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As a child, Sadie* was carefully shielded from outside influences, never allowed to watch TV or listen to pop music or get her learner’s permit. Instead, she attended a one-room Amish schoolhouse and rode a horse and buggy to church—a life designed to be humble and disciplined and godly.
In Amish communities across the US, Amish church leaders have covered-up child sexual abuse, discouraging and intimidating victims from going to the authorities in favor of dealing with abuse internally.
When abuse is exposed, Amish church leaders often “sentence” an abuser up to six weeks of shunning. After the church disciplines the abuser, he makes a confession and everyone, including the victims, are compelled to forgive and forget the “sin” ever happened.
We identified 52 cases of Amish child sexual assault in 7 states over the past two decades, but this is likely the tip of the iceberg.
By age 9, she says, she’d been raped by one of her older brothers. By 12, she’d been abused by her father, Abner*, a chiropractor who penetrated her with his fingers on the same table where he saw patients, telling her he was “flipping her uterus” to ensure her fertility. By 14, she says, three more brothers had raped her and she was being attacked in the hayloft or in her own bed multiple times a week. She would roll over afterward, ashamed and confused. The sisters who shared Sadie’s room (and even her bed) never woke up—or if they did, never said anything, although some later confided that they were being raped too.
Posted by Anomalous Sources 2020-09-27 00:11||
#2 Plain folk, eh?
Posted by g(r)omgoru 2020-09-27 03:41||
#3 the Amish community "had punished all four of the boys" and "made it clear that this punishment was very severe."
How is this different than allowing Sharia law for muslims?
Posted by Skidmark 2020-09-27 09:28||
#4 This kind of thing is a problem for small, insular communities of all sorts. With no escape, people put up with and paper over all sorts of dreadful behaviours.
Posted by trailing wife 2020-09-27 10:34||
#5 The inclination when you see nasty stories like this is to demand tougher penalties and less judicial discretion. Which is fine. But keep in mind the alternatives have their downsides as well. Minimum sentences give prosecutors a huge amount of leverage to force plea bargains in weak cases. See Slivergate's book, Three Felonies a Day.
Posted by Iblis 2020-09-27 12:14||
#6 A lot of 'she says' in the story. I have doubts outsiders have any chance of sorting out the truth.
Posted by Glenmore 2020-09-27 16:13||