Quotes from the news wire:
I had two young sisters that I loved with every fiber of my soul that I couldn’t protect because there was this giant canyon between us, it took me meeting a very important prosecutor and investigators that were kind and trustworthy that I could come forward and begin to tell my story… [But] I had no idea I would end up testifying against Warren. My goal wasn’t to take Warren down. My goal was to protect my sisters.
I remember locking eyes with him for the first time [in court], i felt this overwhelming power that consumed my very soul and I refused to drop eyes. That was my stand. If I can keep contact with him, I can prove to myself that he didn’t control me… I was liberating myself from his control. I was beginning to free myself from the anger I had towards him.
I really think at the time it was about submission, i could have become a really big problem for the community and for Warren. I was a little more outspoken than the average girl. But I really think it was about pounding me into submission… I was just the next player he wanted to eliminate and to quickly get control over.
I was now the property of my cousin. And no matter how resistant I was to him, his job was to get me into submission as quickly as possible… Then the sexual abuse came later as he started to force himself on me and force that my role as a wife was to be at his beck and call and to have his children. And when I became resistant to that, then the physical abuse started to take over. And I think the frustration of my cousin, his frustration of being judged for not being a good man because his wife wasn’t submissive and she wasn’t good — that all compounded the problem. i felt like something was going terribly wrong.