A 9-year-old Mexican girl by the name of Dafne gave birth to a baby girl in Jalisco, Mexico on January 27th. Dafne gave birth via C-section, and both baby and baby are reported to be healthy. I’ll use the word “baby” here instead of mother, due to the fact that the mother in question is a 9-year-old child. I have an 9-year-old and she is definitely still my baby. If we can get over the idea of little Dafne having to go through the ordeal of childbirth via C-section at age nine, we can now focus on the amount of amazingly offensive information related to this case that is out there.
Most of the headlines related to this story do not mention the word “rape.” Dafne was raped. Dafne is nine years old and incapable of giving consent to a sexual relationship. The boy who raped Dafne and impregnated her is 17 years old and reported to be “on the run” according to local authorities, because he may be facing criminal charges.
From ABC News:
“Due to her young age, we don’t know if she is being entirely truthful,” says Lino Ginzalez Corona, spokesperson at Jalisco State Prosecutor’s Office, who received an account of the relationship from the young mother who describes a loving relationship.
According to Corona, the 17-year-old and Dafne were dating but the young girl is unwilling to release any further information regarding the association between the two.
Corona says the state prosecutor is “still open to the possibility of rape or child sex abuse.”
I’m glad that they are still open to the possibility of rape, because that is exactly what happened here. A 9-year-old child was raped by a 17-year-old and got pregnant from the rape. End of story. I don’t care if the relationship was described as “loving.”
Dafne lived with her parents and ten other siblings in poverty-ridden Ixtlahuacan de los Membrillos, a neighborhood 25 miles south of Guadalajara. Both parents worked long hours so they were unaware their daughter was seeing the man who raped her. Dafne is receiving psychological counseling and medical care and will be monitored closely. Dafne’s mother also approved a subcutaneous birth-control device, which could mean something like Norplant or Depo-Provera.
Everything about this story is awful. Sometimes I wish I could just write articles like that: Girl Aged 9 Gets Raped And Has A Baby Because Of The Rape, It’s Awful. Ta-dah. I look at my own eight-year-old daughter and I can’t imagine her being pregnant or caring for a baby. She is tiny! I don’t even let her carry the cat down the stairs because I’m worried she will drop him. Plus the trauma her little body would receive going through nine months of pregnancy and having a c-section. Plus, you know, the fact she was raped by a 17-year-old.
So many of these articles state in the headline that Dafne “got pregnant” which sounds like it was a conscious decision on her part, like when adult women decide they want to have a baby so they either get pregnant or do everything to try and get pregnant. Little Dafne did not get pregnant by choice. She was raped.