Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Victim’s Story

        We live in a fallen world, a world with mistakes, slips in judgment, and unwanted pregnancies. The young girls who walk into our doors share their stories of regret and shame. They choose for themselves to walk the slippery road of premarital sex, and they need hope. That is the primary account we typically hear. Some days, however, we hear the stories of the victims. We hear the exceptions. We rediscover the utter depth of this fallen world. Yesterday morning, we wrapped our arms around a 24 year old date rape victim. Expecting a typical appointment, our client advocate took her for counseling. The dark story began to unfold.

        Weeks prior, she attended a party at a close friend’s home. The actual of events and decisions at the party are irrelevant at this point, because it was the choice of another that sealed the night. Unnoticed by her, a man slipped a drug into her drink. Faces blurred. Voices quieted. Her mind seemed to close its eyes, remembering nothing from that drink forward. Hours later, she awoke to an empty house, entirely naked and alone.

"What was the drug?"
"Who was the man?"
"Why did this happen?"
        These questions, among countless others, are justifiably asked, but the answers are nonexistent. The days passed, and the fear becomes reality. Yesterday morning, the diagnosis read clear: Positive. She’s carrying a baby conceived by rape.

        Two drugs are primarily known as the “date rape” drug:  Rohypnol (AKA “roofies”) and GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyerate) (AKA Liquid X). They both produce a sedative effect, amnesia, muscle relaxation, and a slowing of psychomotor responses. The effects can last up to 8 hours, depending on the dose. The typical use of these resembles the following: The attacker will slip the drug into a drink. Upon consumption, the victim will appear drunk and helpless. The attacker will then offer the victim a ride home. When the victim regains consciousness, he or she has no memory of the events.

        Two-thirds of rape victims between the ages of 18 and 29 know their attacker and over 60 percent of rapes occur in residences. This devastatingly proves true in our client’s case. She questions if it was her friend of 7 years, the host of the party, who attacked her. A DNA test will be administered soon to identify the father of this baby.

In the meantime, our client moves forward.
To the glory of God, she has chosen LIFE for her baby!
        She is researching adoption options! The Community Pregnancy Center is also giving her an ultrasound appointment to reaffirm her decision for life! She’s confused. She’s hurt. She has so many unknowns, but she is trusting God with this new life growing inside of her. She’s attending church, and she’s praying for hope and praying for guidance.

        We serve a God with love greater than this world’s hate, grace deeper than this world’s evil, and hope brighter then this world’s devastation. No matter man’s free choice, God offers a rescue. No matter man’s betrayal, God offers a salvation. Yes, we live in such a fallen world, but we stand in the presence of the God who wins! He has conquered this world, and the devil’s days are numbered.

        Praise our Gracious King for bringing this young woman into our doors. Thank Him for His intervention, leading this woman to LIFE for this baby! What a reigning, loving God! Cover this woman in unrelenting prayer as she walks forward!