A rape survivor’s lawyer has said that a county prosecutor’s office granted parental rights, including joint custody, to a man who raped a 12-year-old girl, resulting in her pregnancy.
Christopher Mirasolo pleaded guilty to the assault in 2008 but only spent 6 and a half months in prison. About two years later, he pleaded no contest after being accused of assaulting a 15-year-old girl.
According to attorney Rebecca Kiessling, the prosecutor’s office sought his right to custody and parenting time unasked and awarded it despite knowing the circumstances.
While it differs from state to state, rapists can often seek parental rights for children conceived by rape.
“These estimates put thousands of women at risk,” he said. “A lifetime tethered to their rapists because they chose to keep their child.”
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GLENN: The girls were giddy with excitement when the car pulled up. It was an older boy, one of their friends knew. He asked if they wanted to go for a ride. Three girls jumped into the car. They thought they were going to go to McDonald’s. Their excitement turned to fear as they drove past the Golden Arches and up to a vacant house. One of the girls, 12, was viciously raped. A month later, she discovered that she was pregnant with the rapist’s baby. This 12-year-old girl, despite the pressure for her to abort or put the child up for adoption, mom kept the child. She dropped HEP out of cshool they went to live with relatives. She worked jobs trying to support her and her family. Eight years she’s been doing this.
But now she is forced to face her rapist once again. And this time, because of the state. This week, the state of Michigan notified the attacker that, as the biological father, he had joint legal custody, visitation privileges, and must start paying child support.
As crazy as this sounds, this is routinely done by the prosecutor’s office when somebody makes an application for state assistance. State assistance.
The victim told the Detroit News, I think this is crazy. I was receiving $260 a month in food stamps for me and my son. And health insurance for him.
They’re just trying to see how they can get some of the money back. This is not a family. This is a felony.
This situation is surprisingly not that rare in America. There are 15 states in the US that have no law in place to terminate a rapist parental rights. And of all the 50 states, fewer than half have laws that allow the termination of parental rights to rapists without a conviction.
These estimates put thousands of women at risk. A lifetime tethered to their rapists because they chose to keep their child. Because these brave women understood that the circumstances of their child’s conception did not determine the child’s worth.
You comfortable with your daughter forced to relive her nightmare of a rape over and over again, every time the doorbell sounds, to pick up her daughter or her son, the rapist is there?
These women need to be protected and celebrated for turning a traumatic event into a blessing. Protect them.