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Amish 11-year-old girls were given pamphlets normalizing incest

A terrifying new documentary exposing rampant sexual abuse in the Amish community details how girls are brainwashed into thinking being raped or abused by a family member is normal and the result of their ‘carelessness’ .

The two-part television series Peacock’sins of the amish‘ follows four women from different Amish and Mennonite backgrounds, Meg, Mary, Misty and Audrey, as they share their personal stories of sexual abuse and their attempts to seek justice.

Mary spoke about being sexually abused by her father and her brothers Johnny, Eli and David growing up in an Amish community in Wisconsin, saying: ‘My first perpetrator was my biological father. He was five.’

She discovered a sex education pamphlet she was given as a child while going through her things and read it aloud, according to the daily beast. Entitled ‘To the girl of eleven’, the guide taught girls that incest was a natural occurrence and her fault.

Mary spoke out about being sexually abused by her father and her brothers Johnny, Eli and David in the Peacock TV documentary 'Sins of the Amish'

Mary spoke out about being sexually abused by her father and her brothers Johnny, Eli and David in the Peacock TV documentary ‘Sins of the Amish’

“This sexual drive, once awakened and activated in a child at the age of puberty and beyond, can become a powerful internal driving force. Every decent girl will do her best to help him and not make it harder for him. Even in your own home, if you have siblings in your teens, you need to keep this in mind,” she read.

‘Your brother innocently coming over you and seeing your partially uncovered body may suddenly have strong sexual desires aroused within him. His intentions weren’t bad, but he suddenly finds himself the victim of your carelessness in lusting for his own body.

The brochure also advised young women to avoid wearing revealing clothing around male family members and to keep their bedroom doors locked at night to prevent sexual abuse.

Mary, whose father died when she was a child, said nothing would deter her brother from raping her, not even a closed door.

The two-part series follows four Amish women from different backgrounds as they share their personal stories of sexual abuse and seek justice (file image)

The two-part series follows four Amish women from different backgrounds as they share their personal stories of sexual abuse and seek justice (file image)

“I would remove the hinges,” she said through tears. “I remember she grabbed me and then I remember she instantly split into two people. As if I wasn’t there. When I came back the door was closing and he was gone.

The women and girls of the insular religious community are taught to forgive their abusers. Speaking out against rape is considered worse than the act itself.

“It’s a predator’s paradise,” Mary said.

She found the strength to leave the community after discovering her little sister was being sexually abused by her brother. She said her mother encouraged her sister to shut up, telling her, ‘You have to forgive.’

“I realized that if I don’t do anything, my sister will grow up and have the exact same hell as her childhood, just like me,” she explained.

Mary discovered a sex education pamphlet titled

Mary discovered a sex education pamphlet titled “For the Eleven Year Old Girl” that she was given as a child and read it aloud. The guide taught the girls that incest was a natural occurrence and their fault

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“Amish communities see going to the police as a greater sin than rape itself,” explained Misty, another survivor, who reported being raped by a bishop at church.

When Mary took her brothers to court, busloads of members of the Amish community attended the hearing to defend their rapists. Her mother even dismissed the abuse in a letter to the judge.

“I have a feeling he’s doing this out of spite more than anything,” he wrote. “Ever since I got to know Mary personally, she had a habit of making things sound worse than they really are.”

Mary’s older brother, Johnny, who has confessed to raping her more than 200 times, was sentenced to just one year in jail with permission to work and 10 years of probation.

“Amish communities consider going to the police to be a greater sin than rape itself,” explained Misty, another survivor, who reported being raped by a bishop at church.

Meanwhile, Meg and her sister Rebekah shared similar stories of sexual abuse growing up in Amish communities in Michigan and North Carolina.

Her brother began sexually abusing Rebekah when she was six years old and soon after confessed to Meg that he had raped her. When Meg told her parents, they blamed Rebekah for her abuse.

Audrey, a mother of five who recently left the Amish community, took her ex-husband, Mike, to court after learning he had sexually abused three of her daughters.

Audrey, a mother of five who recently left the Amish community, took her ex-husband, Mike, to court after learning he had sexually abused three of her daughters.

Audrey's eldest daughters, Marlena and Dorthea, reported the abuse after she filed for divorce from her husband.

Audrey’s eldest daughters, Marlena and Dorthea, reported the abuse after she filed for divorce from her husband.

Audrey, a mother of five who recently left the Amish community, took her ex-husband, Mike, to court after learning he had sexually abused three of their daughters.

After filing for divorce, his eldest daughter, Marlena, confessed that Mike had sexually abused her from the age of 10 until she was 16, according to the movie addict.

Dorthea presented a similar story of abuse, and Audrey’s youngest daughter, Angie, later revealed that Mike had repeatedly raped her, since she was five years old.

‘Sins of the Amish’ chronicles the family’s struggle to find justice after Mike requested a plea deal that Audrey’s attorneys advised him to sign rather than take the case to trial.

Audrey’s ex-husband was sentenced to 5 to 10 years in prison and an additional 10 years of probation, according to his plea agreement, in November 2021.

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