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Raising Child Conceived From Rape

A Psychologist’s Perspective
⚠️ Reader Discretion advised. Includes abuse detail.
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Rape is a violent act of abuse committed against the will of an individual. The victim is coerced into sexual acts of genital, oral, or anal sex. Assault, harass­ment, and exploitation can accompany sexual abuse. Through the use of physical force, threats of damage, and coercion, the perpe­tra­tor domi­nates the situation. Even during the rape process, a woman (who is most often the victim*) fears for her life afterwards. Hence, rape goes beyond a sexual act. The physical trauma and coercion can originate from either strangers or romantic partners.

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