The Leicester footballer’s wife, Jamie Vardy, has opened up about her wild childhood as a Jehovah’s Witness.
The wife of Leicester footballer Jamie Vardy, Rebeca In an interview he gave, he spoke in detail about the difficult childhood years he lived as a witness Jehovah.
HE 41 years today rebecca vardy who has had five children with her husband had previously revealed that of those 12 his years he was systematically sexually abused.
As he says, he did not live as a child. birthday he Christmas, he did not watch television and books they were censored. They also told him that if he did any mischief or God they would be furious with her. As a Jehovah’s Witness, she could not invite other children to play or sing at school with them. classmates his.
His life and that of his extended family were ruled by omnipotents. “seniors” that he had the right to control everything in their lives. The influence exerted by these men on the witnesses was so intimidating that when the Rebeca told her mother that she had been raped since she was 12, her parents silenced him, fearing that such a revelation would embarrass the family.
Speaking of what he experienced, he tells the Dailymail: “I call it conversion. People are manipulated, brainwashed, it is compulsive behavior that is passed down from generation to generation. When you are in the middle of everything, it is very difficult to understand how unethical everything is. I spent my childhood in fear, being told that we would die at Armageddon if we didn’t pray enough. I felt like I had to constantly strive for perfection so God wouldn’t get mad at me.”
In it documentary film of n Rebeca In the role of a journalist, talk to former witnesses and give even more details. “Jehovah’s Witnesses call someone who is not a Witness a “worldly person.” I’m the worst kind of secular person because I had the courage, along with all the people who had the courage to talk to me about my documentary, to speak out against this religion and say it’s dangerous.”
“You never know what goes on behind the closed doors of a witness house,” initially says to continue revealing the way they lived: “I can’t describe to you how traumatic it was… At school they took us out of class because we couldn’t sing the hymns or be present at any reference to religion, to Christian beliefs. If it was someone’s birthday and everyone was singing “Happy Birthday,” we had to leave. It was humiliating. Degrading. Family life was also a minefield.”
Elsewhere he continues: “When I got my period I was terrified and hid my underwear. I thought there was something wrong with me, that I was disgusting, that I had done something wrong.”
And if someone insulted the TV, the screen would immediately black out, and Rebecca believed that she “would have to pray more that night to appease God.” She says: “When I hear stuff like that coming out of my mouth today, I’m like, ‘what the hell.’ I don’t think you’ll ever recover from this.”
At the age of 11, he felt that his family was under the complete control of the elders. Her mother suddenly left the Jehovah’s Witness community in her hometown of Norwich, taking Rebecca to live in Reading and then Oxfordshire.
Three decades later, Rebecca still doesn’t know exactly why her mother left their homes, but she thinks there may be something to do with it. At one point her mother got to the point of excommunicating herself from the sect.
When they moved to Oxfordshire, Rebecca was abused for three years by a man who was an acquaintance in the family but was not a Jehovah’s Witness. She confided in her mother, who turned to an elderly Witness for advice.
She says in the documentary: “What happened to me during my childhood still affects me every day. Since I was 12 years old I was abused. And instead of supporting me, they blamed me, manipulated me into believing that going to the police was not the best thing to do. I told my mother about the abuse she was experiencing and she cried. But he didn’t believe me. He told many members of the Jehovah’s Witness community. They told me that he had misinterpreted a loving touch. I knew he hadn’t. He was fully aware of what was right and what was wrong. And they explained to me that I could possibly embarrass my family.”
Say what “basically manipulating her into believing that it wasn’t for the best thing to go further and take him to the police. The impact on me was savage.”
“I was only blaming myself. I felt like I wasn’t good enough, that I deserved it. It all goes back to that childish pattern of striving for perfection.”