14 Year Old Raped and Impregnated, And Must Now Share Parental Rights With Her Attacker

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Rapist's paternity rights locks his victim into a 16-year relationship with him.

According to reports by Alternet.org, rape victim, referred to as H.T., was impregnated by her attacker in 2009 at just age 14. She's currently suing Massachussets to stop the "court ordered 16 year unwanted relationship" that's mandating that her attacker be a part of her life for parental reasons.

"Melendez pleaded guilty to rape in September, 2011 (Norfolk Criminal Docket No . CR200900499) and was sentenced to probation for 16 years. As a condition of probation, Melendez was ordered to initiate proceedings in family court, declare paternity as to the child born of his crime, (paternity had already been determined in the criminal case, via DNA testing), and comply with the family court's orders throughout the probationary period. H.T. and her family adamantly expressed discontent with the family court proceedings but to no avail.

But it gets worse.

In June 2012, H.T. found out that her attacker, Jamie Melendez, was seeking visitation rights. "Melendez had no prior contact with the child and had expressed no interest in the child, but no Massachusetts law forbids the enforcement of visitation rights by a biological father who causes a child's birth through the crime of rape," the complaint states.

After a family court judge ordered Melendez to pay $110 a week in child support, Melendez asked for visitation rights, and offered to withdraw his request in exchange for not having to pay child support, according to the lawsuit.

The request was denied.

H.T. asked that the judge review his decision and in addition to, free her from all obligation to be present at meetings involving her rapist. Her requests were sent to family court, denied again,  thus continuing the mandatory family court proceedings.

"An estimated 35,000 babies are born from rape every year," the complaint states. "No state court has ever issued an order such as the one at issue here. Granting the plaintiff's requested relief will inhibit state court judges in Massachusetts and elsewhere from similarly depriving rape victims of their liberty, personal autonomy and due process."

H.T. is still seeking annulment of the order, but to date has yet to be successful.

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  1. I pray they grant her request. I was also raped repeatedly at 14 and gave birth to a child at 15. It’s hard enough dealing with the pain of the experience but to make her consistently relive this trauma by having to deal with this guy on any level is insanity at its best. Drop the child support if you have to but please don’t let this girl suffer anymore than she already has. I know some are thinking that she has to think of him anyway because she has his child. A mother has the ability to love her no matter how they got came into this world. When she sees her child she sees herself and that’s enough!! I do pray she finds peace with this situation somehow so her healing process can finally begin.

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  2. Injustices like this are why people take matters into their own hands.. this would not happen in my family.. for obvious reasons.

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  3. This is so extreamly heart breaking … He should have to pay child support and he should not be allowed any kind of parental visits . Has anyone thought that he could harm the child this is ludacris .

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  4. This is sooooo wrong on soooo many levels!!!! Whats wrong with this world? This decision is a hot mess!!!I feel so bad for this girl, god love her!!!!!

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  5. IT IS SO SAD,BUT I AM NOT SURPRISED. OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM IS SO FXCKED UP,IT ACTS LIKE, IT’S DESIGNED MORE FOR THE CRIMINALS THAN THE VICTIMS.YOU CAN RAPE SOMEONE AND THEN BE UP IN THEIR FACE FOR SIXTEEN YEARS,REMINDING THEM OF THE HORRIFIC CRIME THAT THEY HAD TO ENDURE OVER AND OVER AGAIN! LIKE IT’S NOT ENOUGH THAT THE MOTHER WILL BE REMINDED CONSTANTLY ON A DAILY BASIS,JUST BY LOOKING AT THE CHILD. BURGLARS CAN BREAK INTO YOUR HOME,GET HURT AND SUE YOU,LIKE IT’S YOUR FAULT. I TELL YOU OUR SYSTEM IS SERIOUSLY FLAWED. I PRAY THAT SOMETHING CHANGES,BUT FOR NOW JESUS REMAINS OUR ONLY JUST JUDGE!

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  6. No thoughts as to the well-being of the child I see. This is why other countries look at us as they do. This is just sad and pathetic. I pray for these children.

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  7. This just speaks to how poorly our law system deals with rape. On what grounds does it make sense to force a rape victim to deal with her rapist just because he’s the father of the child? I personally don’t think a rapist deserves rights to the child at all. It’s very upsetting the government is handling this the way they are.

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  8. I have seen this story on a few sites and it always only lists rape as the charge. my question is, was this statutory rape? I just want an answer to better understand what has happened.

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  9. HELL to the NO!!!

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