As horrible as that may be, arguably, what happens in the United States is worse. In the USA 32,000 pregnancies resulting from rape and in approximately 30 states the rapist can actually sue for parental rights. That means, for instance, that your 17-year-old daughter could be tied to her rapist for 18 years through the child he forced her to conceive.
Regardless of her trauma, which she will fight to live with for the rest of her life, she may well be denied the right to an abortion, and worse yet she can be denied the right to have any peace of mind while she raises that child. She isn’t sentenced to 200 lashes here, but given the choice many women would choose 200 lashes over having to have her rapist in her life until that child is of legal age. It is emotionally raping her again every time she is forced to see her attacker.
And what about the child? Does anyone think any child should be forced to have visitation with a man who conceived them by rape? Can we make worse laws to victimize women for being a woman and unable to fight off a rapist without sentencing them to lashings?
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Many States Grant Convicted Rapists Custody Rights; Not Missouri and Arkansas, Due to New Laws. (n.d.). KSMU. Retrieved November 10, 2013, from http://ksmu.org/article/many-states-grant-convicted-rapists-custody-rights-not-missouri-and-arkansas-due-new-67205