On Thursday, October 26, I was joined by Genevieve Marnon, Michigan Right to Life, Rebecca Kiessling, and Tiffany, a sexual assault survivor, to discuss legislation that is needed to protect victims of sexual assault and children conceived through rape.
Women who become pregnant as a result of a sexual assault should be protected by the state as best as possible. Unfortunately, a loophole in current law allowed for a tragic incident to put a victim and her child in harm’s way.
Tiffany, a young woman from Sanilac County, became pregnant after she was kidnapped and raped at the age of 12. In her victim statement, Tiffany informed the judge and prosecutor that she was pregnant from the assault. Her rapist spent six and a half months in prison before attacking another victim.
About eight years later, the Sanilac County prosecutor granted her rapist custody of her son and parenting time without notifying her or taking into consideration the best interests of the child.
Inconsistencies in our state custody laws must be addressed to prevent this from happening to other sexual assault survivors and their children. I will continue to work diligently to ensure that this tragic situation does not happen again.