7 episodes

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.

Silent Waves Casefile Presents

    • Personal Journals
    • 4.7 • 446 Ratings

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.

    ACT VII ~ CHAINS IN CYCLES

    ACT 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 it.
     
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    Email: silentwaves@casefilepresents.com
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    CREDITS
    Raquel O’Brien – Co Creator, Host, Producer
    Georgina Savage – Co Creator, Editor, Executive Producer
    Twitter: @georginasavage_ (https://twitter.com/georginasavage_)
    ADDITIONAL CREDITS
    Nearly Media Network – Producer
    IMXO from Alt Music Group – Music Production
    Lloyd Richards and Charlie Vonarx – Sound Design Assistance
    Mike Migas from Casefile Presents – Additional Audio Production
    Stacy Gogoulis – Graphic Design
    OTHER
    Website design by Paulina Szymanska
     
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    • 30 min
    ACT VI ~ REPEAT OFFENDER

    ACT 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 tormented 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.
     
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    SOCIAL MEDIA
    Twitter: @silentwavespod (https://twitter.com/silentwavespod?lang=en)  
    Email: silentwaves@casefilepresents.com
    Silent Waves Website: https://silentwavespodcast.com (https://silentwavespodcast.com/)
    Casefile Presents Website: https://casefilepresents.com (https://casefilepresents.com/)
     
    CREDITS
    Raquel O’Brien – Co Creator, Host, Producer
    Georgina Savage – Co Creator, Editor, Executive Producer
    Twitter: @georginasavage_ (https://twitter.com/georginasavage_)
    ADDITIONAL CREDITS
    Nearly Media Network – Producer
    IMXO from Alt Music Group – Music Production
    Lloyd Richards and Charlie Vonarx – Sound Design Assistance
    Mike Migas from Casefile Presents – Additional Audio Production
    Stacy Gogoulis – Graphic Design
    OTHER
    Website design by Paulina Szymanska
     
    SPONSORS
    Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) – Get $100 off your first month with promo code 'SILENT'

    • 26 min
    ACT V ~ THE UNDERBELLY

    ACT 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.
     
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    Twitter: @silentwavespod (https://twitter.com/silentwavespod?lang=en)  
    Email: silentwaves@casefilepresents.com
    Silent Waves Website: https://silentwavespodcast.com (https://silentwavespodcast.com/)
    Casefile Presents Website: https://casefilepresents.com (https://casefilepresents.com/)
     
    CREDITS
    Raquel O’Brien – Co Creator, Host, Producer
    Georgina Savage – Co Creator, Editor, Executive Producer
    Twitter: @georginasavage_ (https://twitter.com/georginasavage_)
    ADDITIONAL CREDITS
    Nearly Media Network – Producer
    IMXO from Alt Music Group – Music Production
    Lloyd Richards and Charlie Vonarx – Sound Design Assistance
    Mike Migas from Casefile Presents – Additional Audio Production
    Stacy Gogoulis – Graphic Design
    OTHER
    Website design by Paulina Szymanska
     
    SPONSORS
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    • 27 min
    ACT IV ~ PRESUMPTION OF INNOCENCE

    ACT 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.
     
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    SOCIAL MEDIA
    Twitter: @silentwavespod (https://twitter.com/silentwavespod?lang=en)  
    Email: silentwaves@casefilepresents.com
    Silent Waves Website: https://silentwavespodcast.com (https://silentwavespodcast.com/)
    Casefile Presents Website: https://casefilepresents.com (https://casefilepresents.com/)
     
    CREDITS
    Raquel O’Brien – Co Creator, Host, Producer
    Georgina Savage – Co Creator, Editor, Executive Producer
    Twitter: @georginasavage_ (https://twitter.com/georginasavage_)
    ADDITIONAL CREDITS
    Nearly Media Network – Producer
    IMXO from Alt Music Group – Music Production
    Lloyd Richards and Charlie Vonarx – Sound Design Assistance
    Mike Migas from Casefile Presents – Additional Audio Production
    Stacy Gogoulis – Graphic Design
    OTHER
    Website design by Paulina Szymanska
     
    SPONSORS
    Talkspace (https://www.talkspace.com/) – Get $65 off your first month with promo code 'SILENT'

    • 31 min
    ACT III ~ THREE PATHS

    ACT 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.
     
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    SOCIAL MEDIA
    Twitter: @silentwavespod (https://twitter.com/silentwavespod?lang=en)  
    Email: silentwaves@casefilepresents.com
    Silent Waves Website: https://silentwavespodcast.com (https://silentwavespodcast.com/)
    Casefile Presents Website: https://casefilepresents.com (https://casefilepresents.com/)
     
    CREDITS
    Raquel O’Brien – Co Creator, Host, Producer
    Georgina Savage – Co Creator, Editor, Executive Producer
    Twitter: @georginasavage_ (https://twitter.com/georginasavage_)
    ADDITIONAL CREDITS
    Nearly Media Network – Producer
    IMXO from Alt Music Group – Music Production
    Lloyd Richards and Charlie Vonarx – Sound Design Assistance
    Mike Migas from Casefile Presents – Additional Audio Production
    Stacy Gogoulis – Graphic Design
    OTHER
    Website design by Paulina Szymanska

    • 25 min
    ACT II ~ THE SPIDER WEB

    ACT 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. 
     
    SUBSCRIBE
    Subscribe on iTunes (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/silent-waves/id1398753375?ign-mpt=uo%3D4)  
     
    SOCIAL MEDIA
    Twitter: @silentwavespod (https://twitter.com/silentwavespod?lang=en)  
    Email: silentwaves@casefilepresents.com
    Silent Waves Website: https://silentwavespodcast.com (https://silentwavespodcast.com/)
    Casefile Presents Website: https://casefilepresents.com (https://casefilepresents.com/)
     
    CREDITS
    Raquel O’Brien – Co Creator, Host, Producer
    Georgina Savage – Co Creator, Editor, Executive Producer
    Twitter: @georginasavage_ (https://twitter.com/georginasavage_)
    ADDITIONAL CREDITS
    Nearly Media Network – Producer
    IMXO from Alt Music Group – Music Production
    Lloyd Richards and Charlie Vonarx – Sound Design Assistance
    Mike Migas from Casefile Presents – Additional Audio Production
    Stacy Gogoulis – Graphic Design
    OTHER
    Website design by Paulina Szymanska
     
    SPONSORS
    Native Deodorant (http://nativedeodorant.com) – Get 20% off your first purchase with promo code 'SILENT'

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
446 Ratings

446 Ratings

Meow Along ,

Impressive courage

I admire Raquel’s ability to honestly confront so much trauma head-on. She explains details so hard to navigate back through and does so in a way that is so eloquent, I had to remind myself she was only 25. The best and hardest part for me was her addressing how she had become implicit in the cycle of abuse. Incredibly hard for most people to admit.

In response to the reviews critiquing her voice or delivery.. snap out of it. This is not a fictional story curated to your taste. This is a personal account of something she has endured and been processing over the last 10+ years. It’s not meant to be entertaining.

Joshua1:5 ,

Raw and sobering

Thank you for using your voice to bring the issue of sexual abuse to the surface. It gives so much strength to others!

poofmonger ,

Amazingly well done

A truly raw, real, and beautiful exploration of a difficult past for this young woman and her entire family. So important to hear, and so important to have been said out loud. Bravo to you all, and especially to Raquel for taking ownership of her place in the cycle as both a victim and an abuser.

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