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4 months ago
Life has truly been a roller coaster ride for me, with long downward spirals. My sister and I were victims of sexual abuse at ages 3 and 5, and today I have a 4 year old son, the light of my life, who is a product of rape. It has taken me a long time to move forward, but after 4 years I tried to start over and began dating. Things were pretty good for a couple of months, until he become controlling and started hitting me. I decided to leave the apartment I shared with a friend and move out of town to get away. He followed me, tracked me down, and pleaded with me to take him back. One morning, as I was opening the door to leave for work with my son, he was waiting for me and pushed his way inside. By this point, I had realized to my despair, I was 4 months pregnant with his child. When he found out he was furious. 2 days later, my body ached all over as doctors finished surgery to repair my ruptured appendix. He had hit me so hard in the stomach, the doctors said had I waited any longer to get to the hospital I could have died. Fortunately, my baby was okay, and doctors said I needed to rest. He continued to harass me to the point that I was evicted from my place as everyone else was worried for their own safety at that point. After receiving my paycheck 4 days later, I drove to the train station with a box of stuff and we headed to Illinois hoping to find some refuge with my sister. Unfortunately, when I arrived in Quincy there weren’t many people looking to offer a job to a mid-term pregnant homeless single mother abuse victim. At 7 months pregnant I couldn’t have felt more desperate, when a lady at the Salvation Army told me to call Birthright. I did, and after a couple of weeks of talking, the volunteer gave me a ride to fill out a housing application so we wouldn’t have to walk again. I was so upset about my prospects, she went in with me; with her help and God watching, our lives began to change that very week. We were accepted for a two bedroom apartment in a safe neighborhood and were able to find a bed (we had been sleeping on the floor for so long), stove and refrigerator. I have never felt so together, so loved, and so accepted. I am looking forward to having my baby on October 25th because my new best friend is going to be with me in the delivery room so I won’t have to be alone when my daughter, who I am naming after that Birthright volunteer, takes her first breath.
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“I am 22 years old and expecting a baby in November. I have lived in Quincy for 2 years but moved a lot as a child because my dad was career military. I have 3 stepmoms and have never been able to spend much time with my biological mother … I’m not even sure where she is. I have never had an alcohol or drug problem because I’ve seen it hurt so many people, especially in my family, but I do suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and a seizure disorder. My baby is unexpected and untimely, but as a child growing up in Texas I was educated to the fact that abortion kills a baby, so that could never be an option for me. I’ve always said that I don’t believe in miracles, but after my counselor at college helped me get in touch with a Birthright volunteer in Quincy, I am seeing positive changes taking place in my life that I must say are more than just coincidence. The volunteer has done so much to help me in practical ways that I really can see a bright future for me and my baby. I also know that I have found a true friend for life.”
–Cathy ... See MoreSee Less
“I was pressured into an abortion when I was only eighteen years old. I have felt tremendous guilt and anguish every day since the procedure, and instead of fading away like I have hoped, those feelings have only gotten stronger as time has passed. At the time I felt scared, confused, and backed into a corner by the baby’s father, my parents expectations, and my own plans for my life . . . I never felt like I had a real choice. I was horrified and ashamed later when I learned the real facts about my terminated pregnancy. I was uninformed, didn’t have the support I needed, and was looking for any way to justify my decision. I wish someone would have been there for me.”
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