In an utterly sickening case of child abuse, a Wales man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after he repeatedly raped a 12-year-old girl and performed a coat hanger abortion on her and her unborn baby.
The Mirror reports Raymond Hodges, 71, of Barry, Wales abused and threatened the young victim beginning when she was just 5 years old. He pleaded guilty to sexual abuse.
Authorities said Hodges raped, beat and burned the girl and threatened to attack her family; he also sexually abused her and filmed the abuse. When the young girl became pregnant at age 12, police said Hodges used a coat hanger to abort her unborn baby.
Judge Philip Harris-Jenkins, who sentenced Hodges, called his crimes “the most depraved and horrific” sexual abuse that he had seen. He said Hodges did not show any remorse for his crimes.
“This is a case of extremely depraved sexual abuse upon a young girl for a number of years,” Harris-Jenkins said. “Your actions were sadistic on more than one occasion.”
Understandably, the young girl was severely psychologically damaged from the abuse. According to the report, she later dropped out of school and attempted self-harm and suicide. Her name and current age are being withheld for privacy reasons; however, the report indicates she now is an adult.
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It is likely that Hodges forced his young victim to abort her unborn baby, though reports are not clear.
LifeNews has reported a number of cases where sexual abuse victims were forced or coerced to abort their unborn babies by their abusers. Studies of victims of sex trafficking indicate they often are pressured to abort their unborn babies so they can continue working.
Several studies also have linked domestic violence to abortion. In these cases, some women were forced or pressured by partners into having abortions, while others believed having an abortion would help them escape abuse.
Some people wrongly assume that most rape victims who become pregnant want abortions. Hellen Rhoda said many people pressured her to abort her son because of the crime that caused his conception. Though she faced numerous struggles, the brave young woman chose life for her son, too.
“I could not imagine ending the life of this cute little boy (who will turn out to be great in this world) because of some wicked man’s actions,” Rhoda wrote. “When my son was born, I named him Ellis, meaning “consecrated for God.” I am glad I kept my baby, even though I have paid a heavy price for him.”
Rhoda and many others have found hope through Save The 1, a pro-life group that protects, supports and empowers women who become pregnant by rape and their children conceived in rape.