Alabama court forces rape survivor to allow rapist to have visitation with children

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A 32-year-old woman in Birmingham, Alabama says the state's laws have forced her to face the man she says raped her again and again. With Alabama's recent abortion ban, Jessica's story has gotten national attention, showing how the state is failing rape survivors. Jessica asked to have her last name omitted from this story to protect her children.

Jessica says she was continually raped years ago by her uncle, her mother's half-brother. Despite the evidence, including a DNA test, he was never convicted.

"Well, it all started when I was 12 or 13 years old, and he started climbing in my bed at night," she said.

She was impregnated 4 times as a result. At 14, she miscarried. At 16, she had a baby boy. At 18, she had her third child. He later died due to a disease common in cases of incest. At 19, she had her youngest son.

"I literally just felt like I didn't have any options," she said. In another interview, Jessica told The Washington Post she was forced by her family to marry her rapist. That marriage was later deemed illegal by a court due to a "familial relationship."


Recently, her accused rapist has been taking her to court and winning for visitation of her sons. Jessica says she is sharing her story in hopes it brings change.

"You have to stand behind what's right, and you have to stand up for what you believe in. You know, it's been a very long, hard road for me. But it's going to be worth it. It may not benefit my case, but somebody in the future will benefit from this."

"We are one of two states in the Union that do not have a law that terminates the rights of a rapist," said Rep. Juandalynn Givan (D) Jefferson County.

Representative Givan says her fellow lawmakers are wasting time passing senseless bills.

"I think the legislature is failing the women of Alabama. The justice system can do no more than what we enact into law."

The man that raped Jessica still has visitation rights to her two children. The judge told Jessica she'd have to spend 48 hours in jail for each visit she denied her rapist.
Alabama court forces rape survivor to allow rapist to have visitation with children

According to the right-wing anti-abortion crowd, women who are raped should have the baby (cause it's a life) and not worry about what's described in this article.
Cuz that's family values!
#sarcasm
 
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Alabama court forces rape survivor to allow rapist to have visitation with children

According to the right-wing anti-abortion crowd, women who are raped should have the baby (cause it's a life) and not worry about what's described in this article.
Cuz that's family values!
#sarcasm
Not surprised. The only values the right wing really believe in is white male dominance and blowing up the national debt. They are a race of completely ignorant assholes who can overlook morals with their baseless alternative facts.
 
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Who is in favor of raping children? (I assume that @ 12 or 13 years old, she was not of the age of consent). I don't understand the state of Alabama's thinking here; it's not enough that this child was raped by her relative, she has to share custody (or visiting rights) with the biological father? Can anyone explain this?
 
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Who is in favor of raping children? (I assume that @ 12 or 13 years old, she was not of the age of consent). I don't understand the state of Alabama's thinking here; it's not enough that this child was raped by her relative, she has to share custody (or visiting rights) with the biological father? Can anyone explain this?
Not to worry. I'm sure some Trump loving "christian" will soon be here to explain why you are wrong.
 
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Exhaling. Oh, Alabamy! Southern hospitality, home cookin', college football, country music, home of Harper Lee........okay that's enough.
Crappy schools. Glaring racism. Political corruption up the lazy river. Poverty Poverty Poverty. Opioids. VIolent crime.
Wanna guess which political party is in power?? Yeah--go ahead. Guess.
 
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Exhaling. Oh, Alabamy! Southern hospitality, home cookin', college football, country music, home of Harper Lee........okay that's enough.
Crappy schools. Glaring racism. Political corruption up the lazy river. Poverty Poverty Poverty. Opioids. VIolent crime.
Wanna guess which political party is in power?? Yeah--go ahead. Guess.
Shush your criticism. They are doing pretty well for themselves down there, considering how inbred they are.
 
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Who is in favor of raping children? (I assume that @ 12 or 13 years old, she was not of the age of consent). I don't understand the state of Alabama's thinking here; it's not enough that this child was raped by her relative, she has to share custody (or visiting rights) with the biological father? Can anyone explain this?

I can. It's Alabama. The heart and soul of MAGA country.
 
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This thread is awesome.

I hope you guys have half the balls to say 1/4 of things like this in public outside of your echo chambers.

Trumps greatest campaigners: leftists!!!


Keep up the good work.