Teenage pregnancy is one of the leading causes of suicide in the Central American country of 6 million people. Three out of eight maternal deaths in El Salvador are the result of suicide among pregnant girls under 19, latest government figures show. Many of these girls have not only suffered sexual abuse at the hands of relatives, stepfathers or gang members, but they are also often silenced and prevented from seeking help by the stigma surrounding rape. Pregnancy is a determining factor behind teenage suicides. El Salvador has one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancy in Latin America, with girls aged 10 to 19 accounting for nearly a third of all pregnancies in the country last year. Under Salvadoran law, it is a crime to have sex with a child under the age of 15, but activists say the law is frequently flouted, citing official figures that show 1, girls under 15 became pregnant in El Salvador last year.
Warning: Readers may find details in the story to be distressing. A schoolgirl who was forced by her parents to marry her cousin in Lebanon because she had been raped when she was 14 has been rescued from the ordeal. But when the teenager refused to marry her cousin, her uncle, 40, drugged her with sedatives, raped her and threatened to shoot her. The uncle, who was later jailed for his acts against his niece, said to her: 'If you want nothing to do with my son, you can come into my bed. The young teenager, who cannot be named, was rescued by New South Wales and federal police. Her case was previously investigated as a forced marriage but changed to 'arranged', the Daily Telegraph reported. The girl alleged she was raped by her year-old neighbour after getting into his car in November
A young girl in Paraguay being referred to as 'Mainumby' has given birth by caesarean section. Pregnant after she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, Mainumby is a mother at just 11 years old. Mainumby's mother is reported to be looking after both her own child and her daughter's newborn baby. Mainumby is lucky to be alive. She has not made the choice to become a mother at her age.
Pregnancy is a potential result of rape. It has been studied in the context of war , particularly as a tool for genocide , as well as other unrelated contexts, such as rape by a stranger, statutory rape , incest , and underage pregnancy. The current scientific consensus is that rape is at least as likely to lead to pregnancy as consensual sexual intercourse , with some studies suggesting rape may actually result in higher rates of pregnancy than consensual intercourse. Rape can cause difficulties during and after pregnancy, with potential negative consequences for both the victim and a resulting child.