A lawyer in Chicago talks about her rape and how her rapist wants to have access to the child.
Shauna Prewitt was raped while she was a student. It was her final year of college. She was 21 years old.
She became pregnant after her rape. Nine months later she gave birth to her daughter.
Not only did she have to face her rapist she also faced ignorance from other people about her ordeal.
People made comments like What were you wearing? Did you scream loudly? Did this occur in public?
It made her feel that it was her fault that she was raped.
Rep. Todd Akin’s recent comments about “legitimate rape” struck Prewitt. The scientific “fact” that Akins stated is not true. Women can become pregnant by rape and she is one of those women.
The most tragic experience was when her tormentor wanted access to her child. Apparently, many states allow men who father through rape get custody or visitation rights to the children. There is no law that stops a rapist from asking for custody.
Prewitt says a woman may be forced to bargain her legal rights to a criminal trial for her rape in exchange for the rapist dropping the bid for custody or access.
Most women will probably sacrifice her rights as to stop the rapist from having access to the child.
Prewitt continues to fight. She strives to persuade legislators to pass laws restricting parental rights to men who fathered children through rape.