Certainly, post-rape is an emotionally trying time for any victim of sexual assault. Complicating matters further can be the issue of an unintended pregnancy.
Some victims of rape may opt for abortion, but for many women, these children go on to be some of the biggest blessings of their lives, the Daily Mail reports.
“When I was 15, I was a victim of rape and became pregnant,” one mother told the Daily Mail. “Today my beautiful daughter is 6, I’m engaged to the love of my life and baby number two is on the way. You didn’t ruin me.”
Another woman added: “I got pregnant at 14 from rape. I happily kept and raised the baby. I’m so happy I was blessed with motherhood so early because I was diagnosed with infertility today.”
In America, the primary reasons women give for having an abortion include finances, responsibility, relationships and the impact of the child on the woman’s life and/or career, according to Operation Rescue. Cases of rape or incest account for fewer than 1 percent of abortions, according to the statistics.
“When my rapist got me pregnant, almost everyone I knew said ‘abortion’ like there was no other option,” another woman told the Daily Mail. “I kept her, I’m raising her, and she is the BEST thing to happen to me.”
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Adoption is another option that women carrying a child secondary to rape may consider.
“I knew it wasn’t her fault and she was as much a victim as I was,” one woman who put her daughter up for adoption told the news outlet. “I want her to live an amazing life. No regrets.”
“Four years ago I was raped and got pregnant by my rapist. Yesterday, I married my boyfriend of two years and today, he legally adopted my daughter. I’m the luckiest girl in the world,” another woman added.
Some women may fear their child may physically resemble their rapist, perpetuating memories and trauma. While that may be the case for some, it was not the case for one woman speaking with the Daily Mail.
“I was raped at 18 and got pregnant. I kept my son. He is 11 today, I couldn’t be prouder of him, he proves everyday how he is nothing like my rapist,” she told them.