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Raped at 14 by someone she trusted, Julia chose life for her baby

(Save the 1) Hi, my name is Julia, and I was raped at 14 years old by a friend of the family who we all thought was trustworthy.

Despise the fact of being just a child myself, I decided to have my baby because, like me, she was innocent and she didn’t have to carry the guilt of the aggressor who, eventually, is the one who deserves being punished.

My beautiful baby girl was born a few days after I turned 15. Her name is Mia Victoria and I love her more than anything else on earth. She is one month and a few days old, and being myself so young, I start learning how to be a mother.

Nobody forced me to have her, nobody tried to force me to abort her. Abortion was never among my plans, even though I am from Argentina, where abortion is free for rape victims.

To anyone else considering abortion, please, say yes to life because when you get pregnant, it is not just your body anymore — there is someone else’s innocent body, which ardently claims to live. Think it over twice.

I became a faithful follower of Save The 1‘s Spanish Facebook page Salvar El 1 the very same day I learned I was pregnant. I came to this page when I saw a meme about another young mother who became pregnant by rape — “Paloma.” So I wrote a comment telling about my situation as well. It was important to me to see I am not the only one, and I wanted to be able to tell my story about how I chose life as well.

Thanks to the page editors who put us in touch, “Paloma” and I are now good friends on Facebook! If you are pregnant by rape, or have a baby as a result, know that you are not alone. Reach out and connect with others.

Editor’s note: “Julia” is a 15 mother from Argentina and is now a blogger for Salvar El 1 — the Spanish division of Save the 1. This article originally appeared at Save the 1, and is reprinted here with permission.

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