Saturday 21 October 2017

40 young teens fell pregnant after rape

There were 40 pregnancies reported in 2011 among teenagers who were raped under the age of 18 years, the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) has revealed.

Data collected by rape crisis centres around the country for the year found that of the 40 women who attended in 2011:

• Nineteen who were raped under the age of 18 went on to give birth and parent their children.

• Nine had their pregnancy terminated.

• Seven miscarried or had stillbirths.

• Five who became pregnant had their child placed for adoption or fostering.

Data previously released, which was recorded on all women and girls attending rape crisis centres in 2011, shows that of the 2,036 survivors of sexual violence who attended the centres:

• Ninety girls and women became pregnant as a result of rape.

• Seventeen survivors, pregnant as a result of rape, terminated the pregnancy.

• Two survivors became pregnant more than once as a result of rape and had different outcomes in each pregnancy.

"There has been talk about the case of women who have been raped and are pregnant as a result," said Fiona Neary, executive director of the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland.

"It is important this discussion is informed by facts and a compassionate understanding of the realities facing these girls."

Irish Independent

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