The Amish? Those gentle, hardworking Luddites that won't lift a hand in anger even if you smear ice cream onto an Amish farmer's nose?
It looks like life among the Amish isn't all butter churning and barn raising. There's also the rape, incest, child beatings, misogyny, animal abuse, and religious brainwashing that take place among the Old Order Amish, according to one amazingly brave girl who had the head to see that she was in a bad place, and the nerve to make an escape.
I'm not going to blame religion here as the cause for the ills she describes. They're the kind of nastiness you'll find in any closed, insular world – heck, in the big, wide world too. As the story takes pains to point out, there are also praiseworthy qualities in the Amish upbringing, and the bad qualities certainly can't be taken as representing all members of the community. Readeth thou more