I Cried, You Didn't Listen, 3rd Edition; Dwight E. Abbott; Author of CONSEQUENCE

I Cried, You Didn't Listen, 3rd Edition; Dwight E. Abbott; Author of CONSEQUENCE

by Dwight Abbott
     
 

An early Winner of the PROJECT CENSORED AWARD OF EXCELLENCE;
I Cried, You Didn't Listen is a powerful story. It is shocking, haunting and brutal. Although it is a rare and valuable document, what is exceptional is not Dwight Abbott's experience, but his clarity and courage in sharing that experience. Dwight tells the disturbing tale of a very young child,… See more details below

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An early Winner of the PROJECT CENSORED AWARD OF EXCELLENCE;
I Cried, You Didn't Listen is a powerful story. It is shocking, haunting and brutal. Although it is a rare and valuable document, what is exceptional is not Dwight Abbott's experience, but his clarity and courage in sharing that experience. Dwight tells the disturbing tale of a very young child, first committed to the care of the state because of family tragedy and bad luck.
Once institutionalized, he must learn to live within the cruel dynamics of a system that grants power through violence and leaves children at the mercy of predatory adults. He is continually faced with the need to choose between dehumanizing options: Be predator or be prey.
Even in Dwight's description of racialist violence we see the effect that the social system has had on him – cementing stereo-types and prejudices that become self-fulfilling prophesy. Dwight's account is terrifying. Upon reading it, one must recognize that, faced with the stark choice between victimizing another and being a victim oneself, the morals and values that make sense in freedom fall away. Perpetrating violence appears as the best option for self-preservation. This is the fundamental dynamic at work in Dwight's institutional life.
I Cried, You Didn't Listen shows that, within incarcerating institutions, violence in all its forms – sexual assault, cliques, crews, gangs, emotional abuse – is essentially about power and control both over and above one’s own sense of self. - BOOKS NOT BARS

I have had the privilege of reading the ‘Proofs’ of the yet to be published revised and enhanced 3rd Edition of I CRIED, YOU DIDN’T LISTEN; as well as the 1st Edition. The 3rd Edition has many added personal pictures and details, as well as many testimonials. It is a MUST read; not only to remember the heartbreaking loss of innocence, but to once again ignite whatever “call to arms” that the reader might take in exposing and attacking this ‘cancer’ growing in us and our society. Get the word out!
There seems to be a 'question' as to whether this book's content would be 'less valid', if Sonny had been incarcerated because he 'damn well DESERVED it; rather than through a 'crack' in the system. I would like to suggest that; even if the Author had been incarcerated because he is, or was, a 'blood thirsty murderer'; it would have absolutely NO bearing on the truth of Dwight’s message. This book is not, in ANY way, shape or form , an indictment of 'guilty' or 'not guilty', incarcerated children. This Book is an indictment of the 'handlers', administrators and 'supporters' that are hired, trained, retained or volunteer, under the auspices of the California Youth Authority.
The CYA, as it is, has been entrusted with the care and attempted rehabilitation of abused and/or abusive ignorant waifs. The truth of the matter is that, these children, when in helpless (‘hopeless‘) imprisonment behind closed doors, find any abuse they suffered or perpetrated, outside the CYA before incarceration, totally 'PALING' in comparison to what they will and do experience; and subsequently learn, as a way of life, inside the CYA.
Is there a 'way' or 'ways' to stop; or at least, 'curtail' the many abuses suffered by children by adult authority figures; especially in 'closed' rooms? Are there any possible steps that might be taken both inside and outside the system, by anybody, that may have a positive result? If so, these steps may need to be 'spelled' out and alluded to. The one obvious step resounding throughout this book is ‘Chilling‘: "Whatever the cost; do not enter the CYA; it IS a fate WORSE than DEATH!" No longer will I question the statement of many a ‘escapee’; when they vow: “I will NEVER be taken alive!” Danny Abbott

Publishers Weekly:
This harrowing volume tells of a young boy ripped from his secure middle-class existence and placed in the thick of California's abusive penal system. In the early 1950s, when Abbott was nine years old, his parents were badly injured in a car crash. Housed for four months at Los Angeles Juvenile Hall, he was beaten by the other children and sexually molested by a counselor. This experience began a nonstop pattern of abuse, retaliation and incarceration. Abbott's chronicle takes him from reform school to federal prison, detailing inmate honor codes and caste systems, as well as the diligently enforced homosexual roles of ``straight'' (dominant) and ``punk'' (passive). Although supported by his parents throughout his ordeal, a tragic lack of communication prevented any constructive bond with them. Only through his friendship and eventual affair with Stubby, a fellow Youth Authority prisoner, did Abbott receive and give love during this period in his life. The author's well-written story..

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Editorial Reviews

Alden Mills
“I CRIED, YOU DIDN'T LISTEN IS THE MOST POWERFUL TALE OF HORROR WITHIN THE WALLS OF PENAL INSTITUTIONS SINCE PAPILLON THE TERRIFYING ASPECT IS THAT IT DESCRIBES AMERICA'S JUVENILE SYSTEM" - Alden Mills, ARETE MAGAZINE
Don Davis
"I CRIED YOU DIDN'T LISTEN IS A POWERFUL INDICTMENT OF A SYSTEM THAT MAY HAVE LOST TRACK OF ITS PURPOSE." - Don Davis, THE SAN DIEGO UNION
Publishers Weekly
"THE AUTHOR'S WELL-WRITTEN STORY COMES AT THE READER FAST AND FURIOUSLY; SHOCKING READERS INTO AN AWARENESS OF THE INHUMANITY OF AMERICA'S JUVENILE PENAL INSTITUTIONS."- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
Christian Parenti
"THIS IS A SEARINGLY HONEST BOOK - READ IT IF YOU HAVE THE COURAGE. DWIGHT EDGAR ABBOTT'S STORY WILL REVEAL MORE ABOUT THE SELF-FUELING HORRORS OF INCARCERATION THAN WOULD TEN OF THE AVERAGE CRIMINOLOGY TEXTS. FOR YEARS THIS BOOK HAS CIRCULATED AS AN ALMOST CULT UNDERGROUND DOCUMENT, A SIMPLE KEY TO EXPLAINING THE COMPLEX WRETCHED MESS THAT IS THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM." - Christian Parenti; American investigative journalist; of: "LOCKDOWN AMERICA," "THE SOFT CAGE" AND "THE FREEDOM."
Van Jones
"SADLY, DWIGHT'S EXPERIENCE ECHOES THE STORIES OF THE THOUSANDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE STILL WAREHOUSED AND DEHUMANIZED IN CALIFORNIA, BUT ALSO SERVES POWERFUL TESTAMENT TO THE NEED FOR A 180 DEGREE SHIFT IN HOW WE DEAL WITH YOUNG PEOPLE IN TROUBLE." - Van Jones, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ELLA BAKER CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014439374
Publisher:
Abbott & Abbott
Publication date:
05/15/2012
Series:
Innocent Until 'Made' Guilty , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
Sales rank:
634,711
File size:
1 MB

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