She was 9, when her elder brother ripped her dress and raped her. By the age of 12, her father, a chiropractor sexually abused her, penetrating her with fingers, telling her it was to ensure her fertility. And by 14, she was raped by 3 more brothers, many times a week.
Her small world was built around adherence to certain rules, keeping quiet was one of which. One day when she was bleeding through her legs, she realized she had a miscarriage while being raped.
And, she wasn’t the only one. Similar stories were heard from a number of women born in Amish families.
Stories of inappropriate touching, groping, fondling, exposure to genitals, digital penetration, coerced oral sex, anal sex, and rape, all at the hands of their own family members, neighbors, and church leaders, were heard from so many of them.
The Amish communities around the U.S helped continue a culture of sexually assaulting their own daughters, sisters and employees, as reported by Comopolitan magazine and Type Investigations.
Since the childhood, girls are taught to say ‘yes’, no matter what. The answer ‘no’ doesn’t exist in their world. And if they try to deny, they are beaten and punished in more brutal ways.
These people refuse to educate their children about even the basics of sex, so they’re also not taught to recognize the signs of sexual advances and predatory characteristics.
They won’t even warn their children of known child molesters and rapists within the community.
The Amish attitude toward sexual assault is so bad that when a female is raped, she is punished for “being too tempting” to the male and is required to ask the male attacker’s forgiveness for having tempted him.