Tonya Craft, a Georgia kindergarten teacher and loving mother of two, never expected a knock on her door to change her life forever. But in May 2008, false accusations of child molestation turned her world upside down. The trial that followed dragged her reputation through the mud and lent nationwide notoriety to her name. Tonya's life spiraled into a witch-trial nightmare in which she was deemed guilty before her innocence could be determined by a jury. Her children were taken away without even a good-bye, and her own daughter was forced to take the stand against her in a courtroom. The situation seemed hopeless, and Tonya was shell-shocked and heartbroken. But that didn't keep her from finding the strength to fight.
Accused is about more than Tonya's shocking trial and fight for justice. It is the story of a mother's extraordinary love, the faith that sees her through it all, and the forgiveness that sets her free.
©2015 Tonya Craft (P)2015 Tantor
"Accused, the true story of a Tonya Craft's fight against the criminal justice system, is much more than a blow by blow account of a woman facing a prosecutorial steamroller." (Robert Whitlow, author of The Confession)
The story of the witch hunt Tonya Craft endured is heartbreaking and shocking. The narrator brings a liveliness to the story's many characters that pulls you deeper in, especially in the courtroom scenes. I have to say, though, that while I sympathized with Tonya's ordeal throughout I didn't like her a lot by the end. Throughout the book, she peppers in phrases like (I'm paraphrasing here) "It was important that the jury know I'm not a perfect person," yet outside of two small failings she takes credit for, she presents herself mostly as the only morally upright person in the room, a person whose every action is altruistic. I really find that hard to buy. Telling people you're not perfect yet behaving as if you think you are would lend credence to ONE of the prosecution's allegations: that Tonya is a bit narcissistic. Still, narcissist does not remotely equal child molester, and this woman is so completely and clearly innocent it's ridiculous that grown adults could have ever put her and the children in their care through all this.
Here is a woman who is a great teacher, a great friend and great person... small town bias against her. These sick individuals, who were upset were her (an adult) used their children and her own daughter, against her. An eye opening story, one that I hope NO ONE else ever has to go through. Whether friend or enemy, no one deserves the kind of treatment given to Tonya. Having never met her, after hearing this story, I would trust her with my own ten year old daughter, and that says a lot to me. #JusticeForTonya
Best account of the miss use of the court system that I have ever heard. More people that have gone through the same types of being accused falsely should get on Tonya's bandwagon. I knew the end of the story and still am amazed how badly it could have turned out for a classy lady.
The complete theme of truth and forgiveness.
She made me feel that she was Tonya Craft going through the entire process.
Tonya Crafts total acts of forgiveness for those who had hurt her the most any woman can be hurt.
Great lesson in moving forward through forgiveness.
Vassar graduate, living in Mexico and retired.
Could be anyone!
Well told, held my interest, insightful and inspiring. God helped her when she prayed.
Just the right tone, not shrill. Emphatic stress when appropriate.
The entire ordeal is moving. There is relief from the tension as she describes other events.
This book would be a good gift for someone who is seeking faith in God. The woman's faith got her through this nightmare.
This could happen to anyone.
This book was very interesting and kept my attention . The narrator did an excellent job! Scary ordeal Tonya Craft had to go through but I appreciated her honesty about everything and how she spoke about forgiveness! Loved this book!
What an amazing, inspirational and empowering book. I think every attorney should listen to it along with judges and all members of law enforcement. So many of us need a reminder that we should not jade ourselves to what we think we know about people accused of crimes. This book is the perfect example of why we should never forget the constitutional protections that ALL Americans are entitled too. Thank you, Tonya, for sharing your story.
That is the hardest thing of faith to follow. We all love get even movies!
We all want justice served immediately. We want people to suffer like we have - because we should not have suffered! It is with Gods grace and His love truly in our hearts when we can realize Gods Love is more important than us getting Our Way- and giving it to Him for His Ways!
God Bless Tonya!
I've listened to probably at least a hundred memoirs and this book was just a non-stop listen for me. The raw honesty and hearing the author's voice bring her ideal to a non-stop roller coaster story of persistence.
I could not stop listening. It is amazing & sickening at the same time to think about how easily someone's life can be turned upside down by false accusations. And to what lengths someone will go to get revenge, even victimizing their own children in the process. Her ability to forgive is a true testimony of the person that she is. Fabulous book--sadly, it's not fiction.
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