Raped and pregnant at 13 by her foster brother, F.M. said she sought help from her case worker – an authority in whom she supposedly could trust.
Instead, she said the case worker took her for an abortion and then placed her back in the foster home for two more years.
On Wednesday, the woman, identified only as F.M., filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, accusing the agency of failing her while she was in its care, City News Service reports.
In the lawsuit, F.M. said she was sexually abused by a foster father and two foster brothers while living in their home in 1993; she was 13 at the time.
After complaining about pain, she said her foster mother took her to the doctor where she learned that she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease and was five-months pregnant, according to the report.
When F.M.’s case worker learned about the abuse and pregnancy, apparently the only “help” that the case worker gave her was to take her to an abortion facility, according to the lawsuit.
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Here’s more from the news report:
F.M.’s pregnancy was reported to her case worker, who told her to get an abortion and took her to a clinic to have it done, according to the suit.
The DCFS kept F.M. and her sister in the foster home for another two years and the two foster brothers continued to molest her, the suit states.
The DCFS knew or had reason to know about the one foster brother’s abuse and impregnation of F.M., and the subsequent abortion, but “covered up their knowledge of (the foster brother’s) sexual abuse of plaintiff, thereby allowing such further abuse to continue,” according to the suit.
F.M. said the foster care agency failed her. It failed her unborn baby, too.
Abortion often is pushed as a solution for victims of sexual assault. Society seems to assume that women who become pregnant by rape want to abort their unborn babies, but in many cases, this is not true. Some women have said their abortion only added to their trauma, and others said the abortion felt like being raped again.
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.
“Post-Abortion Review” editor Amy Sobie wrote more about the study:
[A]lthough many people believe that abortion will help a woman resolve the trauma of rape more quickly, or at least keep her from being reminded of the rape throughout her pregnancy, many of the women in our survey who had abortions reported that abortion only added to and accentuated the traumatic feelings associated with sexual assault.
This is easy to understand when one considers that many women have described their abortions as being similar to a rape (and even used the term “medical rape), it is easy to see that abortion is likely to add a second trauma to the earlier trauma of sexual assault. Abortion involves an often painful intrusion into a woman’s sexual organs by a masked stranger who is invading her body. Once she is on the operating table, she loses control over her body. Even if she protests and asks the abortionist to stop, chances are she will be either ignored or told that it’s too late to stop the abortion.
An abortion does not solve the problem of rape trauma. It only creates more abuse by victimizing a second innocent life, that of the unborn child.
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