Not much I can add to this. Sexual crimes, like all crimes of power, violence, violation, live on with us for years after the ‘event’. This is worth reading.
Despite the recent ignorant comments of Rep. Todd Akin, the act of rape can and does result in pregnancy. Imagine having survived a brutal rape, only to find out that you are pregnant as a result of that rape. Nine months later you give birth to a perfect little girl, and you fall in love with her the moment you see her. (Research shows that 30% of women who are raped and conceive as a result of that rape, choose to keep their children.) The “mother bear” inside you growls ferociously, as you are determined to protect this precious little one from anyone who could bring her harm.
Then imagine learning that your offender – yes, the man that raped you – has legal rights as the father of your child! He can co-parent her!
This was the experience of an incredibly gutsy woman named Shauna Prewitt, who…
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Jonno, I can’t find your e-mail address and when I call you some other dude answers. Please write to me or give me a call. Cheers.