A woman in Florida has opened up about how she was raped and forced to marry her rapist when she was only 11 year old.
Sherry Johnson said she was raped four times by members of the church her family used to take her to and became pregnant at the age of 10. Her horrible experience did not end here as she was pressured to marry the abuser.
“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?’” Johnson said in an interview with The New York Times. “She said, ‘Well, I guess you’re just going to get married.’”
Florida is among the 27 states which allow children to get married with their parents’ consent. The survivor of child sex abuse says she could not attend her school with regularity because of the marriage and would remain pre-occupied with raising their nine children.
“It was a terrible life,” Johnson said
The marriage eventually ended but its memories still haunt Johnson.
She wrote a book on her experience titled “Forgiving the Unforgivable” which paved the way for discussing on banning the child marriages in the United States.