Rape Victim Who Gave Birth Will Have To Share Custody With Her Rapist

He raped her when she was only 14, and she gave birth to a daughter. Now, she has to share custody.

A Boston court has made a controversial ruling in favor of a rapist. A man who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old-girl and impregnated her can now fight for parental rights over his daughter.

In 2011, Jamie Melendez pled guilty to raping the victim—who is now 21— at her family home in Dedham. He was 17 at the time and sentenced to probation. “My client, a 14-year-old rape victim who became pregnant from rape, has to share parental rights with the man who attacked her,” the victim's lawyer said to WPXI

In 2012, Melendez was ordered to pay child support, which helped his case for establishing parental rights. He argued that he was supporting his child, and thus he had a right to see her. According to the court, it would "unfairly disadvantage the child by depriving her of the right to receive financial support from both parents.” 

Melendez had previously petitioned for visitation with his daughter, who is now seven years old, but the request was denied. "My client is very worried she'll have to send her daughter off to this man she doesn't know, and tell her she'll be going off on visits with the man who raped her mother and created her. We're fiercely fighting against concept of even being in Family Court," the victim's lawyer explained in 2012.

This new ruling allows Melendez to continue to vie for visitation until the girl is 18.

[Photo: CNN]

 

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