The Child Of A Man Who Raped Her

1288 Words May 24th, 2016 6 Pages
Imagine for a second that you are a thirteen-year-old girl. Think about being back in middle school with all of your youthfulness, all of your innocence—carefree—just beginning to learn about yourself and the world. You have just begun to feel freedom and feel more like an adult. Now imagine that, one day, you are raped. You are raped by a stranger in your own house, and nobody is around to help you. Now, if that wasn’t horrible enough, imagine finding out nineteen weeks later that you are pregnant—carrying the child of your attacker within your body. The terror of that day suddenly returns, reminding you of the tragic incident that occurred almost five months before. You’ve always wanted to have children, but not this early—not this way. Your choices are limited: have the child or don’t. You decide to have an abortion. It makes sense because, after all, how could someone so young give birth this child: the child of a man who raped her? Now stop imagining. For Gina, a young girl who shared this story on Pro-Choice America (“Gina, 13,” n.d.), this is her reality, and she’s not alone. Studies have shown that every year, there are about 293,000 victims of sexual assault in America (Gaiman, n.d.). Of these 293,000 victims, about 5% become pregnant (Perry, 2013), resulting in almost 15,000 pregnancies from rape each year. If you were one of these 15,000 Americans, would you want to raise the child of someone who raped you? Or would you want to have a way out? Make no mistake,…
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