The memories come to her in fragments. The bed creaking late at night after one of her brothers snuck into her room and pulled her to the edge of her mattress. Her underwear shoved to the side as his body hovered over hers, one of his feet still on the floor. Her ripped dresses, the clothespins that bent apart on her apron as another brother grabbed her at dusk by the hogpen after they finished feeding the pigs.
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By Leah Simpson For Dailymail. A new report has revealed 52 official cases of Amish child sexual assault in seven states over the past two decades - but says many more cases remain covered up. Victims in the secluded communities are reportedly discouraged from reporting abuse, and are frightened they'll be shunned from their communities, with some saying they were sent to a mental health facility after coming forward. Former Mennonite and Plain People's Podcast co-host Jasper Hoffman says she receives 'hundreds of messages' from people wanting to share their horrifying stories or get help reporting abuse.
Horrifying record of child sex abuse in Amish communities with more than 50 cases in seven states
Amish men in communities around the U. More than three dozen Amish people were interviewed for the story that was posted this week. Reporters also talked to members of law enforcement, judges, attorneys, outreach workers and scholars in seven states, including Pennsylvania, that have Amish populations. Girls as young as nine were being inappropriately touched and raped by family members, neighbors and church leaders.
However, this does not mean that all Amish abstain from using birth control, including natural methods of family planning as well as barrier methods. Amish feel strongly that homosexual relations are sinful. Homosexual individuals within the community may seek counseling or otherwise keep their preferences secret. Is sex education taught in Amish schools? No, Amish schools do not provide formal sex education.