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Shall I Marry My Cousin Who Molested Me?

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Jan 19, 2018

Question

As-Salamu ‘Alaikum. I have been going through your website but the questions that you answer are a bit different from my question and I need guidance. As a child, I was molested by two men, one being my van driver (who recently passed away and I forgave him), and the other one being a cousin of mine. As a child, I did not speak up against it as I felt dirty and thought that people would hate me if I told them about it. As I grew up, I gathered the guts to say no to both men and won against being molested. Because of this, I grew up to be painfully shy and unsocial as I felt dirty and couldn't look into the people’s eye.I still can't believe I'm 23. The point is that the cousin, who used to fondle me as a child, grew up liking me and wants to marry me. As a matter of fact I, too, like him and want to be with him and marry him. Will it be sinful to marry the same man who molested you when you were a kid? Also, I confronted him about molesting me, and he told me that he was sincerely sorry and that he was always attracted towards me, and he has never touched any other girl and never had feelings for any other girl. Please help me, I don’t know what to do.

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Marry my cousin who molested me?

Answer:

As-Salamu ‘Alaykum sister,

I am so truly sorry to hear that you were molested. It is truly an act of vile and heinous sinfulness which has severe consequences. You are not alone dear sister; sadly many young girls are sexually molested worldwide. While you stated you were afraid to tell anyone at the time, dear sister I want to make one thing very clear – it was not your fault; you were a victim. While you did not mention the ages of the “men” who molested you, emotionally I do not recommend marrying your cousin! When a child is violated in that way, it often leaves deep scares emotionally. As you stated you grew up feeling shy, unsocial, and feeling dirty, to think about marrying one of your molesters, to wake up and see his face every morning, may trigger deeper psychological trauma than you have already experienced. I ask you to look at the reasons why you are even contemplating this! You are worth so much, sister! Behind your shame, pain and feelings of being “dirty” is a wonderful, pious, beautiful, intelligent young woman. I want you to get in touch with her – and love her and protect her!

Please, dear sister, I ask that you get counseling as soon as possible in sha’ Allah for the abuse that has occurred. Please, seek out a qualified therapist who can help you work through the resulting trauma of being sexually abused. It is not normal to want to marry someone who violated you.

You are in our prayers dear sister. We love you and care about you!

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About Aisha Mohammad-Swan

Aisha Mohammad-Swan received her PhD in psychology in 2000. Aisha worked as a Counselor/Psychologist for 12 years for Geneva B. Scruggs Community Health Care Center in New York with a focus on PTSD, OCD, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, marriage/relationships issues, as well as community-cultural dynamics. She is certified in Restorative Justice/ Healing Circles, Conflict Resolution, and Mediation, and is also a certified Life Coach. She is currently studying for her certification in Islamic Chaplaincy, and takes Islamic courses at SHC. Aisha works at a Women's Daytime Drop in Center, and has her own part-time practice in which she integrates counseling and holistic health. Aisha also received an MA in Public Health/Community Development in 2009 and plans to open a community counseling/resource center for Muslims and others in the New York area in the future, in sha' Allah.

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