A British teen who became pregnant from a gang rape suffered even more psychological trauma when her parents forced her to abort her unborn baby, a jury heard this week.
The Independent reports the teen, who was 14 at the time, allegedly was raped by three men sometime between August 2002 and August 2003. The men are on trial this week before the Sheffield Crown Court in England.
When the teen told her parents about the abuse, prosecutors said her parents verbally abused her and then forced her to have an abortion.
Two men, Nabeel Kurshid and Iqlak Yousaf, are accused of drugging the girl and then taking her to Sherwood Forest where they threatened to abandon her unless she had sex with them, according to the report.
Prosecutor Michelle Colborne said Kurshid, Yousaf and a third unidentified man took turns raping the girl, and one bit her on the neck, leaving a scar.
“The defendants ensured her compliance by giving her drugs and threatening to abandon her in the forest,” Colborne said. “She became pregnant as a result of the group rape. Her parents forced her to have a termination. She suffered a great deal of psychological trauma as a result.”
Both men denied the abuse.
The Daily Star reports the teen, now in her 30s, was one of several young women in the Rotherham, England area who allegedly was targeted by a gang of eight men in the 1990s and early 2000s.
According to the report:
They had plied teens “who thought they were loved” with alcohol and drugs and “passed them around” between each other for sex.
The girls, including two young sisters, were subjected to “acts of a degrading and violent nature” it was alleged.
The men – now all in their mid to late 30s – are accused of 28 offences including 11 rapes, 14 indecent assaults, falsely imprisoning a girl and procuring a girl under 16 for sex with another person.
Abortion and abuse frequently are connected, but abortion activists wrongly push abortion as a way to help rape victims heal. Instead, many rape victims report their abortions were equally or even more traumatic than the abuse.
“My abortion affected my life for 37 years,” McAskie said. “I got over the rape but I never got over my abortion experience.”
Research by the Elliot Institute found that between 75 percent and 85 percent of pregnant rape victims do not have abortions. Of those who did, many felt pressured or coerced to abort their unborn babies.
For example, in 2015, a sexual abuse victim told a British court that her abuser forced her to abort her unborn baby. While the woman admitted that she had no desire to be a mother, she said she would not have aborted her baby – “because I didn’t want to go through all that.”
Some rape victims even are criticized when they choose life for their unborn babies. Analyn Megison, a mother in Florida who was raped and conceived a daughter from the assault, told the Christian Science Monitor how she was criticized and condemned for choosing life.
“People ridicule you and distrust you because you chose to have your child – ‘Oh, you must not have been raped,’ ” Megison said. “It’s such a strange world we live in where you have to be questioned as a mother why you love the child that … you nurse and play with and pray with and read stories with.”