J.R.R. Tolkien once wrote that “courage is found in unlikely places.” This statement could not be more true than when we look at Sarah’s story. Sarah* came to us as a 20-year old facing an unplanned pregnancy. Many young women like Sarah look to abortion as “a way out” of a pregnancy they did not intend. But not Sarah. She clearly stated that abortion was not an option for her because of her faith. For a young woman like Sarah, facing an uncertain future as a single mom takes tremendous courage and strength that not many people possess. Her story reveals the great magnitude of such courage and strength. This pregnancy was not the result of a one-time fling or a long-term relationship. Sarah was raped. And not by one man, but several men at the same time. Few of us can even begin to fathom the trauma of a gang-rape victim, let alone discovering the rape led to a pregnancy. Sarah had a loving and supportive family to help her through this heart-breaking time. Even with that, she often felt alone in her circumstances. So she scheduled an appointment at WISH Medical to talk about it, and hopefully receive information about her options and some referrals for help in dealing with the enormity of her situation. After considering adoption for a time, Sarah returned to us for parenting classes before giving birth to her son. Since then, Sarah has returned time and time again with her adorable little boy to take classes and utilize our resources to help her be the best mom she can be. She has embraced motherhood wholeheartedly and continues to remind us of how courage truly is found in unlikely places. If you or a friend ever need someone to talk with, please contact us. We’re here so you can have a safe place to share your story.

*Name changed for confidentiality