Rape is a tragedy no person should have to endure. And when the sexual assault results in conceiving a child overwhelming emotion arise out of difficult decisions that must be made. Sadly, even famous people are vulnerable to this type of adversity. The following celebrities were either a product of rape, or conceived a child out of rape.
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1. Eartha Kitt – Eartha Kitt was conceived by rape. The singer was born in 1927 on a cotton plantation in South Carolina and raised by a woman called Anna Mae, who she believed was her mother, but later found out that her father was the white son of the plantation owner. Her mother married and her new husband shunned Kitt due to her pale complexion so she spent her childhood living with a different family.
2. Zahara Jolie-Pitt – Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s adopted daughter Zahara was conceived by rape. Zahara’s birth mother, Mentwabe Dawit, told Reuter’s about her horrifying experience. As she walked home in the darkness a man approached. “He pulled a dagger, put one hand on my mouth, so that I could not scream. He then raped me and disappeared.” She was 24 at the time and decided to keep the assault a secret, fearing the consequences in her town. At six-months-old Zahara was adopted by Jolie from an orphanage in Ethiopia in 2005, then later Pitt followed in the adoption process.
3. Jesse Jackson – Jesse Jackson was conceived out of statutory rape. The civil rights activist was born in South Carolina to Helen Burns, a 16-year-old high school student, and her 33-year-old married neighbor and father, Noah Robinson, a former pro boxer and prominent figure in the black community. She was pressured to abort but decided to keep her baby. A year after her son’s birth, Burns married Charles Henry Jackson, a post office maintenance worker who adopted Jackson.
Related: Celebrities Who’ve Had Abortions
4. Layne Beachley – Seven-time World Champion Surfer, Layne Beachley’s mother, Maggie Gardner, was 17 and newly arrived in Sydney from Scotland in 1971 when she was date-raped after accepting a dinner invitation. Gardner became pregnant with Beachley, who was adopted by a North Balgowlah couple and grew up on Manly Beach in Australia. In 1999, Beachley announced she had found her birth mother.
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5. Kelly Wright – Former Fox & Friends weekend co-anchor Kelly Wright spoke about his mother’s decision to give birth to him despite having conceived him in rape. In his book, America’s Hope in Troubled Times, Wright describes how his mother was sexually assaulted when she was 16-years-old, and how he was the result of that rape. He said that growing up his mother always told him that although he was conceived the way that he was God had a purpose for his life.
Related: Celebrities Whose Parents Decided Against Aborting Them
6. Faith Daniels – TV personality, Faith Daniels, talked about her conception in 1993 while moderating a panel about women who become pregnant as a result of rape. She said her birth mother, then an unwed 17-year-old, had become pregnant with Daniels after being beat-up and raped by a man she had been dating. Daniels was later adopted from a Catholic orphanage at 8 months by a loving family. “It really doesn’t matter how you were conceived, only what you’ve become,” Daniels’ once said.
7. Nell Carter – At the age of 16, Nell Carter was raped at gunpoint and became pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter, Tracey. In her memoir the late Gimme A Break star opened up about her life. “I’ve always told people that she was the product of an early marriage, but that was a lie my brother helped me concoct as protection from even more pain. I tried raising Tracey by myself, but it was too hard for me. My sister Willie brought her up. She was 12 years older than me, married, had children and a real home. Tracey came in as the baby of the family.”
9. Ethel Waters – Actress and singer, Ethel Waters was born on October 31, 1896, as a result of the rape of her teenaged mother, Louise Anderson, by John Waters, a pianist and family acquaintance. Anderson was believed to be only 13 years old at the time of the attack. Waters was raised in poverty and never lived in the same place for more than 15 months.
Waters said of her difficult upbringing, “I never was a child. I never was cuddled, or liked, or understood by my family.” The Emmy and Oscar nominee married at the young age of 13, but soon left her abusive husband.
Related: Celebrity Moms Who Married as Teenagers
10. Kayla Braxton – WWE anchor, Kayla Braxton, revealed on Twitter that she was a product of rape. “My mother was raped by a stranger – to this day, neither of us have any clue who my birth dad is. She chose to have me – clearly – but she did so because she CHOSE to. Not because a law told her she HAD to. It should always be our choice.”
11. Valerie Gatto – When Miss Pennsylvania 2014, Valerie Gatto, was 10 years old she found out that she had been conceived by rape. Gatto’s mother was 19-years-old when she was raped at knifepoint. When Gatto was in the third grade her mother told her, “Something bad happened to me. A very bad man hurt me, but God gave me you.” Today, Gatto is an advocate for sexual assault awareness, traveling the country to talk to women about how to protect themselves against violence and sexual aggression. When on The Today Show she said, “I believe God put me here for a reason: to inspire people, to encourage them, to give them hope that everything is possible and you can’t let your circumstances define your life.”
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I didn’t know any of this, you always have the most interesting articles! I love getting my celebrity fix here 🙂
Darlene Marcos says
My son at the fine age of 18 wants to know my thought on pro life. I think I will just send him to this web site…Thank you so very much.
Alice E says
Perhaps you should let him explore pro-choice, and giving the women the power to choose what they wish to do with their bodies.
Laura Frederick says
Your body, your choice?What about the young women (babies) who are aborted? Do they get a choice on whether or not they get to be killed…??
I would never choose abortion for myself.,
But I totally respect a woman’s right to choose.
Yes. Your body, your choice means that women don’t have to endure the suffering of a rape pregnancy. It’s not killing if it’s not been born yet, like when pregnant for just a few weeks it’s not a baby yet.
It’s not a viable life yet. You obviously place more value on a ball of cells than an actual human life, that of the woman. You’re not “pro life” you’re “pro birth.”
Quite frankly, today there are very few people that are viable outside the womb. So, park that argumen.
Zechariah chavez says
Ur killing a live child a child of god a potential child to change the world u have a kid and u don’t want it don’t kill it at least put it in a group home
When someone gets killed by a gun do they get asked if it’s okay to get shot and killed ?
It becomes a live child at conception not when it takes its first breath. The same concept would be like if someone went into a coma for 9 months. who knows whats gonna happy to the person, is it okay to pull the plug? no it’s not we don’t get to choose who lives or dies and if we do that’s called murder thank you.
War on Women. When abortion is for gender selection it’s most commonly in favor of a boy. It’s beyond shame that women are induced to kill their girl babies.
How many of these children have you personally adopted and what is the ethnic background
Anna Anderson says
Walk in the shoes of a victim of rape, children trafficking and child marriage and then tell us NEVER!
Ruth C Bulot says
It is not the Mother’s body that they are cutting up in pieces. She wouldn’t let them cut her body in pieces. The baby is a whole separate body.
“What about the women and girls who are being abor” love how you men only care about women when it comes to being aborted but not when you’re busy raping them. It’s not their bodies if they’re using ours. Then you men can come collect them or pay 2x child support if you think they’re more worthy than women who have to sacrifice 10 years for a scummy rape kid
No, p ro life is just fine. A woman can do what she wants with her body until it comes to someone else’s body.
Tanya Smith says
Once a woman gets pregnant her body DOES NOT only belong to her any MORE…PERIOD. After pregnancy it magically becomes only hers again.
Unborn babies have a different set of DNA to their mothers. Everyone agrees in an individual’s right to life and that no one has the right to kill someone else.
BJ MOORE says
It’s only 9 months they should get over it and give that life to someone else rather that murder.
Nancy L Kilgore says
I gave birth to 3 daughters and 1 son. My son’s chromosomes from the moment of conception were X-Y. Mine have always been Y-Y. He, and every child who is given the miracle of being conceived is n.e.v.e.r. a part of their mother’s body. Through her womb, a woman feeds, keeps warm and protects her unborn children.
From the moment you were conceived you were your own person, complete! Mothers add nothing but the nourishment and protection of her body. I pray that you will think hard about these facts.
Every person who is pro-abortion has already been born. No matter the circumstances of conception or birth, every child has the capacity to rise above their circumstances and create a beautiful, vibrant life that will add infinite value to all around them. Check out this website about the 10 celebrities who were conceived by rape or bore a child out of rape! Open your eyes! Plus, I am a self-employed woman and every small business I know of is looking for people to hire! The labor market is incredibly tight! It is because our nation has aborted 60,000,000 since 1973! This fact is going to come crashing down on us. We all must work to stop this great evil.
If you are a woman, then you have X-X chromosomes… boys only have Y……
Wrong females have XX and males have XY and some have XXY or variations of what is labeled abnormal but is really different part of the Creator creation a beautiful human
WESLEY CRAIG says
Really? So the baby gets nothing from the mother. No looks, no eye color, no nothing?
Jasira LeMaitre says
But it doesn’t matter if their body is not my body. Your body is currently inside of mine‘s meaning I have control of what happens to what happens to you.
the mother themselves can control what happens to the baby meaning they have control if it comes out healthy, unhealthy, mental issues, deformed,. The fate of the unborn child is all up to the mother and there’s nothing you can do about it. No one should have to suffer a pain to give a child their life if they don’t want to. You do know that pregnant women should, but they don’t have to take care and nourish the unborn child especially if it was conceived from rape if they don’t want to.
And perhaps these messages of life, affirmation, and hope through God’s grace to these people is the best message for her son.
Do you mean dispose of others bodies? Life gives everyone challenges, taking the life of another is a horrible option.
Candice blanton says
If Ithey used there power and made good decisions there would no need for abortion. That’s what this article is for. Rape doesn’t automatically equal death to the baby who didn’t cause it.
No sense in raising a murderer!
No sense in raising a murderer?! The one who is dead is the innocent baby. Why should the baby pay the ultimate price for someone else’s crime?
Coyne Steven says
And what about the *baby’s* body?
Did you ever notice? EVERYONE who is pro “choice” has already been born?
Massachusetts Christian says
We all have the right to chose. God gave us free will. It’s what’s we do with our choices. I’m praying women will chose to keep their babies and not have them murdered.
Pat Boisclair says
What, murder or life. Planned Parenthood does not help women, It lies to them. Ask former employees.l
When with child you no longer have complete control over your body. You have a living soul inside of you who is completely innocent of the horrid act – so as hard as it is, bear the pain and let someone else love and raise the innocent one. That way you will never live in gilt of murder and will you have given the awesome gift of life to a child. A double blessing.
Mind your own business
Paul Eshelman says
Both Satan and Hitler would approve.
Pro life is better than promoting killing of the unborn!Ever watch an abortion video? You pro choice people would change your minds
Michael Turner says
It’s not their bodies . It’s a life placed there by GOD.
Sherryl Brogden says
The point of this is that EVERYONE is born for a specific purpose. God creates every soul for a reason. When you abort that life, you also abort that purpose. What if you developed some disease, and the person who was meant to discover a cure for that disease, but because of the abortion done THAT YOU SUPPORT, you died of that disease.
See, when you PERSONALIZE the result of an abortion, it makes it a little more clear how wrong it is.
Jacqueline. R. Bunn says
I found out I was born a rape child, I am 54 and have had a horrendous life. From child sexual abuse and through adulthood mental and physical abuse. People don’t know how I can still be sane. I survived a hangman’s fracture and many trauma’s. I want to write an autobiography of my life
Would you rather have not been born at all? Are you happy to be alive?
Joyce Melotz says
That has to be one of the dumbest questions I’ve ever read. This poor person has been through hell and back and that’s all you can say? Well would you rather be dead! Im dure they’ve probably thought about that a time or two. And I would bet you they y would say yes! I am NOT pro abortion and I am NOT pro choice. Although I have to admit I think I saw one argument that I would agree with. It’s a very tough decision for 99% of those who have abortions. People have to answer to their maker. One thing I have never understood and I don’t care how many times you want to explain it, I find it an oxymoron if someone murders a child in utero if the woman is injured by being shot or car accident etc and she’s pregnant and the baby dies. Yet she can have that child ripped right out of her and it’s called a choice. Abortion is so much more painful. Babies arms and legs coming off. You know what they do if a baby is born alive? They snip the spinal cord at the back
Of the babies neck. Whoever made up these as one rules that it’s not a baby in utero is dumber than a box a of rocks.
Alma Flowers says
I think it would be a good thing for you to write the story of your life just use different names . That book could be the beginning of your healing and who knows you might get it published.
Massachusetts Christian says
You have to turn to Jesus like Joyce Meyer did.. If you do, you’ll be happy in the next, eternal life. https://www.christianpost.com/news/joyce-meyer-father-raped-her-200-times-sexually-assaulted-other-girls.html
I applaud these birth women for their strength and bravery to persevere and the mentors that listened to them during their most arduous challenges. I agree with every decision they made after the births of the children without any thoughts of condemnation. I had friends that had a similar situation with one of their children. The boy was 12 years old, at the time, when he was told he immediately ran away to his friend’s family home and settled there until he moved to Utah to start his own business. His three younger brothers eventually moved in with him and helped him with his business.
Rianna, Bohemian Wanderlust says
Wow, it’s unbelievable able the amount of people that are known to be born from rape, such an awful thing, but I am glad it didn’t prevent any of these women from going after their dreams!
By this late date in the history of the world everyone is descended from people born from raped mothers, raped women and…rapists.
If the children of rapists should be killed then all of us should be killed.
I never knew of any of these.
And I seriously doubt her latest story anyway. Carter already floated one lie (about being married), so its not a big stretch to believe she simply swapped one lie for another. The most logical explanation: she engaged in premarital sex without using protection. Had she gotten pregnant after 1970, she would’ve simply done what millions of her brethren do every single day: gone to the nearest abortion clinic. But because it happened before Roe v Wade, she had to make up some excuse in order not to appear promiscuous, impulsive, or just plain stupid.
I don’t believe in abortion either, but if someone else ends their pregnancy, its not MY problem. It’s between the woman, the abortion doctor, and God Almighty. If millions of black women insist upon stupidly using abortion as a regular form of birth control, that’s on THEM. I’M not going to be held accountable for the collective behavior of an underclass with low impulse control, nor am I going to pay more taxes to support their offspring. If the nation ever decides to go back and make abortion illegal again, they’d have to pass a companion legislation that cuts welfare benefits to chronically-pregnant, single, low-skilled females, because the competent middle and upper classes are FED UP with them. As it is now, we’re already paying the low end of the IQ bell curve to keep making more babies they can’t afford, when our country SHOULD be offering incentives to the high end of the IQ curve to have more kids. The dumbing down of America CAN be reversed, but we have to act quickly. Its simple math, and China and Russia have already figured it out.
You are really an evil being, Devaluing human lives, and the sad part is that you think that you’re better than those less fortunate than yourself. But for the grace of God you could be in their same position! Really, who do you think you are? I see total narcissism!
Gabrielle Yoder says
Wow. Heil Hitler indeed! This is like point-by-point Margaret Sanger stuff.
Yeah you know it is kind of frustrating to have people be dependent on welfare when they don’t need it or shouldn’t need it but you also can’t blame the children either. And the kind of stuff you’re talking about led to widespread genocide several decades ago.
Candice blanton says
It’s not my problem is why abortion is still legal. Nobody has any respect for life anymore.
By this late date in the history of the world everyone is descended from people born from raped mothers, raped women and…rapists.
If the children of rapists should be killed then all of us should be killed.
Kill all unwanted people?
That would be making yourself out as being equal to God…
So racist. More whites are on welfare than blacks.
You’re ignorant, self-righteous, and I bet you call yourself a Christian.
The worst part is that the collective negativity surrounding the black community is a direct product of white supremacy and systematic discrimination. And whites then have the gall to complain about the side effects of damage they’ve inflicted on others who for centuries did not have the means to “do better.”
And now when any black woman proves herself to be exceptional she gets no credit and is accused of receiving a handout or just affirmative action. And she’s vilified beyond any white woman for the same behavior.
If it takes insulting an entire race of women to make yourself feel worthwhile then you must have a pathetic existence.
Crawl back into your cave and stay there. You’re an insult to humanity.
Barbara Sands says
You are one inately racist, ignorant, ill-informed, privileged scumbag of a cracker! Black people are very intelligent and highly evolved people. The Obama’s are a prime example. White women have just as many abortions as black women, probably even more. Go back to the plantation where your wicked forefathers maliciously raped black women and black men forcing black women to screw them and consequently conceive as a sad result. Now take that and paint it red you ##tch!!!!!!!!!
Traveling Cats says
How sad. I didn’t know this.
Why is this sad? These people are the way God can turn something bad into something good! Life is always a gift from God, regardless of the way it was conceived!
You may think, Well, you was unwanted Or an unplanned pregnancy. I beg to
beg to differ ,
There’s no such thing as a mistake when it comes child birth
You Were Not an Accident
God knew you before you were even born. What an amazing thought! He saw your unformed substance and said, I have a
purpose for your lyfe.
Thank you I have thought this at times
I was conceived from rape of my mother by my father I never talk about as the shock of being told this at 18 years old has left me feeling guilty
It is a shock and because of what society thinks we are dumped with the shame and the rapist goes free.
You were not a mistake. God placed us…me too…in our mothers womb after she was raped as a blessing to her. New life that literally helps mom’s heal. It’s society that does so much harm to mom’s and children.
You are not alone. Please contact me on fb and I’ll introduce you to hundreds of others. Juda Myers
Ck out choices4life org
Thank you for sharing. I was told at 36 and i feel horrible like I ruined my mother life. She’s a single mother never married just her and I. I think of how much better her life might have been. I’ve begun work to heal myself. I look forward to the day I can accept I was a blessing to her.
How can you go on? I do not feel that I can go on?
Do not allow society to determine your worth. You are worth so much more than their opinion. Please contact me and I’ll tell you about our peers who are doing great things in this world. From Purple heart recipient to a 13 yr old certified genius we are NOT what society thinks. I know a dr, a chemist, a mayor, humanitarian, and so many other amazing people conceived after rape.
http://www.choices4life dot org
Coyne Steven says
Does it help knowing that something wonderful came from your mothers horrific experience? You’re a blessing.
Andrew Nielsen says
It’s sad because someone suffered.
Rosemond Cates says
Wow! This is terrible, but beautiful how God made all these lives matter.
If God had any thing to do with it she would not have been raped in the 1st place. Americans Need to get over this fairy tale they’ve been relying on for centuries.
Darlene Marcos says
Believing that no harm will ever come to us or other is a fairytale Derick, This side of heaven, is a world God gave us (one with free choice), to sin or not to sin to cause pain to others or to bless them. To believe or not to believe …They are all choices to believe any different is unreal. We serve a God that can make beauty of a tragedy, who can heal the broken hearted.. Bring hope to the hopeless and give us the strength to love the unwanted.. I fought the concept of God and was angry at the thought of his mere existence at one time in my life, that was when I challenge him to show me his power of love… maybe you are at that cross roads. He hears you!
Beautifully put Darlene!
Keep spreading the spirit Darlene, God created us and he made this people exist and gave them glory of talents! Victory isn’t always pretty but in the end, oh how great God can do wonders!
And with all that you just said it still wasn’t g-d that decided to have these children it was women of strength and character that did.
These stories are wonderful, but my story isn’t here and others like me as well. I was conceived in rape and my mother and her family ostracized me and abused me every chance they got.
There are few fairytales among these stories and there are nightmares as well. Keep that in mind when taking of this side of heaven.
I’m so sorry you were abused and treated as if you had any control over what happened. You were a child and didn’t deserve the abuse from your own mother. You did nothing wrong and were treated horribly by people who did not have God in their lives. I’m so sorry your story is a nightmare and not one of the few that appear to have a fairy tale ending. The truth is that even those ten celebrities didn’t have perfect fairy tale lives. There was still immense pain, sufferingand healing that had to take place. It is true that these women were the ones who had the strength and character to decide to not only keep their ba bies but were also loving
Most of them credited God for it. These women leaned on God during the most painful experiences of their lives and found strength and courage to do what was right, however difficult it surely was. I pray you find peace and healing. I pray you can turn your experience into something positive for someone else. Someday you can be a light for someone who is hurting on a way only you can understand.
Yes, beautifully put. God can turn what was intended for evil, in to good. He can redeem what was once ashes.
Preach, Darlene!!!!! Well stated. May God continue to you love and how magnificent He is!!!!
Tanya Smith says
Spread that message EVERY WHERE, Darlene. ❤❤
Paul Schreiber says
Derick, It isn’t important whether or not God exists, but whether one believes that God exists.
Elle Jaeson says
Paul, put it another way and see if it makes sense: “it isn’t important whether or not laws exist, but whether one believes that laws exist.”
HMMMMM …So if someone doesn’t believe a law exists, even if it does exist, and breaks it (i.e., murders someone, attacks someone, burglarizes another) and if he or she doesn’t believe the law exists, then POOF…not guilty!?!?!?! Are they really able to say that and get out of the consequences?
I am a rape survivor and as painful as it was my son grow up in a loving family that wanted a child that they could
God blessed them with the gift of my son.
God had nothing to do with the sin of man. We all have free will.
God always takes away the ugliness of sin and makes something
beautiful out of it. He blessed me for my sacrifice.
With my adult son back in my life. ( I have no other children, I so much wanted.)
gives the world a very important gift …A Life!
And Life is
❤️ and Love is Life
And God is
❤️ God heals all wounds
Dolores Faubert says
Praise God for a wise mother , God makes no mistakes, he corrects the errors of a wrong done into good.
Alice E says
Definetely agree with you
Tori Woodruff says
This is a whole load of b.s. I’m 16 and pregnet with a child that I cosived throw rape. It wasn’t God that got me threw this. It was me, myself, and I. My mother also was rapped and had my sister at the age of 20. After already have me and my brother. God has nothing to do with this. And never will. The strong will pull threw. But the weak will fall. That’s all that’s to it.
Rev. Lorenzo Elliott Sr says
You are right about 1 thing….God had nothing to do with the rape itself because it was an evil act of aggression against one of His creatures by another. The punishment is NEVER forgotten by Him! However, since He decreed the way His creation procreate, acts of rape can result in pregnancy, of which He stands by! Your response is one of atheistic ignorance. May God continue to bless those women that choose to keep their children regardless of how they were conceived!
No child has ever picked their parents!
Not true. God let’s you and I and everyone do as they wish. But only our Creator can create life. He alone places babies in wombs.
I know that babies are healing to mom’s. I’ve seen hundreds including my own mother.
Rape is horrible babies are precious. No rapist can do that and if they could every barren woman wanting a baby would be knocking at their door
Derrick, if it’s a fairy tale to believe that a Creator God made the universe and allowed us the freedom to either choose Him or reject Him, then it is even more of a fairy tale to believe that life can come from non-life.
DNA is information. What’s more is that it’s incredibly uniquely coded information- like each person has their own “signature,” encoded in every single cell of their bodies via 3 feet of DNA information that is crammed into every cell.
Information and language requires that an intelligent being cane up with language and the way to read the language. You can’t get that information or the language to decode the information ex nihilo on it’s own. Yet, that’s exactly the miracle you believe happened as an atheist.
And, you believe this miracle happened zillions of times to get life from non-life. And, further, you have to believe these zillions of miracles all happened in JUST such a way so that life could actually have fully functioning cellular parts all in place just perfectly (because, step-by-step gradual evolution would always result in a dead organism).
So, don’t tell me you don’t believe in miracles. You only have a problem with believing in the miracle if you’re told it was Jehovah-God that did it. I don’t have a blind faith- the Bible tells me that God did it, and observational science supports that claim as we study and better understand DNA, information, and languages.
You’re the one with the blind faith given you can’t explain why the universe “chooses” to exist and has defied its own laws in creating life from non-life (yes, I’ve read Dawkins’ stuff, too). You have to believe a miracle happened at least once!
Andrew Nielsen says
God is all loving and all powerful, right? Well, he could have made people have free will AND not sin AND not be robots. God is not loving or not all powerful. Cannot be both, or there would not be such suffering.
virginia knox says
True. GOD YHWH admits HE created vessels of wrath. There’s a time for love & a time for hate. GOD YHWH made it that way. Praise GOD YHWH
Angie Scheie says
Wow! Can’t even imagine a world without Eartha Kitt’s music. Great post.
Very interesting! It is amazing what these celebrities and families accomplished in their lives. Rape is horrible but this really attest to the fact that every life matters. Great blog:)
karyl henry says
Wow, I had NO idea about any of these. I can honestly say I don’t know what I would do if I became pregnant because of rape. I love what Valerie Gotto’s mom told her, and it’s so true. But then at the same time, every single day is a reminder of the pain and violence and tragedy. I can’t even imagine having to make that decision.
I know a woman who was raped and as a result became pregnant. She kept the baby. She received a lot of negative comments etc. Everytime she was feeling down or reliving the abuse, flashbacks etc. Her mother would place her beautiful baby in her arms. She would look on that baby with pure love and joy. The baby actually helped her heal from this horrible thing that was done to her. Sometimes, abortion in cases of rape can just add to the trauma of rape. And abortion, also protects rapists and pedophiles. A child conceived in rape is no different then a child conceived in love. ❤️
Sooo true. I know lots that were healed including my own mother who was hang raped. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you for sharing this. I didn’t know about any of these. It is incredible how many Stars come from such hard lives and push through and make something great out of themselves!
Allison (funfamily.vacations) says
Wow. I did not know this. I am sure they are all thankful for the life they have now. Tough subject. Thanks for sharing.
Ronda Ogilvie says
wow…this is just heartbreaking! What an incredibly tough thing to live through!
I wasn’t sure what to think of the title, but it turned out to be a very interesting article. What a bunch of courageous people!
I didn’t know any of these. Very sad but look at the lives they have become.
So sad for all of these mothers.. but so wonderful that they were able to overcome their own grief for their children. Amazing mommas!
Kim Seghers says
What an interesting article. You always have the best stuff to read. I had a friend that was born to a mother that was raped. She always wondered about her nationality and what her father looked like. Her mother raised her, but she always felt her mother didn’t love her the same as her other siblings. Thank you for sharing these incredible stories.
Rape is tragic and inexcusable, however these people are testament to the fact that they can rise above their horrific beginnings.
It must be such a shock to find that out – very sad
This was an interesting read. Especially the Eartha Kitt and Zahara story.
Hope Dunn says
I didn’t realize any of these women were raped or products of rape. It’s a good look into the greater purpose though-light and goodness and come from the dark. Thank you for sharing!
Wow! Crazy!. That is some heavy information to absorb for a person to be told that about themselves.
This is a very interesting post. It breaks my heart that any person has to go through rape or be the result of rape.
Wow, a very interesting topic. You took a taboo topic and turned into an informative one.
Juda Myers says
Thank you for sharing this.
I founded an organization specifically to help females pregnant after rape or raising those children. It’s sad that all the women I’ve spoken to have been abused for loving their rape conceived child. I’ve talked with hundreds of people with a rape conception story. They share their story because I was conceived when 8 men raped my mom. No one believed her and she had to fight for my life. Her mother wanted me dead even in 1956. I was born on Valentine’s Day 1957 and placed for adoption to keep me safe. I found my mother 48 years later holding a picture of me at 3 months when I was adopted. Not a reminder of the rape but a reminder of what God did after the rape.
Lots of written and video testimonies at http://choices4life.org
We prefer being referred to as conceived in rape as opposed to “products.” Products are disposable and it continues the disconnect with our humanity. No one is called a product of wine and roses or the back seat of a car! Just sayin Thanks for sharing these pictures to help people CONNECT with our humanity. Most of the people I personally have known conceived in rape love God so very much. I had no idea before I started speaking out. It’s not what the world thinks. We are not demons but ministers, doctors, firefighters, humanitarians, teachers, professors, worship leaders, nurses and more. I know 8 ministers!
Most people are afraid to speak about it because of the rejection by society. But we are human and didn’t choose our conception either. No one should be punished for the crime of anyone else. Unborn babies are no different. And our mothers do love us. The world needs to know that.
Thanks for the warm comforting words. Bless u.
Dana Tate says
This was a shocking read. I had no idea these celebrities were products of rape. It just goes to show that there is a divine plan for all of our lives, and we are not defined by our circumstances but refined because of them.
I recently discovered i was also conceived by rape .my birth mother was 13 at the time. It is a very horrible thing to find out about how you came into the world and that that person is a part of your genetic make up.
That would be very difficult to hear. A child conceived in rape is no different then a child conceived in love. A child conceived in rape is innocent. To continue to punish an innocent child for the sins of the father, is outrageous. Very child is a blessing and gift from God. I hope that you can be a light and a blessing to others that have a similar story as yours.
I am the product of rape.
My mother was 19, raised in a VERY Christian home, but when my sperm donor met my mother and her best friend…Their lives changed drastically.
It was my mom’s friends birthday party in 1981. A party was planned for weeks. A select few was invited to the private birthday party they had planned. See, my parents had never met before…At least my mother didn’t know or even heard of my sperm donor.
So, throughout the evening, my mom’s friend noticed the sperm donor lingering and watching my mom, all night this happened, my mom didn’t notice him nor believe the friend when she said he was watching her. My mom paid no mind and enjoyed her friends company.
It was late, my mother and her friend went upstairs to get away from all the drunk shenanigans. (As they were not drinking) They were up there for a while, birthday girl was exhausted and ended up drifting to sleep.
Finally, my mom laid down to do the same. She said she had just drifted off when she was chaotically awoken to Sperm Donor throwing himself on her as he covered her mouth and violated her! All the while her friend lay 10 to 12 feet away; wide eyed, frozen in fear and seeing/hearing everything he did to her…And unable to help my mom.
(They later learned that my Sperm Donor was a serious drug user, was affiliated with some bad people and had/has no conscious about violence towards women)
After he was done, Mom and friend held each other the rest of the night after barracading themselves in the room.
Morning came, my mom called her sister for a ride home. She didn’t say anything at first, did some investigating on who he was, learned as much as she could, keeping notes on her discoveries and weeks later made a doctor appointment in case she was given an STD.
That’s when she learned she was pregnant. Told her family, started making arrangements for my arrival, even told the sperm donor and had him sign over his parental rights after I was born.
And you know what??
She never once thought about aborting me. Never. She knew I was going to be her salvation from out of a horrible event. She loved me from the moment the doc said she was expecting.
I’ve known about how I came to be since I was 8. I knew my Dad wasn’t my biological dad but he loved me like his own. She was always honest and upfront with me. Always made me feel so loved and cherished. She saved my life by saving hers.
I was not abused, treated differently than my siblings or cast away.
Should I have been aborted? Hell no.
I am an active & contributing member of society. I am college educated, mother of 1 and my mother’s daughter.
I am a gift…NOT a painful reminder to her and how dare those say differently.
Unless it happens to you, your opinion is unimportant.
Unless you grow up knowing you were different but never treated differently, then your comments are null and void.
Thank you for reading my story.
What a beautiful redeeming story. Thank you for sharing. You are not alone. Most of the rape conceived people I know including myself are contributing to society in wonderful ways
We ate not rapists and criminals the way it’s imagined by society.
I wish everyone conceived in rape and our mothers would be bold and share stories. Maybe one day the prejudice against us will end.
God bless you.
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Cerissa, Thank you for sharing your story, It confirms what I believe: that God makes good come out of what evil people do. I pray that whoever reads your story will ask God to reveal to them how real he is.. There are too many people who are lost. I pray also that God continues to bless you. and your family.
Tina says says
I was 18 when I was raped by my best friend’s brother. My brother’s and I were best friends with the whole family since I had been 10 . So when he offered to give me a ride home one night when he saw me walking by myself I thought nothing of it. In fact here he is telling me that I shouldn’t be out walking home by myself in the dark because it could be dangerous. Turned out to be that he was the one I should have stayed away from, but , and I never told him that my son was his, but my son is a gift from God. I believe that. I believe that God gave me my wonderful son to make up for what I had to endure. When a person is raped a part of them is killed. And that’s how I felt til I found out that I was pregnant. Then I just felt a whole different way. I know not many women can feel this way about a baby that is the result of rape, but I wouldn’t go back and change my mind about keeping him for all the money in the world. And , do you wanna know what he says to me on mother’s day and on his birthday day? He always, since he was about 14 or 15 has said thank you mom. For keeping me. I know that you could have done something else like other girls in your place but you didn’t. I cry every time he says that and ask him not to say that but he still does at the age of 33. He’s a wonderful son. So, if anyone wants a great reason for pro-life I’ve just given you one. Even if you can’t keep the child, someone else would love it for sure. Being a child of rape doesn’t make the child evil or anything bad for God sake . This to the person who to the mom instead of pro-life, pro-life . Because my body my choice????? No, That’s messed up.. You The baby didn’t do anything to deserve being ripped out and killed. You pro-life people use abortion even as a form of birth control. Murder is murder. Plain and simple.
You are awesome. Thank you for boldly sharing your story. You are a hero mom as I call my mom.
God bless you. You are not alone.
If you want to connect email me at juda at choices4life dot org.
Lorrie S. Nelson says
I am the result of a rape. I am pro-choice and pro-euthanasia. I wish my mother had terminated her pregnancy. The option wasn’t available to her in Canada in 1965. Instead of ruining one life, she had more children and more lives were ruined, born into poverty, alcoholism and violence. At least 7 lives were ruined and have cost taxpayers a fortune over the years via jail, prison, drugs, theft, violence and the list goes on and on.
Leslee Presley says
It is WRoNG to publish the private details of Zahara’s circumstances. That is something she should have been allowed to share (if she chose to) when she grew
This is adament advice given to adoptive parents in the US. Zahara’s birth mother may not be sensitive to this issue. But the website should take her name down so she does not have to go through life with no control over who knows this private aspect of her history. She is a CHILD, not a celebrity.
Enough with the sappy “god” mumbo- jumbo. I’m reminded every day that I don’t belong here and I have a rapist’s blood running through my veins. My adoptive parents never told me, it was only in an attempt to chase off an evil girlfriend that I found out. My mom took her out and told her to which she was disgusted and later told me in a very abrupt condescending fashion. I asked my mom about it and she did the same sappy crap focusing on me not being any less of a person… and I never heard more b/c my mom died in an accident before I could ask her. My dad just died this year and now I am alone and know nothing regarding my origins. I also, this will sound crazy but… i also have suspicions that the local university hospitals and clinics systematically attempted to sterilize me and alter the development of my sexual organs through “chemical” and “physical” castration, there by stopping me from potentially committing rape due to hyper sexuality or perversion as well as insuring that i physically could not preduce a heathy normal amount of sperm and semen.
It’s ironic that idiots like you bible thumpers are at once the executioners and the pardoners, using “God’s” will as an explanation of both.
Now All I can use my c–k for is f—–g stupid the butt ugly faces of you half wits and letting you l–k up my useless j-z. Where’s “god” in all of that, w—–?
to the Kelly Wright of FOX NEWS. CBS anchor Otis Livingston that i met told he had secret sexual relation with Wright’s wife Livingston also wants to kill Kelly Wright’s wife if she will open her mouth. Kelly Wright’s famely must becareful of Otis livingston is maniac and problem maker!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much for sharing this info. I knew all of these because I literally know hundreds of wonderful people conceived after rape. Drs, military, teachers, 11 pastors, worship leaders, a mayor, amazing contributors to society.
There are more people than the world knows conceived in rape. So many mothers are shamed so horribly for loving their baby conceived in rape that they don’t even admit to being raped. One mom told me she’d rather be known as a who’re than for someone to say she wasn’t raped!
My mother gave birth to me on Valentine’s day 1957. She had been gang raped by 8 men. She told no one until she learned 3 months later that she was pregnant. Her parents pressured her to abort. She refused.
Her Dr said “I can take care of it.”
My mother sharply said “You will NOT take care of ‘it.’ ‘It’ is MY BABY!” Abortion wasn’t even legal back then.
I’m so proud of my mother. And all the mothers that come to me for help for the same reasons.
I have what seems to be the only nonprofit dedicated to only helping females pregnant after rape or raising children conceived in rape. choices4life org
In the past week 43 raped and pregnant girls were rescued off the street in the U.S.
It’s not rare it’s just hidden because of the attitude of society. Some of the females I’ve worked with have been insulted and humiliated by police, parents, teachers and even so called friends.
Mothers can tell the difference between a rapist and her baby. I wished society could.
Steve Lane Owens says
No matter what happens in your life or what is going on in this world.
GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL!
And only He has the wright to choose life are death.
Stunning to see how blissfully IGNORANT some people choose to be. I know I waste my time but I shall try to educate an ignoramus, the only *choice* here in that you *choose* to be an IGNORAMUS! Killing babies is killing babies. It’s not a choice its already a baby and as such they have their own right to life as well do. We all recall in the not too distant past when Jews were considered not human, blacks too. The IGNORAMUS masses of the day also considered killing them a *choice*. But we all know it was the most subhuman act there was, as is abortion. Lets hope you too will be subject to the brutal *choice* of an untermemnsch. Then we can also look away and ignore your pathetic screams. Shame on you and shame on the sick society for allowing you cruel and brutal thugs to have a voice.
Rafael Alvidrez says
I applaud these birth women for their strength and bravery to persevere and the mentors that listened to them during their most arduous challenges. I agree with every decision they made after the births of the children without any thoughts of condemnation. I had friends that had a similar situation with one of their children. The boy was 12 years old at the time, but when he was told he immediately ran away to his friend’s family home and settled there until he moved to Utah to start his own business. His three younger brothers eventually moved in with him and helped him with his business.
S. Van Vliet says
I am the product of a rape in 1956. My mother was babysitting and a boy her friend knew showed up. She was only 15 and had no choice. It was made for her by her parents. I’m so glad! I didn’t find out until I was in my 30’s which is when I found out my mom came back to the county with my half sister and brother and inquired if I had been adopted. She wanted me. She went through unbelievable mental health problems because of this tragedy and then committed suicide in her 40’s – the day before my birth date. That was tough to find out. I don’t care about my father. I care that my mother really did love me. I love that I look just like her and my half sister and brother who I was able to reunite with. My adoptive parents were already deceased when I found my birth family. We have literally lived within 20-40 miles of each other. I didn’t inherit my father’s “bad side” any more than I inherited all the great traits from my birth mother. I was an innocent baby and I am sure there is some of my father in me. I keep thinking if I hadn’t been born, I wouldn’t have my incredible son who is now expecting a son with his wife in June! Whose life would I not have touched and changed their course. I cry at the thought of how excruciating it must be for rape victims to give birth to these innocent little children. Many people and things shape our lives – not just the scum bag sperm donor. Yes, my mother suffered the ultimate end because of her life and trauma and mental health issues but I do know that she also loved me and received comfort.
I would never choose murder myself but but it’s ok for someone else.
R M R says
Why don’t we execute rapists or castrate them, at least? So tired of men harming women.
Bastard Z says
As a rape baby who is not a celebrity and is poor with no help from this society while not adopted by a loving family, I hate you all. God and the church have done nothing for me but accuse me of being born into sin. My mentally disabled mother was gang-raped and can not help but hate me. The alcoholic grandmother who I grew up with was physically and mentally abusive hating me as well. Raised in the church I did everything to earn God’s love praying for the abuse to end. It did not. Police have assaulted me for walking down the street unshaven and the legal system has labeled me a criminal. Thoughts and prayers have done nothing for me. My whole life I have been alone. I do not have friends nor have I ever had friends or anyone who cares for me other than what I can do for them. I have never celebrated my birthday and there is nothing for me to celebrate on holidays. Employers do not pay me and are belligerent no matter how hard I work for them. Fake nuns falsely slander me and almost get me killed while becoming millionaires and making a movie off of my work. I think of mutilating and killing everything and everyone I come across. I truly hate this society that demanded I be born but has chosen not to do anything for me but to make me suffer, go hungry and be homeless. May you all suffer ten thousand times my pain, neglect, and betrayal while others tell you that you are to blame for not believing in God.
It took a lot of guts for these people that are mentioned as celebrities to tell their stories. Not one of these accounts specifically says that they live or lived happily ever after. Everyone bears their cross one way or another, for crimes that they did or did not commit. Just some crosses that seem more heavier than others, I guess. For my part, you will not be condemned nor judged. I respect your privacy, Thank you for telling us your first hand account.
I am about 35 years old.
While being a little girl less than 10 years old I was told that I born from a awful rape. My mom told me when I was a little girls that she was rape by three men or so. She told me that she tried to abort me but did not work out for her. She said that she was about 17 years old and that someone who was in a relationship with her left her.
She then gave me for adoption to her brother, She said I might have been six to seven months old. My uncle stepdad was a womanizer and finally left the home and left me with the stepmom. Although I tried to buried the almost eight years of the emotional and physical abuse of my stepmom towards me, I still remember it. I have inner and outer scars to remain. The stepmom blamed me that my stepdad left her and that I was to pay for it. Then I remember when I was about eight or nine that my mom came to the place where I was living as an stranded child or animal. My mom said I am your mom and I came to take you to live with me. I was full of joy but soon I find out that I had left a painful and sad place to another horrible place.
My mom was mentally ill. She would hurt me so much emotionally and physically. She would not send me to school, nurture me. I member her saying that she really wanted me to be dead. She got away with so much wrong that she did to me for about 7 years. At twenty years of age I married to a painful and hurtful person, had three children and divorced. At round thirty two another man took advantage of me not respecting my wishes and he forced himself on me. I got pregnant with a four child. Although I was so frightened, I embraced my second little girl. I am about thirty five, Trying to educate my self to become I hope a wonderful teacher. Racing my four children as a one parent struggling to provide for me and my four children. I feel as if my life has vanished in front of me. I have tried and still trying to remain positive but I do not know how much longer I can take it or do it.
While being a little girl I used to desire to just be gone to a truly wonderful and peaceful and loving place. I still feel those feelings in my me. The only reason I keep going is that I know that the children need me, But the truth is that my spirit is worn down. Sometimes I believe that it would have been better perhaps for me to not have been born.
I keep hoping that if the Almighty is real that He will help me.
The religious types who are against abortion would fold like a cheap suit if their precious daughter was beaten, raped and impregnated by some low IQ, feral inner city chimp.
My sister in law was raped and conceived a son that was welcomed by everyone in her family. They lived with her parents (my in laws) and were welcomed there for as long as they wanted to. My godson received the sacraments of baptism, communion, and confirmation before my father and mother in law passed on. He is still loved by his many uncles and aunts. My sister in law cared for both her aged parents before they passed on. It’s not how much we give, it’s how much we love in giving…Sister Teresa
A. There’s no such thing as god. He was made up. Stop being so gullible. B. Until you have gone thru life with a mother who never wanted you but had you anyway due to pressure from religious parents who cared more about some pretend god up in the sky than their own flesh and blood, you couldn’t possible know what these children go thru knowing and being told every day that they were never wanted. Are you there to comfort them? I’m not talking about poor black and brown families. I’m talking about children with parents who are doctors and teachers and nurses with every privilege. No one is lined up outside the jails and psych wards waiting to take these kids in and make them feel loved and cared for. Maybe you should picket outside those places for more funding for foster children and better mental health care for children starting when they are young.
My mother was raped by a relative and gave birth to me at the age 15. Extreme measures were employed to abort me that I miraculously survived. My mother has hated me my entire life and blames me for everything that is wrong in her life. She is now in her 70s, and she grows more wicked by the day. I think she sees her rapist when she looks at me. I never had a mother.
Pro Choice says
RAPE has NOTHING to do with Pro Choice.
If a woman NEEDS to terminate a pregnancy … for any reason … it is her choice. NOT YOURS.
And as far as you sanctimonious bible thumping jack as*** whose religion TOLD YOU WHAT TO THINK …
up yours. If a woman is raped – and decides not to bring the pregnancy to term, you opinion is dog s***.
Abortion adds more violent trauma, causes life threatening complications, PTSD, depression, substance abuse, suicide, enables rapists; over 60% involve coercion
Over 70% choose life; most report love of her baby is healing after trauma. Justice isn’t killing innocent baby. Moms deserve support, not more harm https://www.abortionfacts.com/reardon/rape-incest-and-abortion-searching-beyond-the-myths