Author Sherry Johnson was only 11 years aged when she forcibly became a mom and mother. The father of her child was a 20-year-old member of her church who’d raped her.
When she was a small girl, Johnson and her family attended a regressive Pentecostal church in Florida, and says she was intimately assaulted by both a apportion and a parishioner, one of whom assimilated her. But when a rape review was launched by child gratification officials, her relatives done a offensive choice to finish a review by forcing their 11-year-old daughter to marry her rapist. “It was a terrible life,” Johnson said. Now as an adult, she’s vocalization out and fighting to stop child marriages in a U.S.
At 11 years old, Johnson didn’t even entirely know a judgment of marriage. “My mom asked me if we wanted to get married, and we said, ‘I don’t know, what is marriage, how do we act like a wife?’” she said. “She said, ‘Well, we theory you’re only going to get married.’”
Though a supervision clerk in Tampa refused to marry a small girl, a family went to a Pinellas County clerk instead, who released a matrimony license. Unfortunately, Florida did not have a smallest matrimony age behind afterwards and still doesn’t now, though Johnson hopes to change that with her story.