While other children played on the swingset, Sherry Johnson was forced to get married at the age of eleven. However, despite that being bad enough, when you consider that she was forced to marry her rapist, well, things get a bit more complicated.
“It was forced on me,” she explained in an interview. Unfortunately, she had become pregnant, so as child protective services began to investigate, her parents and the local church decided to do something about it: force her into marriage with her rapist.
“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?’” In turn, her mother replied,“Well I guess you’re just going to get married.”
And despite most people perceiving child marriage as something that only happens in third world countries, this didn’t happen in Haiti, instead, it happened in Florida. Sadly, in 1971, at the age of 11, Sherry became a child bride.