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.
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.
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.
Most of us have known "friends" who can be vindictive. Say half-truths about us behind our backs, or downright lies. But to use this vice through the manipulation of your own children against an innocent person who used to claim you as a friend is demonic. Then add our servants of the judicial system who seem to forget their role in finding truth and justice progress a case of falsehoods through the system destroying innocence of children and adults alike is an unbelievable travesty in our time. Where are the consciences of these people?
This book will change the way you think of our judicial system. Beware of the narcissistic prosecutors, judges and law enforcement. We need to read as many true accounts of cases like this one and warn our family members not to take this system at its word.
The ending is as surprising as the story itself. I couldn't stop listening until finished. 2 days is all it took for me.
Going into the story with an open mind, I wanted to hear from the defendant's side. I couldn't stop listening and found myself with my audible account on even in the shower. It saddens me as I have taken the same oath to uphold the law as some of the others mentioned. And, I admit that I side with my co-workers when an arrest is made, why would they make an arrest of they didn't do adequate investigation into the allegations?? This opens my eyes and makes me want to delve a little more into cases.
All I can say is this was one unbelievable account of how the justice system can really get something so wrong. I am a retired teacher, and I can recall a time when a child came to me and said, "my mommy slapped me in the face". As required by law, anyone who works with children must report instance of abuse to the higher up, in this case it was the principal. Fortunately, she got to the truth before the issue was blown out of proportion. I can see in the case of Tonya Craft, how things quickly became the snowball from hell.
The story was very well told and the narrator did an excellent job. There was plenty of information, sometimes just a little drawn out, but was needed in order for the reader/listener to fully understand the circumstances of what happens when parents feed the wrong information to a child.
I fully enjoyed Accused, by Tonya Craft.
In the future I plan on listening to it again. The reason is I will need to refresh my mind on the Justice system changes that Tonya wants get changed,
The most compelling aspect to me is how people can ruin your life because of something little and do not even see what they are doing - or if they do realize, they just are just so un- caring about it. It is like they have no conscience. The sad part about this I feel I know a couple of people who come close to being this vindictive. I was so impressed with Tonya's faith in God and how it helped her deal with her circumstances.
This was my first and I thought that the narrator was great. Her voice was exactly what I imagined Tonya's would have have sounded like.
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