"When I told my dad I was pregnant the first time and that I wanted to have an abortion,
he told me that it would never happen. He said that I needed to be punished.
He told me I would have the baby and that he would beat me for the next 7 days.
For 7 days, he beat me with his belt. After I moved out, he used to come by my house
and yell at me 'to get ready' as he took out his belt so he could 'punish' me more."
- 17 year old mother of 3 year old with a second pregnancy
"The last time (my father) hit me was when the phone rang at midnight (a few months
ago). He thought it was one of my friends. I was in my bed, and he started to hit me
with the phone until it tore out of the wall. But I didn't have to go to the hospital that time,
so it wasn't reported."
- 16 year old who reported that when she discovered she was pregnant she decided
not to return to her home, school, or job for fear her father would find her and beat her
for the pregnancy.
"My older sister got pregnant when she was 17. I was in the kitchen when she told my mother.
My mother pushed her against the wall, slapped her across the face, and then grabbed her by
the hair, pulled her through the living room out the front door and threw her off the porch. I don't
know where my sister is now. I'm considered the good daughter. But I know what my mother is
- 16 year old living with a single mother
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