Hear Me: No Longer Silent

Hear Me: No Longer Silent

by Brenda Hammon

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Overview

At age five, Brenda learns fast to play, to tackle challenges with determination, and to ride the horses she loves. She also learns that she doesn't need to be afraid of strangers. Instead harm lurks much closer.
Brenda's life changes forever when a hired farm hand and a member of her own family sexually assault her.
These early violations ripple into more anguish-mental, emotional, and physical abuse-that continues as Brenda crawls her way through her youth, fearing members of her own family and never trusting anyone but herself.
Threatened, afraid and ashamed, Brenda stays silent, her story a terrible secret she can never tell.
Then she meets Alfred. Barely out of high school, with no one else to turn to for help from the demons that haunt her, Brenda marries him, a man who she thinks will protect her and keep her safe.
Except that her new protector has secrets of his own, and Brenda must now survive new dangers and new assaults. For over two decades, she must fight with everything she has to stay alive and escape the marriage.
In the end, she must decide if she'll keep her secrets locked up in the quiet or finally give voice to the little girl inside who was silenced long ago.
Hear Me is the harrowing story of one woman's story of breaking a terrible cycle of abuse and finding her true voice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780994052377
Publisher: Spirit Creek Publishing
Publication date: 04/20/2017
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.41(d)

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Hear Me: No Longer Silent 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ReadersFavorite5 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite Author Brenda Hammon shares her journey of finding her authentic voice in her nonfiction work, Hear Me. Brenda grew up in North Alberta, Canada, on a farm with her parents and two brothers, Hank and Al. A hired farm hand, Ted, was the first person to sexually abuse her, at the age of five years old. Several months later, she suffered a horrendous attack by both Ted and a family member. Their threats to kill her parents if she told caused her to keep these abuses a secret. Her only escape was riding and caring for her horse, Cocoa. This horse loved her unconditionally, unlike her parents, who did not understand her seemingly unusual behaviors resulting from the traumatic events of her young life. Unfortunately, the abuse continued in her marriage to Alfred. Her love of horses, and the birth and upbringing of her cherished twin daughters, also led to her ability to survive. Her journey of healing, and finding hope, trust and love, is truly memorable. This nonfiction work can be difficult to read at times, as it realistically details how abuse can be inflicted. The book also portrays the troubling patterns of secrecy within an abusive family system. Brenda Hammon, in Hear Me, balances these atrocities with her acts of courage and strength. When she shares her road to wholeness, she gives hope to all those who have lived through abuse themselves. Her writing style is one of purpose and clarity, and underneath it is the wish to help others. This is a very important and unforgettable work.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite Hear Me: No Longer Silent (Breaking the Cycle) (Volume 1) is Brenda Hammon’s third book about her personal experience of sexual abuse. The first caused her to forget how to spell words of more than one syllable; she was in the head of a terrified five-year-old. The second took her step further. Hear Me is a bold attempt to help other victims. Brenda, raped by a farmhand, and then her brother, disbelieved by her mother, is isolated, learning to trust only herself, her own determination to survive, and the horses she loves. Brenda marries for protection from her own family. Can she escape her memories, the shame and lack of self-worth, the secrets she’s afraid to tell, and a possessive, unfaithful, husband with a penchant for pornographic magazines? Brenda Hammon’s story of her life, Hear Me: No Longer Silent (Breaking the Cycle) (Volume 1), is a very brave book to publish, and it comes over as an extraordinarily honest account of the effects of abuse on a young child. The most shocking thing about Brenda’s life is the sheer normality of a great deal. Horses were her escape, both mentally and physically, but she was bought horses by her father, who did nothing to protect her from her mother’s mental bullying. Hear Me is targeted at women who have been abused, to reassure them that it is not their fault and the help they need is there if they find the courage to take it. Other readers will no longer turn a blind eye to suspicion; this is a brilliantly-written and powerful guide to children suffering abuse behind "respectable" front doors.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite Hear Me: No Longer Silent by Brenda Hammon is a powerful story in the Breaking the Cycle series, a non-fiction read that recounts one woman’s struggle with the cycle of abuse and how she found the inner freedom to get her voice heard. Brenda’s story starts in the very early years of her childhood when she is sexually assaulted by a hired farm hand and a member of her own family. She grows up with memories of the abuses of her childhood, feeling emotionally and psychologically hurt by the abuses. When she meets Alfred, she believes he'll be the man who’ll protect her, but she couldn’t be more wrong. It turns out Alfred has his own dark secrets, his inner wounds that change him into a dangerous man. Her marriage with him is transformed into the same story of abuse and violence. This book documents her resolve to claim her freedom by speaking out. This is the story of millions of victims and it will come across as a powerful encouragement to victims of sexual assault. I couldn’t help thinking about the drama that took place during the campaign for the 2016 Presidential elections in the US, with women accusing the presidential candidate of sexual impropriety. One immediately understands that victims, especially those experiencing this violation at a very tender age, can shut themselves up, recoil in silence, and suffer over the years. Brenda Hammon’s writing is confident, and the reader immediately notices the honesty and candor with which she speaks. It takes a lot of courage to speak the truth, but when that truth involves one’s brokenness, it deserves to be received as a gift. Hear Me: No Longer Silent is a gift that must be read and shared, a story that encourages abused men and women to take up arms and fight for their freedom and dignity. Well-written, with powerful insights, and a message that can’t be ignored, especially by people of this age.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite Brenda Hammon’s memoir is a courageous work that deals with one of the subjects that many people avoid — sexual assault — and it showcases the damaging effects it can have on an individual’s growth, self-confidence, and self-esteem. Brenda suffered immensely over the years because a family member assaulted her sexually, an experience that would follow her as she grew up until she met Alfred, the man she married with the hopes of finding protection and trust. But she was wrong because her husband turned out to be another nightmare, causing her untold suffering through his repeated abuses. Hear Me: No Longer Silent, the first volume in the series, expresses how the protagonist found the courage to break free from the cycle of abuse and to stand up for herself. I enjoyed reading this book and I felt happy at the fact that the protagonist could stand up for herself. This is the story that many abused persons should read because many of them suffer in silence. At times, one just needs to speak out and the wound is tended to. In this memoir, the author explores how devastating the experience can be. Apart from making one lose trust in men, it triggers lack of trust in one’s self and a degrading feeling of shame. Readers will find words of encouragement in these pages and the courage to step up against anyone who violates their dignity. Brenda Hammon writes with simplicity and the paragraphs are laced with emotional insights and thoughts that inspire. Hear Me: No Longer Silent is a story of pain, hope, and redemption, a book that offers powerful insights into the agony lived by many women in the silence of their night.