Jessica Willis Fisher, the 26-year-old daughter of The Willis Clan patriarch Toby, has revealed that she suffered decades of sex abuse, beatings, and manipulation at the hands of her father.
The Willis Clan, originally made up of a Christian family of 14 from Nashville, Tennessee, shot to fame through season 9 of “America’s Got Talent.” They were also featured in “The Willis Family” TV series on TLC between 2015 and 2016, before Toby Willis was arrested on charges of child rape.
Willis was sentenced to 40 years in prison in July 2017 on multiple counts of raping his daughters.
Now, as The Willis Clan is looking to rebuild and produce music again, Jessica, the eldest daughter who has since left the country music band, has opened up on her website about the extensive sex abuse that she and her siblings were subjected to.
“As far back as I can remember, I was sexually abused by my father. I figure I was around 3 years old in some of the earliest memories. Initially, I had no way to know that anything was wrong. When I did eventually come to realize the fact, I had no way to accurately express what was happening to me. There followed immense shame, distrust and hurt throughout my childhood — even in the happy times. Thus ran the two parallel storylines that became my life,” wrote Fisher, 26.
“An initial awareness of questionable behavior began when I was around 9 years old. Something (I’m still not sure what) caused my mother to become suspicious of my father’s interactions. I didn’t realize there was zero evidence of anything specific and all I did was nod uncertainly when a few general questions were asked by my mother,” she continued.
“I heard my mother raise her voice to my father for the first time in my life and I thought the adults would figure it out. I didn’t understand that my father simply denied any wrongdoing and became more secretive and dangerous from then on.”
Fisher explained that “underneath the outward foundations of family, religion and homeschooling with an emphasis in the arts, there was a constant current of manipulation, domination, fear and favor.”
She said that the abuse continued throughout her puberty years, and only started to fade off when she turned 17.
She tried to explain how she and her siblings did not realize for all those years how they were all being abused, and noted that since they were different ages and had different viewpoints, the extent of the abuse did not come to light for years.
As she grew older and the family grew more famous, she began to feel the urge to break free from her father’s manipulation and speak out.
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Source: Christian Post