This is not supposed to happen in America! Someone needs to stop this now and remove anyone and anything who allows grown men to marry kids.
I have two daughters who are 13-years-old. I have a better idea what I would do with a rapist if that would ever happen to them, God forbid. To force an 11-year-old to marry her rapist is child abuse and child endangerment. The parents who forced this on her.
The worst part is, this 11-year-old was asked by her mother if she wanted to get married to the man. What type of parent puts that type of responsibility on their kid? The girl mothered nine children with her rapist until the marriage was dissolved later on.
A Florida woman is speaking out after she claims she was forced to marry a 20-year-old member of her church who raped and impregnated her when she was just 11 years old.
In a harrowing exposé in the opinion section of the New York Times, author Sherry Johnson reveals the horrific abuse she endured at the hands of her family’s conservative Pentecostal church in her youth.
Johnson says that she was raped four times by members of her congregation, including both a minister and a parishioner, as a child and, as a result, she became pregnant at age 10.
After child welfare authorities stepped in to investigate, Johnson says her family members and church officials decided that the easiest way to avoid legal trouble was to arrange a marriage.
“It was forced on me,” she told the New York Times. “My mom asked me if I wanted to get married, and I said, ‘I don’t know, what is marriage, how do I act like a wife?’ She said, ‘Well, I guess you’re just going to get married.'”
Johnson mothered nine children with the man she was forced to wed until the marriage was eventually dissolved.
The former child bride says she had to miss out on school and other necessary activities to change diapers as she spent her days arguing with her husband, who struggled to pay expenses and often abandoned her.
If you didn’t know, Florida is one of 27 US states which allows kids of any age to be married if their parents OK it. That is a travesty!
This has to stop now! I didn’t about this and it’s not even on my radar. How is this possible? Share your opinion below in the comment section.
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