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Tampa woman forced to marry her rapist at 11 years old, fights to end child marriage in America

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — In Florida’s halls of power, Sherry Johnson is somewhat of an anomaly: a black woman who grew up destitute and survived child abuse.

Her story is shocking. Raped at 8 and pregnant at 10, she was forced to marry her rapist at 11. She had to abandon high school after the babies kept coming.

For years, she kept silent. But now, her voice rings clear in chambers where the state’s laws are made. Her unrelenting public pleas to end child marriage are being heard.

In Florida marriage laws, a loophole that allows children under the age of 16 to get married if they’re pregnant and have the consent of their parents.

After a lifetime of struggle, Johnson’s time has come. Finally.

At 58, she sports a head full of thick, tight curls and a pantsuit that would make Hillary Clinton proud. She navigates the corridors of the Capitol with a black binder

Read more at: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/tampa-girl-forced-to-marry-her-rapist-at-11-years-old-fights-to-end-child-marriage-in-america

Tampa woman forced to marry her rapist at 11 years old, fights to …

TALLAHASSEE, Florida — In Florida’s halls of power, Sherry Johnson is somewhat of an anomaly: a black woman who grew up destitute and survived child abuse.

Her story is shocking. Raped at 8 and pregnant at 10, she was forced to marry her rapist at 11. She had to abandon high school after the babies kept coming.

For years, she kept silent. But now, her voice rings clear in chambers where the state’s laws are made. Her unrelenting public pleas to end child marriage are being heard.

In Florida marriage laws, a loophole that allows children under the age of 16 to get married if they’re pregnant and have the consent of their parents.

After a lifetime of struggle, Johnson’s time has come. Finally.

At 58, she sports a head full of thick, tight curls and a pantsuit that would make Hillary Clinton proud. She navigates the corridors of the Capitol with a black binder

Read more at: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/state/tampa-girl-forced-to-marry-her-rapist-at-11-years-old-fights-to-end-child-marriage-in-america

Raped at 8, pregnant at 10, forced to marry her rapist at 11

Story by Moni Basu
Photograph by Cassi Alexandra

Continued from last week

You’re going to have a baby, her mother blurted out in the car. Who’s been messing with you?

I tried to tell you, Johnson replied. But you said I was lying.

A doctor examined her and gave her the news: She was seven months pregnant. She did the math and knew it was the deacon’s baby.

*Johnson (left) with Moni Basu

Her mother stood up in church and told everyone her daughter was lying about being raped. She blamed Johnson for bringing shame on the family and sent her away to Miami with the bishop who had raped her. She was dropped off at Jackson Memorial Hospital and left there alone to have her baby.

On a February night in 1970, Johnson, only

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/02/raped-8-pregnant-10-forced-marry-rapist-11-2/

Raped at 8, pregnant at 10- then forced to marry her rapist at 11

Story by Moni Basu
Photograph by Cassi Alexandra

Sherry Johnson is somewhat of an anomaly: a black woman who grew up destitute and survived child abuse. Her story is shocking. Raped at 8 and pregnant at 10, she was forced to marry her rapist at 11. She had to abandon high school after the babies kept coming. For years, she kept silent. But now, her voice rings clear in chambers where the state’s laws are made. Her unrelenting public pleas to end child marriage are being heard. After a lifetime of struggle, Johnson’s time has come. Finally. At 58, she sports a head full of thick, tight curls and a pantsuit that would make Hillary Clinton proud. She navigates the corridors of the Capitol with a black binder tucked under her left arm, a purse slung over her shoulder and a fierce look of determination. I struggle to keep pace with

Read more at: https://www.vanguardngr.com/2018/02/raped-8-pregnant-10-forced-marry-rapist-11/

Woman forced to marry her rapist as a child fights Florida law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In Sherry Johnson’s wedding photo, she was 11 years old. “How do I understand to know what marriage is about,” she said. “I did what my mother said that I had to do.”

She also did what a judge said was legal. 

Johnson said a judge signed off on the marriage between her and the 20-year-old church deacon who raped her and made her a mother by age 10. She divorced when she was 17 — then a mother of five.

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Sherry Johnson in her wedding photo

“I feel the whole system failed me,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t just one person. It wasn’t just one source.”

Johnson is now 58 years old and has spent the last five years trying to get Florida lawmakers to close what she calls loopholes in the law, which puts minors in marriages. 

Currently, no state bans

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Woman forced to marry her rapist as a child fights Florida law – CBS …

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In Sherry Johnson’s wedding photo, she was 11 years old. “How do I understand to know what marriage is about,” she said. “I did what my mother said that I had to do.”

She also did what a judge said was legal. 

Johnson said a judge signed off on the marriage between her and the 20-year-old church deacon who raped her and made her a mother by age 10. She divorced when she was 17 — then a mother of five.

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Sherry Johnson in her wedding photo

“I feel the whole system failed me,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t just one person. It wasn’t just one source.”

Johnson is now 58 years old and has spent the last five years trying to get Florida lawmakers to close what she calls loopholes in the law, which puts minors in marriages. 

Currently, no state bans

Read more at: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/woman-forced-to-marry-her-rapist-as-a-child-fights-florida-law/

Woman Who Was Forced to Marry Her Rapist at 11 Inspires Child Marriage Ban in Florida

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A woman who was forced to marry her rapist when she was 11 helped inspire the Florida Senate to unanimously pass a bill Wednesday that would end child marriage in the state.

Sherry Johnson sat in the public gallery as several senators talked about her story and thanked her for pushing for the bill that would prohibit anyone under 18 from getting married under any circumstance. Johnson, 58, was first raped by a church deacon when she was 9, she gave birth at 10 and was forced to marry at 11. Johnson said her church pressured her mother to consent to the marriage and a judge eventually approved it.

She smiled and was hugged by relatives when the bill passed.

“My soul is happy that we’ll be able to save many, many, many children from being abused,” Johnson said afterward. “It takes one person to actually come out and speak

Read more at: http://time.com/5127504/child-marriage-ban-florida/

Woman Forced to Marry Rapist Spurs Fla. Child Marriage Ban | Time

(TALLAHASSEE, Fla.) — A woman who was forced to marry her rapist when she was 11 helped inspire the Florida Senate to unanimously pass a bill Wednesday that would end child marriage in the state.

Sherry Johnson sat in the public gallery as several senators talked about her story and thanked her for pushing for the bill that would prohibit anyone under 18 from getting married under any circumstance. Johnson, 58, was first raped by a church deacon when she was 9, she gave birth at 10 and was forced to marry at 11. Johnson said her church pressured her mother to consent to the marriage and a judge eventually approved it.

She smiled and was hugged by relatives when the bill passed.

“My soul is happy that we’ll be able to save many, many, many children from being abused,” Johnson said afterward. “It takes one person to actually come out and speak

Read more at: http://time.com/5127504/child-marriage-ban-florida/

Florida Woman Forced to Marry Her Rapist at Age 11 Fights to Change the Law

Sherry Johnson distinctly recalls the long desk she sat at while her mother told a judge she was to be married.

Johnson’s legs likely dangled from her seat as she waited to hear if the Florida court would sign off on a marriage license.

They did.

She was just 11. Her husband-to-be was 20.

“When I found out I was going to be married, I didn’t know what to think,” Johnson, now 58, told InsideEdition.com. “I didn’t know anything about a wife, how to be a wife, how to become a wife, what to do as a wife. My mom told me, she said: ‘You’re going to get married.’ That’s mom. You do what mom says you do, so that’s what I did.”

Johnson was 9 when she was raped by a man known to her family – the man who would later become her husband – for the first time.

She tried to tell her family what

Read more at: http://www.insideedition.com/florida-woman-forced-marry-her-rapist-age-11-fights-change-law-39835

Woman forced to marry her rapist at 11 pushes for marriage law change

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Sherry Johnson was 11 years old when she was forced to marry her 20-year-old rapist through a loophole in a Florida law that doesn’t set a minimum age for marriage if a girl is pregnant.

That was nearly five decades ago, but the problem still exists today and Johnson, now 58, is hoping to change state law to prevent anyone under the age of 18 from getting married.

The first step toward that goal happened Tuesday, when a Senate committee unanimously approved a bill that would end child marriage in Florida.

“A child cannot do anything for themselves,” Johnson said in an interview with Associated Press before the vote. “Why marry a child that cannot open a bank account, can’t drive a car, can’t vote. Why allow them to do that? Why are your forcing someone to do that against their will?”

Florida doesn’t allow anyone under the age of 18

Read more at: http://nypost.com/2017/10/25/woman-forced-to-marry-her-rapist-at-11-pushes-marriage-law-change/