new from beyond the tears

August 4, 2009


April is National Sexual Abuse Awareness Month. In Colorado Springs CO, survivors of sexual abuse, and their supporters, will be conducting an art show and sale. The show is called "Finding Our Voices" and the University of the Rockies is the host at the Harvey House Auditorium.

Poetry and Performance and Safely Sharing Stories

Pictured is Joyce Aubrey, who will present "Aftershocks" which is her unique perspective of using art as a healing medium

Other events are scheduled for the weekend.

For more information email

Posted By Lynn C. Tolson to Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor’s Story at 4/03/2009 12:36:00 PM


Rozetta Mowery chose to leave her corporate job to determine the truth of her family’s history. She aptly titled her book Tragedy in Tin Can Holler. It reads like a combination of memoir and documentary, with domestic violence as the main theme. Mowery describes the horrific effects on the family with a true story that spans generations.

Through historic letters and reports, Mowery discovers that her grandmother lured, killed, and buried men in a mass grave. Unfortunately, Rozetta limits her description of her grandmother, saying, “Because Grace was half-German and half-Italian, she inherited a spirit of energy.” Such ethnic stereotypes may be insulting, and have no value to the reader’s experience. The point is that the grandmother was a serial killer.

Mowery uses crisp and cliche’ character descriptions. For example, she describes a minor character: “Ernest was the runt of the family. He was not very big…” Yet another minor male character “may have been part Mexican or Indian…. Because he had dark skin.” Other descriptions are offensive. When Rozetta refers to the children of the community, she says, “They would run around the big campfires like wild Indians.” However, the reasons Rozetta wrote this book include awareness of domestic violence. Perhaps her desire to send a message is greater than the need for appropriate character development.

How do six children survive neglect, poverty, sexual abuse, and domestic violence? How do children bond with relatives who are felons? Rozetta explains, “everyone helped their neighbors and shared food and clothes.” The siblings also survived by the love of their mother, who would nurture them through songs, books, and prayers.

Rozetta was a toddler when her father was incarcerated. The children were sent to orphanage, then placed in separate foster homes. The mother longed for her children, yet was unable to care for them. Meanwhile, her grandfather lived in luxury, perceived by the community as a generous man. However, he offered no generosity toward the innocent children. Upon release of Rozetta’s father, the children were returned to their parents.

The worst was yet to come, including increased intoxication of both parents and escalating physical abuse, to the ultimate act of murder.

Decades later, Rozetta had to read the newspaper article of her mother’s murder. Two men looked on as a husband murdered his wife. The news article says that one of the men said he did not intervene because it was a “family affair.” How neighborly is that?

Rozetta writes about what happened to the children who had been used and abused. One turned to boys, another to booze, another to pot. Rozetta was the only Mowery child who graduated from high school, and she graduated with honors.

Rozetta Mowery tells this gruesome story to expose the devastation of domestic violence. Read the book for the message! Look beyond the rough writing style, and experience a courageous woman who has smoothed the way for future generation. Just don’t read the book before bed because it will haunt you in your sleep!

Review completed by Lynn C. Tolson, author of Beyond the Tears: A True Survivor’s Story

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