Anonymous Mom: My Child Is A Product Of Rape
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My son has bright blonde hair and beautiful clear blue eyes. He’s smart and funny. He’s got a short temper—some people would say he gets it from me—but is kind and compassionate. He’s so many wonderful things.
He’s also a child born of rape.
I was 18. I’d been dating a guy for a few weeks when we made plans for me to stay over at his apartment. It would be our first time sleeping together, and I was excited. I even brought my own condoms—a condom that he removed after a few minutes because, as he joked then, “skin to skin or it doesn’t go in.”
I was terrified of pregnancy and STIs. That had been the bulk of my sexual education—that both of them were bound to happen if you had sex before marriage. I said, “No, no sex without a condom.” I said, “I’m not on the pill.” I said, “I don’t want to get pregnant.” I said, “Please stop.”
When he was done, he said, “Thank you.” I rolled away and tried not to cry. Then I rolled back to him. I didn’t want to feel violated. I didn’t want to feel afraid. I wanted to feel safe. It’s a paradox, to reach for those things in the person who, up until this moment, you trusted, and who yanked it all away.
Eight weeks later, the stick had a plus sign.