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Problem Statement

Women whom have conceived a child through sexual assault or rape lack support, social inclusion, resources, and are denied the fundamental right of self-determination to plan without influence.



The population affected by this issue are the surviving women whom conceived a child through sexual assault or parent of a child that was conceived from sexual assault. Lastly, multi-disciplinary professionals that provide services, intervention or treatments to women who endured sexual assault related pregnancies. Individuals may have been subjects of incest, intimate partner violence or victims of sexual violence.


Current Program Offerings

       Currently, there are few programs that offer direct services for a woman that experienced sexual assault related pregnancies. Programs that are offered are based solely around the culture rape. Sexual assault related pregnancies are a sub population of rape due to “Rape Culture” unconsciously excluded this population of women. Programs offer therapy opportunities for victims, yet they do not have services or resources for a mother that does not want to terminate their pregnancy.


Concerns for Clients

       Woman whom conceive a child through sexual assault and the child are at risk to be re victimized by repeating their stories and interacting with multi-disciplinary professionals. Additionally, clients may be wary about coming forth in participation due to risking public identification, biased opinions, re victimization or contact from there perpetrator.


  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that nearly 1.3 million American women were victims of rape or attempted rape every year.

  • More than 32,000 pregnancies result from rape every year with the highest rates of rape related pregnancy reported by women of intimate partner violence.

  • National Center for Injury, Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention

  • Study samples expanded to the entire population, estimates that 50,000 rape related pregnancies occur yearly.

  • The majority of pregnancies that occur from sexual assault were among victims of incest, intimate partner violence, human trafficking and homeless adolescents.

  • Only 11.7% of the women who discover they conceived through sexual assault received immediate medical attention.

  • The percentage of women who decided to parent their child conceived through sexual assualt were 32%.

  • 32.4% of rape victims did not discover they were pregnant until their second trimester.

  • 6% of children conceived from sexual assault were placed for adoption.

  • 12% of rape related pregnancies result in miscarriage or spontaneous abortion.


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