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We’re telling our stories, sharing our experiences, taking this issue out of the shadows. Read about young women’s experiences, tell us what you think, and tell your story too.

Stories from Real Women

“Janey’s” Story
Every time I would confront him about his lies and unfaithfulness, he would force himself on me sexually. He always refused to wear a condom and would act offended when I suggested he use one.
Jessica’s Story
He threatened me when I asked to use birth control, and always refused to use condoms after we became exclusive. When we decided to continue the pregnancy and marry, the overt abuse started within days of our wedding.
“Zhuo’s” Story
Around the time I was conceived, my mother finally worked up the courage to leave. She told my father she wanted a divorce. My father, who prescribed all her medication, withheld her contraception and raped her, thinking that another child would turn her around.
Carollee’s Story
Carollee started dating a 32-year-old man when she was 19. She noticed that whole rows of pills would disappear. When Carollee called her boyfriend on the disappearing birth control, he responded that he “knew” she wanted to have his child.
“Sandi’s” Story
Chris deliberately sabotaged the condoms ­pretending that they’d slipped or broken, when in fact he would purposely remove the condom before ejaculating.
“Libby’s” Story
‘What’s the big deal?’ “Libby’s” boyfriend once retorted after raping her. ‘It’s not like you couldn’t get your hands on the morning after pill if you actually cared.’
Erika’s Story
After several months of having sex against her will­ using only condoms she decided to go on hormonal birth control. Her boyfriend adamantly opposed the decision. He said the pill made women want to have sex all the time, and that I’d start to cheat on him…
Kylie’s Story
For the next four years, I stayed with my ex for the sake of the baby, suffering the most horrific kinds of abuse, ­physical and emotional. His “reason” for abusing me? Because I “trapped” him through pregnancy.

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