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Thankful to Be Alive

Raped in her own home. Baby on the way. Unbroken.

A 14-year old young woman, Nanette (names have been changed), knew that she lived in a dangerous area of Santo Domingo and was often very cautious. Unbeknownst to her a man around 45-years old had been watching and spying on her. One night Nanette’s mother was working late at night, leaving her relatively unprotected and vulnerable. This man broke into their home and raped her. She later found out that she had fallen pregnant from that abuse.

Our Gifts of Grace Aftercare team in the Dominican Republic was able to provide psychological services so Nanette could first understand that what had happened was in no way her fault. She was empowered simply knowing that she was believed.

We also helped contact the local police who have a warrant out for her abuser’s arrest. He has since fled to Haiti, but when he is found we will continue to provide legal services so her perpetrator comes to justice.

Nanette is now getting ready to have her baby in a few days. The local hospital told her that she cannot keep the baby without legal representation, and the state would be stepping in to take the child. Your charitable donations have allowed Gifts of Grace to provide a lawyer so she has the representation she needs to care for her and the baby, whom she hopes to keep and love.

Nanette is on her way to being a young mom, who is scarred—but she is not broken. At this time of year where we all have so much to be thankful for, we thank you for helping us bring hope to so many who are searching for a light in the darkness.

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