When Samantha Perez was 15 years old, a family friend raped her. While the assault went undiscussed, the proof was growing inside of her: The Mexican-American teen was pregnant.
Like many teens who see a plus sign on their pregnancy sticks, Perez was scared. Talking about the pregnancy would mean disclosing her rape, and, for Perez, it would also mean further burdening her hard-working parents, who were already caring for her, her two siblings and another one on the way with one paycheck.
Hoping to not trouble her family, Perez kept her gestation a secret, that is until October 6, 2012 – when the truth revealed itself.
Perez, then 16, gave birth in the bathroom of her Mesa, Arizona home.
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