Cry Silent Tears: The heartbreaking survival story of a small mute boy who overcame unbearable suffering and found his voice again

Cry Silent Tears: The heartbreaking survival story of a small mute boy who overcame unbearable suffering and found his voice again

by Joe Peters
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Cry Silent Tears: The heartbreaking survival story of a small mute boy who overcame unbearable suffering and found his voice again by Joe Peters

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780007274062
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 371,241
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)

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.

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Cry Silent Tears 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Grab the tissues, they will be needed. Im not sure what made me buy this one, it was clearly going to be heart wrenching and disturbing...but i bought it anyway and couldnt stop reading it until it was finished. Its sad, infruiating, terrifying and unforgettable.
K-Bella More than 1 year ago
Well wrote story. I love Joe's books! Much much much better than A Child Called It. Deff couldnt put this book down, and when I did as soon as I could I picked it right back up! LOVE LOVE IT!!! Dont think twice about this book..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is truly inspring. I knew child abouse was wrong and horrible but i never really knew what happened when the doors of the abouser closed. This book has changed my life. This book truly touched my heart. I dont know how many times cried just trying to get through the chapters. I would loe to meet Joe Peters and tell him how this book changed my life and maybe some day I will, but as of know this is a dream. I highly reccomend Cry Silent Tears to anyone out there judging people becouse of the way they dress, look and even the color of them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His family and his abusers ought to be ashamed of themselves and the lives that they choose to lead...especially his birthmother..and I use the term as such because a real "mother" protects, nutures and loves and does not leaves a child defenseless, alone and able to be destroyed by herself and others because of some deficit in their own personality.This book was uncompromising in its approach and while I have to admit that this style of writing may not appeal to every brought home the fact that most of the children that are brought to or held by pedophiles are done so through the hands of their own family. Joe, the baby boy who suffered at the evil hands of her mother after his father died in a horrible way...I found myself asking to God "why didn't you kill the mother instead??", "why evil people get away so easily and live longer?". We will never know why things happen the way they do, the good thing about this story is that it gave me an insight of childhood behavior when they're being abused, they sometimes act aggressively or shut themselves out from thing for sure is: always believe the child!!! if a child says he/she is being beaten or doesn't want to go home please listen to them...those red flags should never be ignored. However, Joe became a very brave boy with a gold of heart in spite of all the abuse he suffered. I am glad he is fine now. God bless him and his family and to children going through similar things...I pray God may help them in a way or another and that evil people get their punishments!!     
CourtneySheffield28 More than 1 year ago
This was a very compelling book. If you were interested in A Child Called it, this book has similar ideas. It is about a boy who is abused by his family after his father dies, and is mistreated, sexually abused, beaten, and neglected. I couldn't put it down, because I needed to know what happened in the end.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book! If your like me and love true stories then you'll love this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down. I was first drawn in by the little boy on the cover. I just want to hug him and tell him he's okay. I started reading it the day before my anniversary and I was so upset by this book that I spent my anniversary dinner telling my husband everything that I read so far in the book. We got home and it was so hard to get out of my mind. My husband told me to go on line and look him up and what do you know.... there's another book. I stayed up and finished the book. I cried like a baby at the end. I ordered the second book right away before I went to bed. I got up early in the morning and read the second book while my family was sleeping. It was gripping, loving, sad, and so so emotional. In the morning I hugged all three of my kids and told them how much daddy and I loved them. Then we decided to just have a family day. I will never know how joe over came so many obsticles in his life. We are just about the same age, and I don't think I would be as strong and determined as he was. God bless everyone who helped him in his journey to find happiness and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is wondefully written. Its increadably powerful, and equally painful to read. God bless this author for having the will to survive that life, and then to relive it as he wrote each page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book reminds me of a child called it. His mother abusis him but the father protects him. This book is truly amazing. I hope everyone enjiyed it as much as me. Warning: You will need a box of clanex
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Utterly disgusting. This borders on child porn and i would never ever had bought this if it had not been sold by B & N. You should be arrested for knowlingly selling such garbage. I expected you to have better standards. I want it deleted immediately from my nook library.
WonderWomanLS More than 1 year ago
A very difficult book to read. My heart broke for Joe. He did a great job of writing about the abuse he suffered at the hands of his mother and other adults. It is frightening to think that there are people in the world who this abusing their child is ok. What's is REALLY frightening is his remark that so many of the children being exploited in the sex trade are sent there by the people who are SUPPOSED to love and protect them. This book should be required reading for ALL social workers, attorneys and judges who work with children and families, especially the ones who believe that family reintegration is the best option for all children!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely tough to read. It took me quite a while to get through it only because I couldn't bare the hardship and abuse that joe went through. Having children of my own, I cant even fathom the thought of hitting my kids. Reading the abuse joe had to endure is truly heart wrenching. Im just glad he was able to overcome the past and set a true example for his wife and five children. His mother and the abusers should all burn in hell.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is truly disturbing individuals like those in this book exist. I normally don't read true crime novels as they are extremely depressing to me, however I would recommend everyone read this book. Grab some tissues before you get started.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book made me cry and cry but kept me reading it more than once this book is similar to a child called it but alot more descriptive it just wraps you in the pages so much that anythough its sad you never can stop reading it. Joeif your reading this comment i would just like to say you are a very good man and so brave to survive the sexal physical and emotional pain you went through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It so very hard to understand how a mother or any one can treat a child or adult the way Joe was abused what is wrong with the humans of the world today????? Was very glad he eventually was able to find some one who listened to him and he s finally happy. What I also don't understand is why people feel they have to use such vagur langage to get the point across. Do not know how to rate this book. I was unhappy with the language and sad by the abuse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sad and very touching all in one book. Makes you think about the people you see on the streets. As a parent some of it was hard to read. How could someone do those things to a small boy? I hope everyone involved got what they deserved for their actions. I truely hope Joe over came everything he endured in those years. The second book is also a must read.
kindergartenDE More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most moving, touching books that I have ever read. What an example of how the system has failed this poor little boy once again. I couldn't wait to read the next page. I think this would be an excellent book for a Book Club to discuss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very hard reading praying for you all
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
my heart breaks for the life this man lead, the things he went through. the only i couldn't comprehend about this book was his admission that he never went to the police to turn anyone in...but i can understand that it must have been hard to do. i just wonder if he could have saved others if he would have.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This child went through HELL before he finally got so upset he found a way to find his voice--so he could tell people how he was abused. It is unfortunate that parents can get by with lies & that the social workers don't doubt when they see marks of abuse on a child. They should learn how to not believe the smiley, friendly, mother that lied to them while the poor child stood helpless with no way to respond himself. If you love children, read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read. Read it in 1 day. Great from start to finish.
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