Purity Culture

I grew up a Jehovah’s Witness. Growing up as a girl in Purity Culture, I was always told that I had to “Protect My Brothers From Stumbling”. So, when I was 17, and was sexually assaulted by my boyfriend, I blamed myself. I believed that it was my fault, because I agreed to be his girlfriend, thus that meant I couldn’t say “no”.

-Charlotte W.