A RAPIST ANTING PARENTAL RIGHTS OF A RAPE BABY

There was a program on NPR radio, and the segment was focused on a guy in prison for rape, who’s fighting for parental rights with the woman he raped.  The victim became pregnant and chose to have the baby.  The victim contacted the rapist after she had the baby and let him know he was a father, over the years she even brung the child up there to visit him.  So the father and daughter began to have and develop a bond, he done 15 years and was about to be released soon.  But the mother of the child still had personal fears, so she really didn’t want the father with parental rights.  The father filed a complaint and suit against the mother for his parental rights.  Now when I first heard this story, I was enraged and against this rapist having paternal rights of this child.  I was in the mindset that he forfeited his parental rights when he raped the mother.  But after I calmed down and had a chance to think I realized I have no right to deny a man the right to love his child or see his daughter.  I don’t know this man, so I don’t know if he got help and received counselling and changed his life.  But the most important thing is he’s still a human being, who’s prone to make mistakes, but as a human being he also has rights just like any other citizen in this country.  We can sit on the sideline all day trying to judge and condemn the next person for their actions, but what we’re not taking into consideration is that it’s a child involved.  This is a child who wants to know her father and wants her father in her life.  If the mother and daughter have forgave him for what he done, then who am I or anyone else to tell this child that she can’t have her father in her life.  I’ve since changed my stance and opinion on the issue, I don’t in no way condone rape or abuse of women, but I realize it’s not my place to have an opinion or make a decision on those people lives and matter.  That’s between those two parents and their child, and they must work things out and figure it out for the better of their child.  But from a moral perspective, that father should have a right to see his child and have parental rights.  But I’m not a judge nor do I have any power or influence over the judicial system.

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