Sister Of Silence

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Forced into a shotgun wedding after her high school was featured on national television for having the highest number of pregnant teens in the United States, Daleen found herself married to a coal miner who kept her barefoot and pregnant. By age twenty-one she had four children. Sister of Silence is the amazing story of her personal journey, and how she went from being a teen mom to an award-winning journalist determined to break the silence that shatters women and children's ...
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Sister of Silence: A Memoir

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Forced into a shotgun wedding after her high school was featured on national television for having the highest number of pregnant teens in the United States, Daleen found herself married to a coal miner who kept her barefoot and pregnant. By age twenty-one she had four children. Sister of Silence is the amazing story of her personal journey, and how she went from being a teen mom to an award-winning journalist determined to break the silence that shatters women and children's lives.
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The memoir of a woman who married the man who sexually molested her from the age of 13, and her subsequent psychological struggles to be freed from his abuse. Daleen Berry thought she was having a fairly happy childhood, except for her father's occasional drunken outbursts of verbal and physical abuse against her mother. So when Berry's neighbor, Eddie--a young man her family likes and the older brother of one of her friends--pushes her into actions she knows are wrong, she tries to stay a "good girl" by convincing herself they're in love, resolving to marry him one day. When Berry becomes pregnant at 16, they finally do get married; so begins more than a decade of verbal abuse, marital rapes and Eddie's complete disregard for Berry's control of her own body. He forces her to have four children before she's 22. As Eddie's behavior deteriorates and he finds himself unable to hold a steady job, Berry begins to work outside the house to help make ends meet, despite Eddie's protests and ridicule. Only then does Berry realize that the abuse she suffers isn't normal--and it isn't her fault. To her credit, Berry doesn't present herself as a saint, nor Eddie as a complete monster. In the book's foreword, Kenneth V. Lanning, a former FBI agent and consultant in crimes against children, introduces the running theme of the book: Acquaintance or marital rape is still rape. Berry raises the interesting--and uncomfortable--specter of a teenage girl's budding sexuality being met by the inappropriate attention of an adult who should know better. She questions society's tacit acceptance of violence toward women, yet all in an involving story of her background, adult life and gradual awakening to her own situation, along with her demand for something better for herself and her children. Berry--an award-winning journalist in her native West Virginia--is an engaging writer, her style fluid and easy to read, with welcome touches of humor and sustained tension throughout. The ending isn't quite as resolved as one would hope, given that the events described seem to be well in the past, but Berry gives her maturing awareness and growing strength an intriguing, thought-provoking treatment. An engaging though disturbing view of rape and child abuse from a seldom-seen perspective.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615388601
  • Publisher: Nellie Bly Books
  • Publication date: 1/18/2011
  • Pages: 342
  • Sales rank: 992,428
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2011

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    YOU CAN CHOSE TO END THIS SILENCE

    I read this book in one sitting. I could totally relate to the author. I was not sexually abused as a child. I got pregnant at 16 and "had" to get married. I was raped by my husband. That expression was laughed at then and still is now. My husband took the phone cord from the wall and wrapped it around my neck and chocked me to show me that he could have sex with me without my permission. The physical abuse was horrendous. He beat me so badly one time that I didn't have a white spot left on my body. So everything in this book was believable to me including her self-recrimations. Why do women stay? There are so many reasons. They believe the garbage that there tormentors spew out. They are cut off from family and friends. They are ashamed and feel that God is punishing them for some wrong doing. The famous line you made your bed, you lie in it now. I was treated like a criminal for getting pregnant (1960's). Somehow in 2012 we still have teenage girls being hit by thier boyfriends. We need books like this to help young women before it is too late. Do you realize just in the past few years how many women have been killed by there husbands/boyfriends? I hope this book is on every high school counselors bookcase. In the libraries and given out at battered womens shelters. It is full of hope. It shows that you leave and can overcome this terrible life.By writing this I have chosen to step out of my silence and speak out of the abuse.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2011

    Great Book - Great Woman

    Author Daleen Berry is one of the bravest women I know. Her courage to tell this story inspires me to take off my "mask" and finally find some closure. I know many people will feel the same so I can only say Thank You so much for this gift.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 24, 2011

    You cannot put this one down

    The intriguing cover will make you pick this book up, but the first few lines will guarantee that you will not be able to put this book down. This is one woman's story of triumph over a lost childhood, an abusive teenage marriage and the depression that resulted.

    If you are reading this because you are being abused, hope will be there to embrace. Should you not understand how an abused person continues to stay in the situation, you will by the time the last page has been read.

    If you are a parent, you will quickly see how very important creating a relationship in which your child is never afraid to tell you anything.

    Ms. Berry is a talented writer and has written about a subject that she could have chosen not to share with the whole world. I believe the world justmight be a better place for some because she was not afraid to share.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2011

    I can SO relate!

    This book is a memoir of Daleen's life, but it could be about any number of women that I have known or read about in the paper or seen in the news. The book is about so many things that I could relate to . . . alcoholism runs in our family and I have seen the damage it can do to the family unit. I also had a very abusive first marriage (I was 19 years old when I married the first time) and I am lucky to have escaped without physical harm, although the mental abusive can sometimes be just as bad. I think it took a lot of courage for Daleen to write about her mental health as well . . . I really recommend this book and I think it is SO important that we spread the word that women in abusive marriages/relationships have options. I hope that this book helps change the lives of woman and families and give hope . . . I know, for myself it helped me realize that I was not alone in my thoughts and actions during my first marriage.

    I also am a proud mother, my daughter Megan Hagebush, did the illustration for the cover, which I think sets the mood for the entire book. So much could have changed if Daleen had been able to go to her mother at 13 and tell her what she was going through (rapes by a family friend who was "helping" the family). The subject of sexual abuse is a tough subject to talk about and especially when it is a family friend or worse, family member, it is often shushed. Let's not be sisters of silence . . . tell your children (even your sons) that even if something like this happens to them (and it happens in a lot of families, believe me) find someone to talk to. Tell someone . . . it's NEVER the child's or teen's fault. NEVER. Thank you for telling us such a personal part of your life, Daleen. I really admire your courage.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2011

    I couldn't put it down!

    I had to read the book in one sitting. Ms. Berry's heartbreaking story is beautifully written. This riveting memoir is a reminder of the need to teach our daughters and sons how to recognize abusive relationships and seek assistance. Ms. Berry's strength and determination to care for her children and still recognize her dreams amaze me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

    Daleen Berry - Thank You For Sharing Your Story

    Got up Sunday morning after your book signing and started reading Sister of Silence -- didn't put it down and finished it that afternoon. Daleen, thank you for having the courage to tell your family's story in such a sensitive and compelling way.

    I was moved by the book, but the one comment that really struck me as so true was when Trudy told you that she wanted to commend you for choosing your children over your husband because most women do not. I have known many women who chose men who were not even their children's father over their children and subjected their children to years of domestic violence without a thought to the children. I commend you too for choosing to take the necessary action to protect your children and to begin a new, healthy and happier successful life. Your story will be an inspiration to many women who need to have a model to use on how to break the cycle.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2011

    Comments from An Angry Dad

    As a dad of a 50+ year old daughter who has suffered from PTSD and severe emotional and mental problems since she was a teenager, this book helps provide insight into the hidden and horrid experiences that lead to a child or teenager suffering so terribly. While my daughter was not abused by a family member or husband, it was a step father who repeatedly sexually abused her, followed by a series of others who were supposedly friends of the family.
    This author's tenacity and perserverance to make something of her life and be of help to other women who may have suffered the same or similar abuses is beautifully portrayed in this Book.
    I recommend it highly to everyone, in particular those who may have or are now suffering, and especially to those who may counsel or interact with women (or men) who are dealing with the serious consequences that result from such abuse. Pastors, school counselors, and other mental health professionals -- this is a great book -- I highly recommend it be part of your library.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2011

    A beautiful book about an ugly subject

    Daleen is a truly gifted writer. She uses this talent and her own heartbreaking history to shed light on a subject we'd rather ignore. Her story of psychological isolation and sexual abuse is a painful one. But it is told with such skill that we race from page to page, unable to put the book down. The story is one of abuse, but also redemption. How Daleen was able to successfully raise four wonderful children and establish a career for herself as a journalist and author is an inspiration. I read many, many books. This is one of the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    You must check it out~!!!!!!

    I thought this was a good book because I know the writer, so I give the book to my Mother, who thought it was a good book, but she also knows not only the writer, but the parents, and the places mentioned.....so I still didn't know....so I gave the book to my step-sister, who knows no one and no place, then I ask, "was it a good book?" her answer.....

    YES!!! I WANT TO MEET THIS WOMAN!!!

    My step-sister normally only reads the fiction scary stuff, but she honestly loved this book.

    For myself, it called to mind many, many memories....Loved it!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    A must read.

    This is a wonderful book about terrible things that can happen to women. Ms. Berry's account of her abuse is riveting. I read it in one night, I could not put it down. Her book will, without a doubt, help countless other abused women to begin to heal from their traumas. It will help those women so much to know that they are not alone. Ms. Berry truly "Breaks the Silence." A must read for all women and their men.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    I Couldn't Put the Book Down!

    I'm not an avid reader, so any book that captures my attention is worth blogging and reviewing about. The author's writing style keeps you moving through the story as if you were there; experiencing all the ups-and-downs through her personal memoirs. I'm fascinated by people who have such a strong desire to survive and the author's will to move forward with her life against all odds gives me personal strength, endurance and hope. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to get a glimpse of real humanity at its worst and best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2011

    A powerful reality and a shocking secret unveiled!!

    "Schindler's List" wasn't pleasant but it was necessary. This truth isn't editorializing. The story-teller simply states powerful facts. Through those facts one can see what is important to her-those 'four sweet grapes.' As she matures, the reader says "you go girl" with every captivating step forward. She leaves Eddie in the dust and her character doesn't stop blossoming! Her passion for life triumphs as she moves into her life as was meant to be all along. If you're interested in seeing the darkest places in one heart turn to a positively glowing ribbon of success in another, you need to read this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

    Good Book

    Good book, kept my attention.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    Excellent book on a very difficult subject!!

    An awesome story of courage, hope, and survival!! I had a hard time putting this book down. I would recommend it to everyone. Parents can learn what to watch for in abused children, adolescents can learn to talk about abuse, men and boys can learn what is not acceptable. I will definitely be sharing it with everyone I know! Daleen, thanks so much for having the courage to share your story when many of us don’t have the strength!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Excellent, inspirational memoir

    Daleen did a beautiful job putting her story in to words. Her story is truly inspirational. Luckily, I have never experienced abuse, but I am in awe of anyone who can rise above circumstances like hers and thrive. I would have loved an epilogue.

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  • Posted January 19, 2012

    Wow...amazing story

    Describing Daleen Berry's memoir leaves me at a bit of a loss for words. It's amazing, horrifying, and inspiring. It is a very serious subject matter and I found I had to take breaks from it yet I wanted to keep reading.

    Her story is shocking, sickening and later inspiring. She's a strong woman. I can't imagine how hard it would be to survive and to tell what she went through.

    I highly recommend this book to the regular reader and to those in counseling or who work with/around young girls.

    Best wishes to Daleen and her new life!

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  • Posted December 29, 2011

    Very inspirational!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and Daleen's journey was very inspiring. Her strength should be an source of strength to anyone who has ever been abused or is struggling with anything in their life. After reading this book, my troubles seem minor and I know I can face anything if Daleen could do it. I highly recommend this book to anyone regardless of past or present life experiences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    Life Changing

    This book brings to life the dangerous world of silence and holding in the truth. Author Daleen Berry takes readers through the journey of her life as it related to her relationship with her ex-husband. She offers the reasoning's for why she stayed and actions which helped her leave not only a physically abusive relationship but also one flooded with mental manipulation.

    Sister of Silence is an essential book to read. It brings understanding and empowerment to anyone who has ever faced an abusive relationship, and it stresses the importance of self-advocating. If you fear that you or a loved one may be experiencing an abusive relationship of ANY KIND, this may be the book to shed some light and advice.

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  • Posted April 4, 2011

    To ANYONE who cares to understand, to all who have been silenced, PLEASE read this!

    It cannot be stressed enough how much it helps that the community is aware of this, is able to recognize it, does not minimize it it or ignore it. This is a very delicate subject, difficult to understand by those who have not endured it.
    Coming from the position of one who helps others and also has been one who was silenced for many years, this can save a life. Even now, I am sure it is part of saving mine. KNOW that ANY of us can do something to help those facing dangers in a place they should be safe.
    You will find deep insight with Ms. Berry's courage in writing her story and how she made her way through these mind numbing experiences, learned how to work through it and not let it overcome her. It may be difficult to read at times, but is worth every moment and every emotion in order to help some of us to get through this sort of pain and to help the others of us to be there for those who are going through it and getting out of it.
    I recommend it strongly!
    Best to you all!--Sharon Patricia

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  • Posted February 24, 2011

    A MUST read eye opener

    Sister of Silence by Daleen Berry is an emotional story of one truly amazing woman's transformation. Berry's story will leave you shocked, heartbroken and ultimately in awe of her climb from teen mom to successful journalist and author. It is so easy to think it happens somewhere else but in reality it is an all-too-prevalent occurrence. This book has opened my eyes and my heart. I consider it a must read for parents and in fact for any person considering any type of social work as a vocation.

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