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I was terrified, alone and ashamed.

Updated: Jan 4, 2023

It was 1969. A few months earlier a man I was on a date with had forcibly raped me. Now I was in Australia at a college friends sheep ranch living for six moths when I needed emergency wisdom teeth extraction due to impaction and abscess. After the surgery, I woke up feeling wet in my genital area. Three months later I was visibly pregnant, despite not being sexually active. Fortunately, my college friend's mother noticed and knew a lady in town I was able to go to where she performed an abortion on me at her house. I was terrified, alone and ashamed. I will never forget it to this day. Thirteen years after that I was happily married. We had two children. This was submitted in second person, for my mother.

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