" Men who abuse women physically and emotionally may also sabotage their partners’ birth control, pressuring them to become pregnant against their will, new reports suggest.
Several small studies have described this kind of coercion among low-income teenagers and young adults with a history of violence by intimate partners. Now, a report being released Tuesday by the federally financed National Domestic Violence Hotline says 1 in 4 women who agreed to answer questions after calling the hot line said a partner had pressured them to become pregnant, told them not to use contraceptives, or forced them to have unprotected sex. "
I can't imagine being trapped in that situation - and of course, these kinds of relationships are difficult to leave once you're in. At the risk of revealing my own stance on other issues: right now, considering the politics being pushed through Washington, life may be getting more and more frightening for victims of this sort of abuse who may one day not be able to reach, find, or afford a program that is suited and willing to help them when no one else is.
And as stated in the article: this probably isn't new. It's just never been brought up before. Since this article was published I haven't heard much discussion about it, either.
To me, it's more proof that judging people and/or sitting idly by if you have any idea that something may be wrong are equally dangerous. No one deserves to be trapped and living with the burdens these situations create. Do you know someone you could be helping?