A sexual assault victim’s revelation has led police to an investigation into a Philadelphia mosque after she disclosed in a Facebook video that she was married there as a teen.
ABC6 reports the victim posted the video about two weeks ago. During the video, she says she married her assailant, Rajmannn Sanders, in 2016. She became a child bride at the age of 14. Sanders was more than twice his new wife’s age.
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“At the time I was a virgin. It was going to be my first marriage, of course.”
In the video, the victim said that following their marriage, Sanders began sexually assaulting her and her 10-year-old sister.
“The 10-year-old was not handled correctly and everything was swept under the rug. Not only was it wrong, it was wrong to me because at the time I was still his wife.”
The criminal complaint states that Sanders threatened to shoot the older victim during one sexual incident. Police have since charged Sanders with numerous counts including rape, indecent assault, and forcible compulsion, ABC6 reports. Reporters were unable to get in touch with his attorney.
Further, police are trying to determine whether or not child weddings are occurring at the Masjid Uthman Dan Fodiyo mosque. The victim claims her unofficial wedding happened there.
Last Friday, officers searched the mosque and a mosque leader’s home. There is no word if any significant evidence was found.
The now 17-year-old said she’s speaking out in hopes of helping prevent others from becoming victims. She went on to explain the toxicity of children being in a pedophilic environment.
“This is not healthy for me or my kids. No one should want their kids around this, especially with the pedophilia, that should be enough to say no I don’t want my kids around this.”
ABC6 reports that the victims remain in protective custody with the Department of Human Services. The investigation remains in progress.