The Silent Stoning has an intensity that made me feel like I was bearing witness, and in every room with Jeeti. My heart breaks and soars with her, rolls down every hill with her, and climbs back up again, and again, and again — like a big boulder righting a wrong and still gathering speed with life.

Bif Naked, platinum record artist
and best-selling author of I, Bificus

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The Silent Stoning will be published on November 16, 2023.

More Information

Publish Date: Later in 2023
Available: Amazon (US, Canada, UK, + more to be added)
Publisher: To Desire Press
Reading age: 18+
ISBN 978-1-7779757-0-8 Paperback
ISBN 978-1-7779757-1-5 Hardcover
ISBN 978-1-7779757-2-2 Ebook
Cover design: Grateful to Bob
Cover author photos: Chelsea Brooke Roisum of CBR Photography
Interior author photo: Grant McAvoy of Image Werx Photography
Interior design: Sandy Kreps of Wildcat Design Studio

 

The Silent Stoning

Rediscovering Innocence After Childhood Sexual Abuse

As a young girl, Jeeti couldn’t fully comprehend what was happening to her, but she knew it was wrong. She also knew that if anyone found out, she would be blamed, shamed and disgraced – shipped away to India and married off to a stranger.

For the next 26 years, Jeeti remained trapped in a prison of guilt and shame, hiding her trauma from the world. In 2006, Jeeti finally broke her silence. And along with her sisters, she went on to endure one of the longest-running sexual assault court cases in Canadian history.

Written in the form of letters, The Silent Stoning is a powerful memoir of Jeeti’s childhood, her experience of living under the control of her abuser and the female shaming that is the norm in her culture. But more importantly, it’s a raw, heartfelt and genuine account of a sexual abuse survivor’s journey to rediscover her innocence, lay claim to her inner power, and rise beyond her trauma to find hope, healing and love.

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Hi, I’m Jeeti

I was sexually abused and violated by my older male cousin since I was 11 years old. In 2006, I finally broke my silence. Along with my sisters, we went on to endure one of the longest-running sexual assault court cases in Canadian history. Through this arduous journey, I discovered my inner strength and worthiness and made it my life’s mission to stand up for change and become a voice for those who suffer in silence.

As a public speaker, author, filmmaker and social change advocate, I’ve travelled the world, sharing my story with thousands of people, transforming their lives and guiding them on their path to hope and healing. I work with organizations to help them create diverse and inclusive communities, cultivate equality and foster cultures of care, compassion and belonging.

Jeeti Pooni’s story is an incredible, harrowing true account of courage, resilience, and overcoming. The most triumphant thing Jeeti could ever do is survive her adolescence, and then thoughtfully write this book to share with the world. The Silent Stoning is beautifully written, and walks you through an intimate personal account of a childhood enshrouded in betrayal and longing, a tender tale that’s a combination of joy and pain, love and shame, and the undoing of a family. The pain is palpable and the victory is in every wave of emotion, as her story unfolds. Jeeti is my hero, a living example of a warrior woman — braver than anyone you’ll ever meet.

The Silent Stoning has an intensity that made me feel like I was bearing witness, and in every room with Jeeti. My heart breaks and soars with her, rolls down every hill with her, and climbs back up again, and again, and again- like a big boulder righting a wrong and still gathering speed with life.

Bif Naked, platinum record artist and
best-selling author of I, Bificus

The Silent Stoning is heart-wrenchingly poignant. The innocent and brave sharing of Young Jeeti’s journey to comprehend the incomprehensible is as inspiring and beautiful as it is heartbreaking. She eloquently and courageously captures the complex intricacies experienced by sexual abuse victims, and the ripple effect this can have on every aspect of one’s self. An illuminating and important read for all striving to truly understand the depth of impacts child sexual abuse has — from clinicians and educators, to parents, partners and friends.

Dr. Joti Samra, CEO & founder,
MyWorkplaceHealth

A powerful read highlighting the resilience of a victim of child sexual exploitation. Raised in an oppressive and misogynist culture that silenced and shamed victims, Jeeti empowers herself to face her abuse and, in doing so, sets a path of empowerment for survivors of sexual abuse in her community. A story of intense pain and suffering that transforms into a journey of healing.

Parm Johal, Criminal Law lawyer
& advocate for victims of child abuse

Powerful. Raw. Alarming.
Jeeti takes you on a rollercoaster journey through her heart and mind, a journey so moving that it will shake you out of your comfort zone to fight for your rights and the global injustices of all of our girls.

Mamta Saha, founder of Mamta Saha Ltd.,
psychologist and international coach

The Silent Stoning is raw, unfiltered and powerful. Each letter to ‘Little Jeeti’ or those around her divulge the true story of a young girl who faced years of physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Jeeti Pooni is fearless in her recount of her experiences and fearless in calling out those aspects of a South Asian upbringing that make young girls susceptible to predators. This book will make you angry. This book will make you want to help create change. This book will encourage other women to share their stories. Nothing but praise for Jeeti Pooni and her bravery in putting this book out into the world.

Tina Singh, founder of Bold Helmets, occupational therapist & digital content creator

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