Japanese Forces by George Hicks (Autor);
Over 100,000 women across Asia were victims of enforced prostitution by the Japanese Imperial Forces during World War II. Until as recently as 1993 the Japanese government continued to deny this shameful aspect of its wartime history.

In 1938 the Japanese Imperial Forces established a 'comfort station' in Shanghai. This was the first of many officially sanctioned brothels set up across Asia to service the needs of the Japanese forces. It was also the first comfort station where women, many in their early teens, were coaxed, tricked and forcibly recruited to act as prostitutes for the Japanese military.

Using official documents and other original sources never before available, George Hicks tells how well-established and well-organised the comfort system was across the Japanese Empire, and how complete was its cover-up. He also traces the fight by Japanese and Korean feminist and liberal groups to expose the truth and tells of the complicity of the Japanese government in maintaining the lie. The Comfort Women is an account of a shameful aspect of Japanese racial and gender politics.

The Comfort Women allows the victims of this unacknowledged war crime to tell their own stories powerfully and poignantly; to speak of their shame and the full magnitude and brutality of the system.

'The most extensive record available in English of the ugly story.' Elisabeth Rubinfein, New York Newsday

Murder, Rape, and Torture in a Catholic Nunnery by Edward Hendrie (Autor);
There has probably not been a person more maligned by the powerful forces of the Roman Catholic Church than Maria Monk. In 1836 she published the famous book, Awful Disclosures of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery of Montreal. In that book, she told of murder, rape, and torture behind the walls of the cloistered nunnery. Because the evidence was verifiably true, the Catholic hierarchy found it necessary to fabricate evidence and suborn perjury in an attempt to destroy the credibility of Maria Monk. The Catholic Church has kept up the character assassination of Maria Monk now for over 175 years. Edward Hendrie has examined the evidence and set it forth for the readers to decide for themselves whether Maria Monk was an impostor or a brave victim. An objective view of the evidence leads to the ineluctable conclusion that Maria Monk told the truth about what happened behind the walls of the Hotel Dieu Nunnery of Montreal. The Roman Catholic Church, which is the most powerful religious and political organization in the world, has engaged in an unceasing campaign of vilification against Maria Monk. Its crusade against Maria Monk, however, can only affect the opinion of the uninformed. It cannot change the evidence. The evidence speaks clearly to those who will look at the case objectively. The evidence reveals that the much maligned Maria Monk was a reliable witness who made awful but accurate disclosures about life in a cloistered nunnery.

Sworn to Silence by Brendan Boland (Autor) ;
‘After a little while he called the other boy over. Did the same to him. I heard everything. Father Smyth was a priest, a good man … But I knew that some rule had been broken’

Brendan was an eleven-year-old altar boy when he first met Father Smyth. When the abuse began, he didn’t know what to do – surely he should trust a priest? But he knew he wasn’t the only victim, and his worst nightmare was that his sisters would be next.

It was three years before he plucked up the courage to tell another priest. An inquiry was quickly called, in which Brendan was sworn to secrecy. But the abuse didn’t stop. Instead, Father Smyth continued to prey on other children for two more decades until he was finally convicted, in the 1990s, of over 130 counts of child sexual abuse.

This shocking memoir tells how, for years, a priest’s abuse was ignored by the Catholic Church – and how one brave small boy stood up for justice.

Tears of the Silenced: An Amish True Crime Memoir of Childhood Sexual Abuse, Brutal Betrayal, and Ultimate Survival by Misty Griffin (Autor);
Surviving Severe Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Leaving the Amish Church

A gripping story that takes you on the journey of a child abuse and sexual assault survivor turned activist. Photo Gallery in the back of the book.

True story of child abuse. When Misty Griffin was six years old, her family started to live and dress like the Amish. Misty and her sister were kept as slaves on a mountain ranch and subjected to almost complete isolation, sexual abuse, and extreme physical violence. Their step-father kept a loaded rifle by the door to make sure the young girls were too terrified to try to escape. No rescue would ever come since the few people who knew they existed did not care.

Sexual abuse among the Amish. When Misty reached her teens, her parents feared she and her sister would escape and took them to an Amish community. Devastated to again find herself in a world of fear, cruelty, and abuse, Misty was sexually assaulted by the bishop. As Misty recalls, "Amish sexual abusers are only shunned by the church for six weeks, a punishment that never seems to work....I knew I had to get help, and one freezing morning in early March, I made a dash for a tiny police station in rural Minnesota. After reporting the bishop, I left the Amish and found myself plummeted into a strange modern world with only a second-grade education and no ID or social security card."

Misty has a message for abuse survivors: "Please be encouraged, the cycle of abuse can be broken. This is my story of survival and moving past the abuse to embrace my dreams." In June 2019 Misty graduated nursing school. She continues to work to raise awareness about child abuse and sexual assault. Through Misty's story, discover:

You are not alone
Your past does not define your future
The abuse you endured was not your fault
Moving forward is possible

If you have read true crime books and child abuse true stories like Educated, A Child Called It or Etched In Sand, then Tears of the Silenced is a must-read.

The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother's Hidden Life by Jasmin Darznik (Autor),
One day shortly after her father's death, when Jasmin Darznik is helping her mother move house, a photograph falls from a stack of old letters. The girl in it is her mother. She is wearing a wedding veil, and at her side stands a man whom Jasmin has never seen before.

Despite Jasmin's pleas, her mother Lili refuses to say anything about the photograph, and Jasmin returns home frustrated and confused. But months later, she receives the first of ten cassette tapes from her mother revealing a wrenching hidden story of her family's true origins in Iran: Lili's troubled history of abuse and neglect, and a daughter she was forced to abandon in order to escape that life. The final tape reveals that Jasmin's sister, Sara - the Good Daughter - is still living in Iran.

In this sweeping, poignant and beautifully written memoir, Jasmin skilfully weaves the stories of three generations of Iranian women into a unique tale of one family's struggle for freedom. The result is an enchanting and unforgettable story of secrets, betrayal, and the unbreakable mother-daughter bond.

Lynchings of Women in the United States: The Recorded Cases, 1851–1946 by Kerry Segrave (Author),
Between 1850 and 1950, at least 115 women were lynched by mobs in the United States. The majority of these women were black. This book examines the phenomenon of the lynching of women, a much more rare occurence than the lynching of men. Over the same hundred year period covered in this text, more than 1,000 white men were lynched, while thousands of black men were murdered by mobs. Of particular importance in this examination is the role of race in lynching, particularly the increase in the number of lynchings of black women as the century progressed. Details are provided—when available—in an attempt to shine a light on this form of deadly mob violence.

Noble Stones: In the name of honour by Waheed Mohiuddin (Author);
Stoning to women till death is no doubt a barbaric ritual that is still being practiced in some parts of the world especially in the Islamic countries. A few years ago the Suriya's story in Iran grabbed the international attention and similar cases can be found in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and in the Arabian states but a large number of such cases are never reported.
It is claimed if a woman involved in adultery, according to the Sharia Law, she had to be stoned to death.
The question of gender discrimination raised when men enjoy relaxation in this Law as in the Surriya case, the man had not been punished but Surriya was stoned. later on, she was innocent.

Anita Kanitz, Stuttgart, Germany
2 years ago
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