Author | Advocate
Sherry Johnson is the author of Forgiving the Unforgivable: Purple in a Darker Color, a first-hand experience of the repercussions of child sexual abuse. When she became pregnant at age ten by a nineteen-year-old church deacon, she was forced to marry her rapist at age eleven.
By 2012, Sherry told her story and motivated Florida lawmakers to close the legal loophole that allowed her marriage. Marriages like hers which were recognized by the law were banned by 2018, when lawmakers approved SB 140 to ban marriage in Florida to any child under the age of seventeen.