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Maya Angelou once said, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Silent Waves tells one true story led by 25 year old Raquel O’Brien, as she attempts to liberate herself from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and a father with a dark secret. To do so, she has raw, honest and open conversations with her family about the cataclysmic circumstances of their story for the first time... and all on tape. What emerges is a larger story as her previously fractured family, emboldened by being interviewed, find the freedom to confront their conflicting versions of the events and reconcile with it and each other. SILENT WAVES is produced by Raquel O'Brien and Georgina Savage in partnership with Nearly Media.
||ExplicitSilent Waves ~ Trailer ~||Silent Waves tells one true story led by 25 year old Raquel O’Brien, as she attempts to liberate herself from the trauma of childhood sexual abuse and a father with a dark secret. To do so, she has raw, honest and open conversations with her family about the cataclysmic circumstances of their story for the first time... and all on tape.||5/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitACT I ~ Australia's Own Ronnie Biggs ~||Raquel O’Brien is tormented by secrets. She begins her journey of exposing her family’s shared past by first uncovering the forces that brought her parents, Elizabeth and Ralph, together. When Elizabeth discovers her family are fugitives, Ralph’s character is put into question.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitACT II ~ The Spider Web ~||The O’Brien’s receive a visitor. Elizabeth’s nephew has come from Brazil to live in the family home. Raquel is in her first year of high school. Her cousin is 25. A special bond forms between them. Raquel’s younger brother Matt bears witness.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitACT III ~ Three Paths ~||Ralph’s erratic behaviour is of concern to his family. He seems to be on a downward spiral and they can’t keep up with his lies. Then, one day when he fails to return home from a meeting, Elizabeth reports him missing.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitACT IV ~ Presumption Of Innocence ~||Unable to keep her secret any longer, Raquel breaks her silence. She is ready to fight her cousin for what he did to her. A battle ensues.||7/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitACT V ~ The Underbelly ~||Gabriel, the eldest child, wakes from a dream and calls each member of his family. He knew Ralph’s biggest secret. Four years go by and Raquel and Gabriel speak about it again for the first time. In a quest to find out more, Raquel begins excavating her father’s past.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitACT VI ~ Repeat Offender ~||Raquel is reacquainted with Glenn, her father’s foster son from a previous marriage. He sheds light on the cycles at play in Ralph’s life. Raquel is plagued by the extremes of her father’s duality and battles to reconcile with who she thought he was, and who he turned out to be.||8/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitACT VII ~ Chains In Cycles ~||Rage lingers as a constant reminder of the trauma of Raquel’s childhood. She recognises that she is perpetuating a cycle of abuse, but before she can break it, she must face her dark side.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Thank you for sharing your family story in such an honest and open way. Without going into detail, this podcast came to me at such the right time. It made me stop and think of the fallout and the number of those affected by not just abuse but suicide. Again, thank you for sharing - blessings to you and your family.
I found my mouth opening up and saying “wow” at so many things. Unexpected turns and powerful story telling. I absolutely loved this true, emotional story.
This show is phenomenal
Incredible personal storytelling, bookened with helpful expert research. I can't say enough good things about this show. If you like This American Life or any other 'classic' storytelling show, please give this one a try!