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Sherry Yvonne Johnson is an American activist who advocates for restrictions on child marriage in the United States. Johnson successfully campaigned for tighter restrictions on child marriage in her home state of Florida. Prior to , pregnant children of any age in Florida could get married with a judge's permission. With the passage of the legislation, children under 17 are prohibited from getting married.
Johnson grew up in Tampa , Florida. She was an only child, and her household consisted of her, her mother, and her mother's husband. The pregnancy was not recognized until she was 7 months along in gestation. Johnson's mother did not support or believe her statements that she was raped, and did not accompany her to the hospital when it was time to deliver the baby.
Johnson's mother arranged for her to marry the deacon who had raped her, Alfonsa Tolbert, so that he could avoid criminal charges. At the time, and year-old minors could get married with parental permission in Florida, and children of any age could be married with the permission of a county judge if a pregnancy was involved.
Johnson had six children by the time she was years-old, and had to drop out of school after ninth grade to raise them. At age 19, Johnson remarried a man 18 years her senior. Together, they had three children. Johnson published a book detailing her experience as bride, Forgiving the Unforgivable. Johnson stated, "You can't get a job, you can't get a car, you can't get a , you can't a lease, so why allow someone to marry when they're still so young? They protected him by putting the handcuffs on me, instead of putting the handcuffs on him, and he was the rapist. In , Johnson began to lobby the Florida state legislature to make child marriage illegal.
After the Florida Senate voted unanimously to ban child marriage, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto called Johnson "the reason for the bill. Such couples would also have to take a premarital preparation course, as well as an affidavit that the marriage is not coerced. If a pregnancy is involved, the couple must receive additional counseling. Moraitis stated, "I'm particularly focused on the pregnancy aspect of it. I don't want the message to be that it's better to not get married. Despite the lack of an outright ban on child marriage in Florida, Johnson stated that she was pleased with the bill, saying, "I can deal with the line of [age] 17 with all of the requirements.
She stated, "My mission is for the world, for the children all over the world," she said. It's for the children everywhere. American activist. For the rodeo rider, see Sherry Combs Johnson. Tampa, Florida , U. Forced to wed at This woman wants to ban child marriage in Florida". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 9 May Now she's fighting to end child marriage in America".
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Activist against child marriage in the United States.Married man from Tampa Florida
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