Now, she helps run Courage Conference, a gathering of people who have left abusive religious communities, and listens to the struggles of the women who attend.
"Their lives are very difficult now that they've gotten free.
That's when all states changed their laws so the minimum marital ages were the same for men and women.
Previously, women were allowed to marry younger than men; in some states, men as old as 21 needed parental permission to marry.
Brad Wilcox, a sociologist at the University of Virginia who studies marriage and families in the United States, said that while people tended to date and marry younger in the 1970s and 1980s, when Moore allegedly was dating teenagers, an age gap such as that between Moore and the girls would still have been highly unusual. "You don't have 30-year-old guys dating a 14-year-old. But for the vast majority of evangelicals, that's not accepted behavior," he said. You don't know if somebody's embellishing," Brinson said.
How does a person relate to a person of the opposite sex that we are not married to? As Christians, we have made do with the world's model for relationships when we could look to God's Word for guidance and experience His best in our romantic relationships.[J. Before dating came along, "calling" was the established practice.She said she understood the pressure a teenager might feel to marry an older man as a way to gain some measure of independence.Easter left her fundamentalist community four years ago, at age 21, after breaking off a relationship with a man her father selected for her.At least 31 percent of those children married a spouse who was older than 21 years old, according to a Washington Post article from February.In the 1970s, when Moore was in his 30s and reportedly dating teenagers, the laws on child marriage were changing, Syrett said.