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‘Sickening’: Judge awards rapist uncle visitation of 2 sons conceived by sexual assault, mom says

A woman in Alabama said a judge granted visitation rights to her uncle, who allegedly repeatedly raped her when she was a child and fathered her two sons.

Speaking with WIAT, the woman, who wished to be only identified as Jessica, described years of abuse when her mother’s half-brother allegedly started climbing into bed with her when she was 12 or 13. She reportedly miscarried at age 14.

Jessica reportedly gave birth to her accused rapist’s son at age 16 and, two years later, had a third child who died from a disease common in instances of incest. Her uncle allegedly impregnated her again and she gave birth to her youngest son when she was 19, according to the news station.

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Jessica claimed her family threatened her so she would stay home and her uncle’s actions wouldn’t come to light. She told The Washington Post that they also forced her to marry him but a court ultimately found the union illegal due to their familial ties.

Jessica said her uncle was never convicted despite DNA evidence. After getting out of jail for a drug-related crime, the uncle took her to court for visitation of their two sons, according to The Post.

A DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson told The Washington Post that the uncle was caught with possession of methamphetamine and suboxone and arrested with his 12-year-old son in the car with him. Despite this, a judge granted him visitation—and threatened Jessica with 48-hours jail time for every time she violated the order.

“It’s sickening,” she said. “I’ve spent my entire life scared to death of my rapist, and now, I’m fighting him for custody of my children.”

Alabama and Minnesota are the only two states that don’t terminate parental rights in cases of rape and incest. Jessica said she’s coming forward with her story in light of Alabama’s controversial abortion ban.

“You have to stand behind what’s right, and you have to stand up for what you believe in,” she said. “You know, it’s been a very long, hard road for me, but it’s going to be worth it. It may not benefit my case, but somebody in the future will benefit from this.”

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[Featured image: WIAT video screengrab]