This guy in a high religious position apparently enticed black youth, using Scripture and the power of his own personality, and subverted their natural longings for a male parent into a sexual relationship with him.
He was crafty enough to ply them with gifts, trips, and even cars, to wait until they were legally above the age of consent in Georgia, and then he went in for the kill.
I had been raised to view that any young man who would even consider having sex with a young woman before marriage did not respect her, and that any relationship built on that foundation would be troubled. I initiated a relationship with him even though he didn’t meet every point on my checklist.
There was just something about him, something that drew me to him in spite of the differences.
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A simple matter of working one job instead of two in order to pay the rent.
This ran counter to everything I’d grown up “knowing” about men.
Here was a man who wanted to have sex with me and didn’t have any convictions about waiting for marriage, but he wasn’t pressuring me to have sex with him? I couldn’t understand what I was experiencing because I had been taught that it is . It took a while for me to truly trust him, though, because I had been taught to associate willingness to have sex before marriage with lack of respect.
As our relationship progressed, I found Sean increasingly baffling.
He simply didn’t fit in the dichotomous picture I had created of the world around me.