After a shotgun wedding, the author found herself barefoot and pregnant--and the mother of four babies by age twenty-one. Follow along on Daleen's personal journey from coal miner's wife to teen mom to award-winning journalist, determined to break the silence that shatters women and children's lives. A riveting true story, this memoir demonstrates the astonishing resilience of the human spirit.
Kenneth V. Lanning, a retired FBI special supervisory agent who spent more than twenty years teaching about family violence at Quantico, Va., wrote the foreword for Sister of Silence.
He says it's "ultimately a story of survival and hope." Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a Johns Hopkins University nursing professor and one of the country's leading family violence researchers, calls Sister of Silence
Campbell was the first professor to place the book on her syllabus. Sister of Silence
is being taught at the University of Louisville; Dr. Jean Shimosaki, LCSW, MSW, a Bay Area therapist, is using it with her patients, as it provides "a step-by-step guide for healing."
About the Author
Daleen Berry is an award-winning author, editor, and investigative journalist who also contributes to the Huffington Post, the Daily Beast and xoJane. She has written more than 3,000 articles for regional publications and newspapers across the country. She is an invited speaker at local and national events featuring child abuse and domestic violence issues and in April 2013 she gave a TED talk based on her memoir. In 2012, Berry was the first-place recipient of the Pearl Buck Writing for Social Change Award, given jointly by the Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Foundation and West Virginia Writers. In 2007 Berry received two second-place awards for her weekly columns from the Maryland, Delaware, D.C. Press Association. One award came in the “Critical Thinking” category; the other award came in the “Feature or Humor” category. Ms. Berry also won a 1990 first-place prize for investigative journalism from the West Virginia Press Association for her three-part series on health care costs. In May 2005, Ms. Berry placed second in Fairmont State University’s M.M. Neely Persuasive Speaking Competition, for her speech regarding child sexual abuse and its link to domestic violence. Berry also served as editor of The Columns, FSU’s student-run newspaper, during the Fall 2004 semester. In that leadership position, Berry led her staff to a record number of awards in the Society of Collegiate Journalists’ annual competition. In 1991, Ms. Berry was editor-in-chief of publications she wrote and published for the West Virginia Deputy Sheriffs’ Association and the West Virginia Fraternal Order of Police. Ms. Berry has reported and edited many newspapers during her long career, including The Cumberland Times-News (2006-08); The Tracy Press, (1997-98); The Dominion Post (1997); The Buckhannon Record Delta (1991); The Kingsville Record (1993); The Preston County Journal (1988-91), and The Panther Press (1979-80). She was also an Associated Press stringer in 1994, and her work has been heard on West Virginia Public Radio. Kenneth Lanning is a former supervisory special agent with the FBI's Behavioral Science Unit at Quantico, Va., who has taught thousands of professionals in his field and written the training manuals on missing children for the NCMEC. Lanning wrote the foreword only after he became convinced it offered something new to the existing literature about child sexual abuse. He is a founding member of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC).