Woman in Vegetative State Gives Birth

Police are investigating a ‘likely’ sexual assault

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I’m sure you’ve scrolled past this story in your newsfeed already. It’s the story about a woman who, as a result of a near-drowning incident, has been in a vegetative state for nearly ten years, and on Dec. 29th gave birth.

Noone at the healthcare facility, where she is meant to receive around-the-clock care, ever noticed she was pregnant until she was giving birth.

The baby boy was born healthy and police are investigating. Law enforcement is doing everything right in this incident, (based on written articles) and it’s not them that I’ve found issue with when reading about this tragedy.

This story is horrifying all on its own. This woman, who cannot defend herself in any way, was raped. Just the title of the articles make that abundantly clear, but as I was reading the initial news reports, this one to be precise, a single line stood out to me.

“Police are now investigating a likely sexual assault incident.”
‘likely’

When I was reading the first article that one word jumped out at me demon flying out of a wall.

Likely.

What does it say about our society, or even just reporting, that in a clearcut situation where there are no alternatives they still cannot openly admit, or even write, the word rape. This woman was raped. It was not a ‘likely’ sexual assault, it was, by every definition, rape.

There are no swimming times to be posted here, or an argument that she was drunk, or that she’s just having a bad case of ‘regret’, or that she’s just overreacting or made it up.

She was raped, and for nine months nobody noticed that she was pregnant. There comes a point in a pregnancy where it would be rather difficult to hide, although I do have to say that it is technically possible that nobody noticed given the right circumstances.

That said, there’s at least one person who must have known she was pregnant.

This is something that happened. There are no other alternatives. So why can’t reporters, even then, admit to it in writing?


JLRose is an American fantasy writer, 3D artist and game designer living in Melbourne, Australia. She’s spent the past three years working on the first full-length book of The Galean Universe.