Warning: this post discusses sexual assault.
A 63-year-old woman has detailed the horrific sexual assault and abuse she suffered daily at the hands of her former church pastor husband in Australia.
For over four decades, Joy Harris said she was raped, verbally assaulted and abused by her ex-husband, Independent Baptist Minister Larry Harris. At its worst, Joy said she was raped up to seven times a day.
“He thought the more times a day he could have it, the more of a man he was. He would get up to 6, 7 times a day and he didn’t care if it caused me pain,” Joy told 60 Minutes reporter Liam Bartlett on Sunday.
"My husband knew I would do it because I wanted to please God. I look back on it now and realise I didn't have to stay, but I thought I did," Joy said.
Joy and Larry Harris met when they were still teenagers living in the United States, coming together over their love of Christian teachings. But within a few short years, Larry had led them towards the Valley Forge Baptist Church in Pennsylvania, a conservative denomination of Christianity.
Former members have reportedly likened it to a 'cult' that believes in answering only to God and tells women to submit to their husbands.
Larry's belief comes from a passage in Ephesians 5:24 that reads: 'Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything.'