Friday, August 22, 2008

Very Sad

There's a powerful story recently in the Daily Mail about Elizabeth Cameron (a pseudonym) who was raped at age 16, became pregnant, and despite everyone except her mother trying to convince her to have an abortion, kept her baby.

Perhaps the saddest part of the article is this:

Very few people know the truth of how Phoebe [Elizabeth's daughter] came to exist. Unfortunately, in their community, it is assumed that she is just another youngster who got pregnant through carelessness, foolishness or deliberate willfulness.

'At college, one of my tutors even asked if I'd got pregnant deliberately so I could get a council flat.'

Her mother shakes her head. 'Most people don't know the gory facts. To them, she is just a silly girl who got herself pregnant.

'We had always been regular churchgoers in our community before this. But we faced so many barbed comments from people at church that we stopped going there and went somewhere else. Sometimes, it has felt like me and Elizabeth against the rest of the world.'

1 comment:

The Dutchman said...

Ahhh — the sin of presumption yet again. So easy to fall into, isn't it?

And, what an heroic girl!