An Alabama woman claims the same man who raped and impregnated her multiple times as a child has won visitation rights to see their children, forcing her to face her alleged rapist or risk being put behind bars.
Now, she claims a judge told her she would spend 48 hours in a county jail every time she denied her alleged rapist visitation time with her sons.
At 16, she gave birth to her alleged rapist’s son.
At 19, she said she was impregnated a fourth time by her uncle and gave birth to another son.
Her story sparked national attention after the passage of Alabama’s new abortion law, which critics say shows how the state is failing to protect survivors of sexual assault.
In May, Alabama’s Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the most stringent abortion law in the nation – making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases unless necessary for the mother’s health.
Jessica, who asked for her last name to be omitted to protect her sons, said she ‘s sharing her story to stand behind what she believes is right.
Alabama state Rep. Juandalynn Givan, a Democrat, said Alabama is one of two states in the nation that does not terminate the rights of a rapist.
“I think the Legislature is failing the women of Alabama. The justice system can do no more than what we enact into law,” she said.
Givan said she is working to pre-file legislation for the next session that would strip rapists of their parental rights in the state of Alabama.