HOBART | Shauna Prewitt came to Hobart on Friday to share her story and to change hearts and minds.
Prewitt, a rape survivor who fights for the rights of mothers who bear children through rape, was the keynote speaker for the Lake County Right to Life's 41st annual banquet at Avalon Manor.
The banquet is the major fundraiser for Lake County Right to Life. Also at the event was Lake County Right to Life members such as the Rev. Cannon Robert Jennings, of Merrillville, the Rev. Ron Johnson, of Living Stones Church in Crown Point, and the Rev. Scott Ferry, of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Hammond.
A graduate of Georgetown University School of Law, Prewitt's goal is to “change the way society views the children of rape.”
While a student at University of Chicago, Prewitt was raped and became pregnant. After deciding to continue her pregnancy and raise the child, she was stunned when her attacker sought to assert his parental rights.
Prewitt’s daughter is now 9, and Prewitt has devoted her life and career to supporting the rights of women like herself. Now an author and attorney, Prewitt said only 24 states have laws in place that explicitly terminate or restrict the rights of men who father children through rape. Indiana has no such law in place. Currently the Rape Survivor Child Custody Act is making its way through Congress.
The act is in the U.S. House of Representatives and would offer financial incentives to states that pass laws that terminate or restrict the parental rights of rapists. House Bill 2772 is in committee, and according to the website govtrack.us, the bill has a 6 percent chance of becoming law.